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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2012
Billy Turner will be in the stands at Belmont Park on Saturday, a shock of silver hair - and a slew of memories - tucked beneath his familiar Irish-peaked cap. At 72, he is the only living trainer of a Triple Crown champion. For now. I'll Have AnotherĀ  could change that, with a victory in the Belmont Stakes. And Turner, who took Seattle Slew to the top in 1977, likes this colt's chances. "He's a really good horse," Turner said of I'll Have Another, who has won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
It has been 36 years since racing's last Triple Crown winner, but for those involved with horses who have triumphed, the memories don't fade. As a prelude to California Chrome's attempt to become the 12 t h Triple Crown winner in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, The Baltimore Sun caught up with jockeys, trainers and owners from the three most recent champions: Secretariat who, in 1973, smashed track records at all three venues and was named Man...
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By Dale Austin and Dale Austin,Sun Staff Correspondent | September 30, 1990
FAIR HILL -- Jonathan Sheppard, the nation's champion steeplechase trainer 17 times, extended his lead for the 1990 title by sending out the gelding, Yaw, to win the $25,000 Manly Challenge Cup at Fair Hill yesterday.The 8-year-old son of Seattle Slew led virtually all of 16 fenceand 2 3/8 miles, and finished 4 3/4 lengths in front of Senator Brady, the second choice who stalked the leader all the way.Third came Morewoods, followed by Cadent and Make AzilianThe morning-line favorite, Victorian Hill, was scratched, as was Double Barrel.
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May 19, 2014
Twice in recent days you have let the stupid opinion that we hear every year at this time be aired in your publication, first by Stuart Janney and then again by Peter Schmuck ( "A year after Triple Crown spotlight, Stuart Janney III reflects on horse racing in Maryland," May 11). That is the notion that we ought to change the Triple Crown to make it easier for a horse to win it. Any tinkering would be spitting in the eyes of the great horses of history that have, without any whining or belly aching, achieved one of he toughest feats in sports.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 11, 1997
By the time Seattle Slew arrived at Pimlico for the 102nd Preakness on May 21, 1977, the fairy tale was one-third told.A modest $17,500 purchase as a yearling, Seattle Slew had starred in the rags-to-riches story of winning the Kentucky Derby. His owners -- two fun-loving couples in their 30s dubbed the "Slew Crew" -- were the darlings of American racing.The nation's sports fans watched eagerly as Seattle Slew -- this dark-brown blaze of speed so awkward as a baby that his handlers called him "Baby Huey" after the clumsy comic-strip character -- tried to do what no horse had ever done: win the Triple Crown without having lost a race.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 8, 2002
Seattle Slew, the last living winner of the Triple Crown, died yesterday in his sleep at Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington, Ky. The gallant Slew was 28. His death leaves racing without a living Triple Crown winner for the first time since 1919, when Sir Barton became the first horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Only 11 horses have accomplished the feat, considered the sport's holy grail. Seattle Slew was the 10th, capturing the series in 1977, and the only one to do it undefeated.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer | May 13, 1992
When Arazi generated breathless hyperbole in the weeks leading up to this year's Kentucky Derby, Billy Turner was reminded of a similar buildup and a simpler time.The year was 1977, the horse was Seattle Slew and the expectations were no less enormous."He was an undefeated 2-year-old," said Turner, Seattle Slew's trainer. "Being the 2-year-old champ, he had run the fastest mile a 2-year-old had ever run. The heat was intense."Then, as this year with Arazi, there were attempts at comparison with the incomparable Secretariat.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | June 2, 2008
Billy Turner is rooting for Big Brown in Belmont Stakes on Saturday. As the only living trainer of a Triple Crown champion, he would like Maryland native Rick Dutrow to join the exclusive club. "It has been a long time," Turner said. "It's time for somebody to win the Triple Crown, or it will get too discouraging to try." In 1977, Turner's horse, Seattle Slew, became the 10th winner of the Triple Crown. At the time, Turner trained his horses in Harford County, and he still trains at Belmont Park.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2010
Forty-three years ago this week, a white-knuckled young horseman sat in the stands at Pimlico Race Course, gripping his program as a 2-year-old thoroughbred named Salerno breezed to a seven-length victory. "What a thrill that was," Billy Turner said of the win, his first as a trainer. Ten years later, in 1977, Turner sent another of his charges — a dark-brown colt with blue-collar roots — onto the same track, in the Preakness Stakes. Seattle Slew won his race, too. And the next one, which sealed the Triple Crown for Slew and thrust the curly-topped Turner into a coveted group.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 7, 2003
Vindication, undefeated winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and leading contender for the Kentucky Derby, will miss the Triple Crown series after injuring a suspensory ligament while training at Santa Anita Park in California. The news came yesterday after a week of speculation about the colt's condition. Trainer Bob Baffert had abruptly changed Vindication's training regimen and then bristled at questions about the popular horse, a son of Seattle Slew owned by Florida-based Padua Stables.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2013
As Orb charged to the wire at Churchill Downs last weekend, he established his clear superiority to the other 18 thoroughbreds on horse racing's biggest stage, the Kentucky Derby. But compared to Derby champions of the past, Orb's time is less impressive - his 2:02.89 run doesn't rank among the top 10 in the race's history. It is slower than the times of many winners from the 1950s and 1960s, and well behind Secretariat's 1973 record. Blame the muddy track? Fair enough, but none of the past decade's Derby winners recorded a top 10 time either.
