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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2012
Michael Phelps made history this week, becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time. But the winning seems to stop when it comes to his Baltimore real estate. TMZ reports today that Phelps finally sold his Fells Point condo -- at a significant loss. They say Phelps sold the posh pad for $1.25 million last week though he was hoping to get $1.42. The news site doesn't list a source for the information. The Fell Street condo, part of The Townhomes at the Crescent, was spotted for sale earlier this year.
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May 20, 2014
I have been in the horse racing industry for 25 years and totally agree with Keith Dane's thoughts that a federal agency needs to take over control of the sport ( "Stop doping horses," May 15). The states are totally lacking in any control. Jay Stone - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Colleen Thomas and The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
Kentucky Derby winner Orb is the even-money favorite for the Preakness, so the biggest topics leading up to the weekend have, obviously, been about his chances and how to beat him on Saturday. “The jockey was just here," Mylute jockey Rosie Napravnik, the fiery 25-year-old, shot back. "Ask him.” Though Napravnik eventually talked quite a bit about her thoughts on Orb and her possible strategies coming out of the gate -- Orb drew post-position No. 1, while Mylute is at No. 5 -- she has her own worries about Mylute.
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By John Scheinman | May 14, 2014
On the wall next to Coley Blind's desk in the back corner of the Pimlico racing office is a small framed black-and-white photograph of the legendary race horse Citation, the day of his walkover in the 1948 Pimlico Special. A walkover usually only takes place when the favorite is so overwhelming that nobody even bothers to enter another horse to compete, and the lone runner takes a solo victory lap around the track. That's how great Citation was. In the picture, Eddie Blind, dapper in a fedora, holds Citation's shank with his right hand while cradling his little son Coley, dressed like Spanky from "The Little Rascals," in his left.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2012
Maryland trainer Carlos Garcia said it takes a little patience to coax success from an inexpensive race horse. He might have added love and peppermints, too, because that is what the 62-year-old gives his Laurel Park-based horses, and it has paid off well. Saturday, Garcia will send Action Andy, the winner of the Jim McKay Maryland Million Sprint, to post in the 21st running of the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash. If Action Andy wins, it will be Garcia's 145th career stakes victory.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2012
A growing number of thoroughbreds are being groomed for new roles following their days on the race track, including assignments as fox hunters, riding horses, pets and show jumpers. Maryland thoroughbred trainer Rodney Jenkins points to the intelligence of a horse as one of the reasons why the animal is able to easily make the transition into the next stage of its life. "It's really a thrilling thing to watch a horse in action," Jenkins said. "They're beautiful animals. They're not dumb.
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By John Scheinman | May 14, 2014
On the wall next to Coley Blind's desk in the back corner of the Pimlico racing office is a small framed black-and-white photograph of the legendary race horse Citation, the day of his walkover in the 1948 Pimlico Special. A walkover usually only takes place when the favorite is so overwhelming that nobody even bothers to enter another horse to compete, and the lone runner takes a solo victory lap around the track. That's how great Citation was. In the picture, Eddie Blind, dapper in a fedora, holds Citation's shank with his right hand while cradling his little son Coley, dressed like Spanky from "The Little Rascals," in his left.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2012
Michael Phelps could very well become the greatest Olympian of all time but he says when he retires from swimming after the London Games, he plans to conquer a new sport: Horse racing. Phelps tells Yahoo that he's quite serious about buying a race horse with his longtime coach Bob Bowman. He tells the news organization that the two have discussed it repeatedly. In fact, he has his eye on Preakness 2014 -- if not the Triple Crown. "I think it would be cool," Phelps told Yahoo, adding that he hopes to hit all of next year's Triple Crown races as an observer, if not a shopper.
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March 15, 2013
There appears to be yet another reality check for those who thought that casino gambling would save horse racing in Maryland: twice as many horses were euthanized at Maryland race tracks last year (21) as in the previous year. Apparently track conditions and animal care regimens have not changed;  speculation is that with slot gambling responsible for larger purses, more horses are being raced in less than perfect condition. Casino gambling was supposed to be the panacea for Maryland's woes. Yet we have new and higher taxes, and now the animals are paying, too.  Marjorie Schulenburg Laurel
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | July 9, 1993
Texas should soon have its first of three proposed Grade I racetracks.But it won't be operated by the Lone Star Jockey Club, the Dallas-Fort Worth group affiliated with Laurel/Pimlico president Joe De Francis.Speaking at the AmTote International convention yesterday in Baltimore, David Freeman, executive secretary of the Texas Racing Commission, said that financing for Sam Houston Race Park in Houston was completed a couple of days ago and that Maxxam Corp., the company building the facility, will start construction immediately.
