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By Pete Bielski and Pete Bielski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 28, 1999
Trainer Tim Ritchey took a horse where it had never gone before, and the horse responded by taking his boss to a familiar place.This odd twist was accomplished by 5-year-old Up With The Flag, a fairly new acquisition to the Ritchey barn who had never been beyond a sprint in his 11-race career. That limit ended yesterday when "Flag" prevailed by a grudging nose in the 1 1/8-mile, $60,000 St. Brendan Stakes at Laurel Park. He defeated Perfect To A Tee in a grueling stretch drive, showing he has the stamina and courage to go beyond the limits of many a sprinter.
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By Jennifer K. Dansicker | October 3, 2011
Amanda Ritchey is an artist who followed her passion in life. She confesses that since her aunts were speech pathologists and her mother was a social worker, Amanda had always thought she would follow in their professional footsteps. But when she graduated from Towson University, she didn't know exactly what she wanted to do in graduate school, so she decided to take a job behind the makeup counter at Nordstrom in Towson.It was a life-altering decision. “It was during that time at Nordstrom that I found I had a gift for makeup and sales.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 26, 2005
Afleet Alex appears none the worse for wear after his near-disastrous experience during his victory in the 130th Preakness on Saturday. He returned to the Pimlico Race Course track yesterday morning for the first time since the big race, taking a two-mile jog, and trainer Tim Ritchey said, "I was ecstatic that he came out of the race as well as he has. "He was a touch stiff the first mile, which was to be expected. But by the time he was jogging the second mile, his ears were up and he was jogging forward and striding right out."
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By SANDRA MCKEE and SANDRA MCKEE,SUN REPORTER | December 2, 2005
Afleet Alex nearly went down in this year's Preakness, but he recovered from the incident to win the race and then take the Belmont Stakes, too. Even his trainer sounded amazed. "In the Preakness, his coordination was unbelievable," Tim Ritchey said. "I just couldn't believe he came out of that without any problem." But new evidence shows Afleet Alex probably didn't emerge unscathed, Ritchey said yesterday, and the popular horse is being retired to stud. Ritchey said it is his belief - and the educated guess of veterinarians - that an undiagnosed deep bone bruise, suffered when he clipped heels with Scrappy T coming out of the fourth turn at Pimlico Race Course, led to yesterday's announced retirement.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | May 12, 2005
The first of the Preakness colts rolled into Pimlico Race Course yesterday, and it didn't take long for Tim Ritchey to warm to the setting. With Afleet Alex grazing outside the stakes barn, the man with the unorthodox training methods and a passionate Pimlico past claimed "home-field advantage" for the 130th Preakness on May 21. "I've always done well here," Ritchey said after a nearly 13-hour trip by van from Louisville, Ky., delivered the third-place finisher...
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | August 25, 2003
Inside Ann Ritchey's fifth-grade classroom, where nearly every inch of wall space is covered in rainbow-colored posters and handmade bulletin boards, it looks more like the last day of school than the first. "I can't start the year not ready," said Ritchey, a math teacher at Bear Creek Elementary School in Dundalk. Prepared as she was, Ritchey knew she would sleep fitfully last night. Today is her 37th first day of elementary school as a teacher, but like her pupils, she still gets butterflies.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2005
ELMONT, N.Y. - The sporting world hasn't seen the last, or maybe even the best, of Afleet Alex, says Tim Ritchey, his trainer. The morning after Afleet Alex's overpowering victory in the Belmont Stakes, Ritchey said the colt would likely race Aug. 7 in the Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park. Afleet Alex might also compete Aug. 27 in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga, the trainer said. What's more, Ritchey said, the 3-year-old Afleet Alex would race next year, assuming he stays healthy and sound.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | May 22, 2005
There were plenty of flashbacks as trainer Tim Ritchey watched Afleet Alex win the 130th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course yesterday. Ritchey was reminded of his years as a steeplechase rider who was talented enough to nearly make the 1972 U.S. Olympic Equestrian team. Those memories came back when Afleet Alex clipped heels with Scrappy T and Ritchey saw his horse and jockey, Jeremy Rose, start going down. "Unfortunately, most of the horses I rode went down like that," Ritchey said, half-joking, at the post-race news conference last night.
