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June 29, 1991
Arugula furnished jockey Rick Wilson with his 2,990th victory in the $23,000 Oh Say Purse yesterday at Pimlico Race Course.The 6-year-old horse rallied down the center of the track to edge Catillating by one length in 1 minute, 10 3/5 seconds for six furlongs.Leading jockey Edgar Prado was unseated from his mount, Dontcloseyoureyes, at the start and was released from the track's first-aid station after examination.* Samuel H. Rogers Jr.'s Grab the Green, one of six turf winners at Pimlico this spring for trainer Barclay Tagg, will shoot for her first stakes victory today in the 19th running of the $57,600 Hilltop Stakes.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | August 24, 2004
It is one of the most terrifying sights in sports - the instant a thoroughbred racehorse falters and throws his rider to the ground, directly in harm's way. All types of thoughts race through an onlooker's mind about what might be the result, and many of them are scary. Usually, the worst is expected, and when the jockey arises unhurt, a gratifying sigh of relief follows. On May 8, a week before this year's Preakness at Pimlico Race Course, veteran Rick Wilson wasn't so fortunate. His mount, Advance to Go, stumbled and unseated him, then a helpless Wilson was kicked in the head.
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July 10, 1991
Rick Wilson became the 53rd jockey to reach the 3,000 career-victory mark by winning at Laurel Race Course yesterday.Wilson, 37, from Oklahoma, rode Flags Up in the first race for the milestone. He also won with a late mount, Carry on Rob, in the fifth race.Wilson, who accepted his first mount in 1970, settled in Maryland last September and has been riding first call for the Ben W. Perkins Jr. stable.Also yesterday, Mighty Rose, a lightly raced daughter of 1984 Laurel Futurity winner Mighty Appealing, won the $16,500 Gilded Cage Purse.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | June 9, 2003
Although final figures will not be released until later this week by Magna Entertainment Corp., there is no doubt that inclement weather this year had a negative impact on the spring meeting at Pimlico Race Course. Despite a Preakness Day program that held its own in the midst of gloomy, rainy skies, wagering for the stand is expected to be down considerably from 2002. The constant rainfall cut sharply into the track's ability to conduct turf racing - a staple during the spring - and led to numerous events shifted to the main track with unattractively short fields.
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November 28, 1998
THE EPIPHANY for Rick Wilson came on a Virginia highway when he saw a bedraggled woman waving for help. She had found a road-kill buck deer in the brush and wanted to get it in her auto. "My kids and me are hungry," she tersely explained, as Mr. Wilson loaded the carcass into the trunk.That connection between desperate human hunger and the abundance of wild deer led to the Hagerstown man's involvement with a statewide group called Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry. The group aims to provide 250,000 pounds of venison a year to Maryland food banks and soup kitchens.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | August 24, 2004
It is one of the most terrifying sights in sports - the instant a thoroughbred racehorse falters and throws his rider to the ground, directly in harm's way. All types of thoughts race through an onlooker's mind about what might be the result, and many of them are scary. Usually, the worst is expected, and when the jockey arises unhurt, a gratifying sigh of relief follows. On May 8, a week before this year's Preakness at Pimlico Race Course, veteran Rick Wilson wasn't so fortunate. His mount, Advance to Go, stumbled and unseated him, then a helpless Wilson was kicked in the head.
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By From Staff Reports | March 2, 1994
LAUREL -- The late-striding Coringa overtook Portage Path in the stretch and drew off to a convincing 5 1/2 -length triumph in the General Holme Purse at Laurel Race Course yesterday.Sent away the favorite, Coringa covered 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 44 2/5 seconds with Rick Wilson (who notched a two-win day) aboard. Trained by Carlos Garcia, Coringa paid $4.60, $2.80 and $2.40. The victory was the fifth in 29 career starts for Coringa; the Florida-bred has hit the board 14 times for earnings in excess of $100,000.