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Peter Schmuck | June 8, 2012
Once again, horse racing will have to wait for a new hero. The erstwhile Sport of Kings will not have its first Triple Crown since 1978. Not this year. The shocking news that I'll Have Anotherhad to be scratched from Saturday's Belmont Stakes is another huge blow to an industry desperately trying to become relevant for a new generation of sports fans. The fact that the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner had to withdraw just a day before making his bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed added some drama to the disappointment.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2012
Billy Turner will be in the stands at Belmont Park on Saturday, a shock of silver hair - and a slew of memories - tucked beneath his familiar Irish-peaked cap. At 72, he is the only living trainer of a Triple Crown champion. For now. I'll Have AnotherĀ  could change that, with a victory in the Belmont Stakes. And Turner, who took Seattle Slew to the top in 1977, likes this colt's chances. "He's a really good horse," Turner said of I'll Have Another, who has won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2011
Just about every Friday morning, Karen Lubieniecki takes a leisurely stroll to Laurel Park, finds a place along a railing at the nearly empty racetrack and spends an hour or so watching the horses exercise as the sun climbs the sky. It isn't that she's a horse racing aficionado. It's just that she appreciates a meaningful place. "You don't have to know the ins and outs of racing to love that atmosphere and take in the beauty of those animals," says Lubieniecki, a history buff and a senior staff member at the Laurel Historical Society just a few furlongs down the road.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2010
Forty-three years ago this week, a white-knuckled young horseman sat in the stands at Pimlico Race Course, gripping his program as a 2-year-old thoroughbred named Salerno breezed to a seven-length victory. "What a thrill that was," Billy Turner said of the win, his first as a trainer. Ten years later, in 1977, Turner sent another of his charges — a dark-brown colt with blue-collar roots — onto the same track, in the Preakness Stakes. Seattle Slew won his race, too. And the next one, which sealed the Triple Crown for Slew and thrust the curly-topped Turner into a coveted group.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | June 2, 2008
Billy Turner is rooting for Big Brown in Belmont Stakes on Saturday. As the only living trainer of a Triple Crown champion, he would like Maryland native Rick Dutrow to join the exclusive club. "It has been a long time," Turner said. "It's time for somebody to win the Triple Crown, or it will get too discouraging to try." In 1977, Turner's horse, Seattle Slew, became the 10th winner of the Triple Crown. At the time, Turner trained his horses in Harford County, and he still trains at Belmont Park.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | July 18, 1992
LAUREL -- There is life after Seattle Slew.Doug Peterson -- who trained the Triple Crown winner after the infamous firing of the horse's former trainer, Billy Turner, in 1977 -- re-surfaced at Laurel Race Course this week.The 40-year-old horseman is trainer for starter Dolly's Fortune in today's Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash.Peterson has a string of 17 horses at Hollywood Park. Kent Desormeaux had his choice of two California-based, 3-year-olds to ride in the De Francis race and chose the one trained by Peterson.
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By John Eisenberg | October 27, 1995
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Winner of 11 straight races by a combined 38 lengths, Cigar has championship credentials beyond suspicion. He is obviously the real deal.But just how great is he? Is he a legitimate heir to Spectacular Bid, Seattle Slew, Secretariat and the other horses considered the best since World War II? Or is he just the best of a mediocre generation?These are bar-stool questions without definitive answers, like "Who was better, Bird or Magic?" But the subjective nature of the issue isn't keeping opinions from flying before the Breeders' Cup tomorrow at Belmont Park, where Cigar is a 3-5 favorite to win the Classic.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun reporter | May 18, 2008
Jockey Kent Desormeaux took what he called an "armchair" ride on Big Brown yesterday, easing his way down the front stretch at Pimlico Race Course to a memorable Preakness victory that will send him on a historic journey. Just 1 minute, 54.80 seconds after leaving the starting gate, Big Brown crossed the line, his ears pricked, his legs rising and falling in a comfortable gallop, his closest competitor 5 1/4 lengths up the track. Big Brown is going to the Belmont Stakes on June 7 with a shot at becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 30 years.
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