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By Colleen Thomas and The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
Kentucky Derby winner Orb is the even-money favorite for the Preakness, so the biggest topics leading up to the weekend have, obviously, been about his chances and how to beat him on Saturday. “The jockey was just here," Mylute jockey Rosie Napravnik, the fiery 25-year-old, shot back. "Ask him.” Though Napravnik eventually talked quite a bit about her thoughts on Orb and her possible strategies coming out of the gate -- Orb drew post-position No. 1, while Mylute is at No. 5 -- she has her own worries about Mylute.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2013
To co-workers, he's known as The Racing Guy. His neckties have little horses on them, and James Stierhoff has a different one for each day of the week. The walls of his office cubicle at the investment firm Brown Advisory are peppered with news clippings of recent Maryland Hunt Cup races. Stierhoff has won it twice. Saturday, on the lush, rolling hills in Glyndon, he'll try to win a third Hunt Cup aboard the same horse - a feat last achieved in 1967, and only seven times in the 116-year history of the brutal four-mile steeplechase race.
EXPLORE
March 15, 2013
There appears to be yet another reality check for those who thought that casino gambling would save horse racing in Maryland: twice as many horses were euthanized at Maryland race tracks last year (21) as in the previous year. Apparently track conditions and animal care regimens have not changed;  speculation is that with slot gambling responsible for larger purses, more horses are being raced in less than perfect condition. Casino gambling was supposed to be the panacea for Maryland's woes. Yet we have new and higher taxes, and now the animals are paying, too.  Marjorie Schulenburg Laurel
SPORTS
By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2012
Maryland trainer Carlos Garcia said it takes a little patience to coax success from an inexpensive race horse. He might have added love and peppermints, too, because that is what the 62-year-old gives his Laurel Park-based horses, and it has paid off well. Saturday, Garcia will send Action Andy, the winner of the Jim McKay Maryland Million Sprint, to post in the 21st running of the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash. If Action Andy wins, it will be Garcia's 145th career stakes victory.
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2012
Michael Phelps made history this week, becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time. But the winning seems to stop when it comes to his Baltimore real estate. TMZ reports today that Phelps finally sold his Fells Point condo -- at a significant loss. They say Phelps sold the posh pad for $1.25 million last week though he was hoping to get $1.42. The news site doesn't list a source for the information. The Fell Street condo, part of The Townhomes at the Crescent, was spotted for sale earlier this year.
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2012
Michael Phelps could very well become the greatest Olympian of all time but he says when he retires from swimming after the London Games, he plans to conquer a new sport: Horse racing. Phelps tells Yahoo that he's quite serious about buying a race horse with his longtime coach Bob Bowman. He tells the news organization that the two have discussed it repeatedly. In fact, he has his eye on Preakness 2014 -- if not the Triple Crown. "I think it would be cool," Phelps told Yahoo, adding that he hopes to hit all of next year's Triple Crown races as an observer, if not a shopper.
NEWS
May 20, 2014
I have been in the horse racing industry for 25 years and totally agree with Keith Dane's thoughts that a federal agency needs to take over control of the sport ( "Stop doping horses," May 15). The states are totally lacking in any control. Jay Stone - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Jody Jaffe and Jody Jaffe,Special to the Sun | May 2, 2004
A Year at the Races, by Jane Smiley. Knopf. 284 pages. $22. Reading Jane Smiley's A Year at the Races made me fall in love with horses all over again. It's a meandering ride through Smiley's quirky and complex thoughts. She's like a giant parabolic antenna, catching all sorts of esoteric information and applying it to horses and their relationships with humans. Smiley pulls from sources as varied as Hamlet and Howard Gardner's Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, and her insights and observations are invigorating.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2012
A growing number of thoroughbreds are being groomed for new roles following their days on the race track, including assignments as fox hunters, riding horses, pets and show jumpers. Maryland thoroughbred trainer Rodney Jenkins points to the intelligence of a horse as one of the reasons why the animal is able to easily make the transition into the next stage of its life. "It's really a thrilling thing to watch a horse in action," Jenkins said. "They're beautiful animals. They're not dumb.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | June 11, 2011
Sagamore Farm's Monzon arrived at Belmont Park early today and after getting a bath was resting in a stall until the race, according to posts on Facebook by the horse's connections. Although made a 30-1 longshot on Wednesday by the Belmont handicapper Eric Donovan, Sagamore Farm's officials are very optimistic and confident that Monzon will run a good race. Monzon drew the No. 7 post position in the 12-horse field. The other Maryland-based horse, Animal Kingdom, was made a 2-1 morning-line favorite on Wednesday.
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