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June 2, 2001
A pair of stakes races for fillies and mares highlight the weekend at Pimlico. Post time both days is 1:05 p.m. Today, seven fillies and mares will run 1 1/16 miles in the $40,000 Heartlight No. One Stakes, with April in Calgary as the 3-1 favorite. The Allen Iwinski-trained filly has been in the money 17 times in 26 career starts. Tomorrow in the $40,000 Arctic Cloud Stakes, nine 3-year-old fillies will run six furlongs. Xtra Heat, the John Salzman-trained star who has won 12 of 14 starts, is the 8-5 favorite.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | April 27, 2003
Grace Bay trounced the field, including the 3-5 favorite, in the $75,000 Caesar's Wish Stakes over a muddy surface yesterday at Pimlico Race Course. Grace Bay, a bay Maryland-bred daughter of Waquoit who was bred by her owner, earned a resounding 5 1/2 -length victory over her uncoupled stablemate, Demetra's Love. Dale Capuano trains both fillies. Odds-on favorite Coquettish could not mount a sufficient rally and tired to last. In a four-horse race, scratched down from an original seven, Grace Bay broke third but was racing ahead of Coquettish.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 13, 2001
Rick Wilson, the hard-riding veteran jockey, suffered a broken femur (thigh bone) and ribs yesterday during the fourth race at Pimlico Race Course. His mount, Home Verse, broke a leg coming out of the final turn. Wilson was thrown to the dirt, where another horse slammed into him. According to Wilson's agent, John Salzman Jr., Wilson broke his right femur and three ribs. Wilson was taken by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Last night, he was listed in serious but stable condition.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | April 27, 2003
Grace Bay trounced the field, including the 3-5 favorite, in the $75,000 Caesar's Wish Stakes over a muddy surface yesterday at Pimlico Race Course. Grace Bay, a bay Maryland-bred daughter of Waquoit who was bred by her owner, earned a resounding 5 1/2 -length victory over her uncoupled stablemate, Demetra's Love. Dale Capuano trains both fillies. Odds-on favorite Coquettish could not mount a sufficient rally and tired to last. In a four-horse race, scratched down from an original seven, Grace Bay broke third but was racing ahead of Coquettish.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | December 18, 2002
Rick Wilson never -- not once, not ever -- considered retiring after severely breaking his leg Oct. 12, 2001, in a vicious spill at Pimlico. Despite painful complications that kept him out of work for a year and two weeks, he never considering giving up. "Never crossed my mind," says Wilson, 49, one of the oldest jockeys in one of the most demanding professions. "I guess you might as well say I'm a nut. I love it. I love riding." A major reason he loves it at this stage of a 30-year career is a speedy little filly living in a stall at Laurel Park.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 13, 2001
Rick Wilson, the hard-riding veteran jockey, suffered a broken femur (thigh bone) and ribs yesterday during the fourth race at Pimlico Race Course. His mount, Home Verse, broke a leg coming out of the final turn. Wilson was thrown to the dirt, where another horse slammed into him. According to Wilson's agent, John Salzman Jr., Wilson broke his right femur and three ribs. Wilson was taken by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Last night, he was listed in serious but stable condition.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | August 25, 2001
Amid troublesome signs for Maryland racing, Pimlico closed its unusual mini-meet yesterday with roughly the same numbers as Laurel Park in the corresponding period last year. The total thoroughbred handle for 13 racing programs was down less than $200,000, thanks primarily to a $900,000 increase in the in-state take. But the commingled figure (the amount wagered out of state on Maryland racing) offset that with a falloff of slightly more than $1.1 million. Lou Raffetto, chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club, attributed the drop to "racing against real strong competition.
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June 2, 2001
A pair of stakes races for fillies and mares highlight the weekend at Pimlico. Post time both days is 1:05 p.m. Today, seven fillies and mares will run 1 1/16 miles in the $40,000 Heartlight No. One Stakes, with April in Calgary as the 3-1 favorite. The Allen Iwinski-trained filly has been in the money 17 times in 26 career starts. Tomorrow in the $40,000 Arctic Cloud Stakes, nine 3-year-old fillies will run six furlongs. Xtra Heat, the John Salzman-trained star who has won 12 of 14 starts, is the 8-5 favorite.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | February 19, 2001
Sometimes, it's better to be lucky than first. Such was the case with local runner Do I Ever, who benefited most from a disqualification yesterday to win the $100,000 John B. Campbell Handicap on a fast track at Laurel Park. New York invader Top Official finished on top after the classic Preakness distance of 1 3/16 miles, but the stewards immediately flashed an inquiry sign after the finish. Momentarily, jockey Rick Wilson - who rode third-place finisher Tibado - lodged an objection against the first finisher and jockey Diane Nelson.
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By Pete Bielski and Pete Bielski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 11, 1999
A change of riders and a change of strategy paid off for Crosspatch and trainer Berkley Kern in yesterday's $100,000 John B. Campbell Handicap at Pimlico. Kern put jockey Rick Wilson in the saddle for the first time and told the rider to keep his aggressive gelding away from the early pace, his normal preference. The changes resulted in a 10-to-1 upset, as a reserved Crosspatch coasted past front-runners Admiral Bo and heavy favorite Carta De Amor to win by three lengths. Waited, the 3-2 second choice, rallied from fourth in the five-horse field but was no match for Crosspatch and Wilson.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | December 6, 1992
On a cold, blustery day when winds at the head of the stretch registered 30 mph, Woods of Windsor heated up the odds board at Laurel Race Course.The first flash of the Tote showed him opening up at 1-5 odds in the Maryland Juvenile Championship, almost unheard of for a maiden.Eventually, the horse, who had previously finished second in two sprints, but was expected to improve as the distance increased, went off the 4-5 favorite in the 10-horse field.He won by seven lengths.There were a few tense moments during the running of the race.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 10, 1999
The question about Crab Grass in yesterday's $75,000 Skipat Stakes was a five-month layoff.But the mare returned running to steal away from six rivals for a 1 1/4-length victory in the first MATCH race of the year for older female sprinters.In a race named for a horse owned by popular local restaurateur Constantine "Buzz" Beler, Crab Grass laid just off the pace, pulled away from a tiring Mz. Ann and held off a late challenge by Passeggiata to score her seventh lifetime win and first since last August at Saratoga.
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By Pete Bielski and Pete Bielski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 11, 1999
A change of riders and a change of strategy paid off for Crosspatch and trainer Berkley Kern in yesterday's $100,000 John B. Campbell Handicap at Pimlico. Kern put jockey Rick Wilson in the saddle for the first time and told the rider to keep his aggressive gelding away from the early pace, his normal preference. The changes resulted in a 10-to-1 upset, as a reserved Crosspatch coasted past front-runners Admiral Bo and heavy favorite Carta De Amor to win by three lengths. Waited, the 3-2 second choice, rallied from fourth in the five-horse field but was no match for Crosspatch and Wilson.
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