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By Frank Langfitt and Sandy Alexander and Frank Langfitt and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | January 3, 2004
Kenyan police are investigating the death of a Western Maryland truck factory worker who was shot to death in an apparent robbery this week during a Christian missionary trip to the East African nation. Police said Paul A. Ritchey, 62, was killed Tuesday evening when assailants entered the guesthouse where he was staying in Malaba, a town on the country's western edge near the Ugandan border. "There were two local children watching television in the house where he was staying, and the intruders told them to lie down," said William Okello, officer in charge of Kenya's Teso district.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | February 9, 2003
Gimmeawink saved ground in a stalking position before swinging out, surging to the lead and drawing away to win the $50,000 Miracle Wood Stakes over a group of locally based Triple Crown nominees yesterday at Laurel Park. The 3-year-old colt, trained by Tim Ritchey, was given a strong ride by Jeremy Rose. Gimmeawink finished 1 1/4 lengths clear of a late-rallying Penobscot Bay. Gators and Bears was third. The winner completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 43.07 seconds and paid $6.80. "I didn't think the horse could go long off his most recent sprint, but both the horse and the trainer proved me wrong," Rose said.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2005
ELMONT, N.Y. - The sporting world hasn't seen the last, or maybe even the best, of Afleet Alex, says Tim Ritchey, his trainer. The morning after Afleet Alex's overpowering victory in the Belmont Stakes, Ritchey said the colt would likely race Aug. 7 in the Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park. Afleet Alex might also compete Aug. 27 in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga, the trainer said. What's more, Ritchey said, the 3-year-old Afleet Alex would race next year, assuming he stays healthy and sound.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS and Because of the suspected case of strangles at Belmont Park, trainer Tim Ritchey has decided to keep Afleet Alex at Pimlico | May 29, 2005
Ritchey originally had planned to ship the Preakness winner to Long Island today for the June 11 Belmont Stakes. The departure date will be delayed until New York Racing Association officials have control of the situation. One week after his victory, Afleet Alex jogged one mile and galloped two miles on the Pimlico oval this morning. Meanwhile, the betting numbers for Preakness day continue to soar, as the Maryland Jockey Club released the final numbers. Adding figures from simulcasting and the Preakness-Pimlico Special Double, the final handle figure is $91,028,704, including $63,230,573 on the Preakness.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 26, 2005
Afleet Alex appears none the worse for wear after his near-disastrous experience during his victory in the 130th Preakness on Saturday. He returned to the Pimlico Race Course track yesterday morning for the first time since the big race, taking a two-mile jog, and trainer Tim Ritchey said, "I was ecstatic that he came out of the race as well as he has. "He was a touch stiff the first mile, which was to be expected. But by the time he was jogging the second mile, his ears were up and he was jogging forward and striding right out."
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 23, 2005
Except for a scrape on the back of his left front ankle, Afleet Alex emerged from his near-disastrous Preakness in good shape - at least so far. Tim Ritchey, who trains Afleet Alex, said yesterday outside the stakes barn at Pimlico that the colt exhibited no signs of serious injury from the mishap in the Preakness. Afleet Alex clipped heels with Scrappy T around the far turn and nearly fell. He quickly regained his balance and charged to a 4 3/4 -length victory. However, Ritchey said he plans on keeping Afleet Alex at Pimlico until Friday to monitor the colt's condition.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | May 22, 2005
There were plenty of flashbacks as trainer Tim Ritchey watched Afleet Alex win the 130th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course yesterday. Ritchey was reminded of his years as a steeplechase rider who was talented enough to nearly make the 1972 U.S. Olympic Equestrian team. Those memories came back when Afleet Alex clipped heels with Scrappy T and Ritchey saw his horse and jockey, Jeremy Rose, start going down. "Unfortunately, most of the horses I rode went down like that," Ritchey said, half-joking, at the post-race news conference last night.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | May 12, 2005
The first of the Preakness colts rolled into Pimlico Race Course yesterday, and it didn't take long for Tim Ritchey to warm to the setting. With Afleet Alex grazing outside the stakes barn, the man with the unorthodox training methods and a passionate Pimlico past claimed "home-field advantage" for the 130th Preakness on May 21. "I've always done well here," Ritchey said after a nearly 13-hour trip by van from Louisville, Ky., delivered the third-place finisher...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Annie Linskey | September 9, 2004
Hometown: Baltimore Current members: Adam Marino, vocals and guitar; Shawn Hocherl, drums; Mike Ritchey ("Ritchey"), guitar; Eric Swender ("Dawg"), bass. Founded in: 2000 Style: Rock Influenced by: Poison, Garth Brooks and Green Day Notable: The band recently moved to Baltimore from Pennsylvania and changed its name. The group was called Never More, but the members changed it because they were often confused with a Seattle heavy-metal band with the same name. Quotable: Marino, on the band's first national tour: "It was the biggest and stupidest thing we ever did. We were living hand-to-mouth, eating $2 cheeseburgers.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS and Because of the suspected case of strangles at Belmont Park, trainer Tim Ritchey has decided to keep Afleet Alex at Pimlico | May 29, 2005
Ritchey originally had planned to ship the Preakness winner to Long Island today for the June 11 Belmont Stakes. The departure date will be delayed until New York Racing Association officials have control of the situation. One week after his victory, Afleet Alex jogged one mile and galloped two miles on the Pimlico oval this morning. Meanwhile, the betting numbers for Preakness day continue to soar, as the Maryland Jockey Club released the final numbers. Adding figures from simulcasting and the Preakness-Pimlico Special Double, the final handle figure is $91,028,704, including $63,230,573 on the Preakness.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Annie Linskey | September 9, 2004
Hometown: Baltimore Current members: Adam Marino, vocals and guitar; Shawn Hocherl, drums; Mike Ritchey ("Ritchey"), guitar; Eric Swender ("Dawg"), bass. Founded in: 2000 Style: Rock Influenced by: Poison, Garth Brooks and Green Day Notable: The band recently moved to Baltimore from Pennsylvania and changed its name. The group was called Never More, but the members changed it because they were often confused with a Seattle heavy-metal band with the same name. Quotable: Marino, on the band's first national tour: "It was the biggest and stupidest thing we ever did. We were living hand-to-mouth, eating $2 cheeseburgers.
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By Frank Langfitt and Sandy Alexander and Frank Langfitt and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | January 3, 2004
Kenyan police are investigating the death of a Western Maryland truck factory worker who was shot to death in an apparent robbery this week during a Christian missionary trip to the East African nation. Police said Paul A. Ritchey, 62, was killed Tuesday evening when assailants entered the guesthouse where he was staying in Malaba, a town on the country's western edge near the Ugandan border. "There were two local children watching television in the house where he was staying, and the intruders told them to lie down," said William Okello, officer in charge of Kenya's Teso district.
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