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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | June 12, 1994
Pace often makes a race, and Smart Alec found it to his liking yesterday in the $53,900 Housebuster Handicap at Pimlico Race Course.While three front-runners burned through a 45 1/5-second half-mile, jockey Mario Pino kept Smart Alec a leisurely last in the six-horse field.But when the time came, Smart Alec unleashed a determined rush and he went on to draw off to a 3 1/4 -length victory over favored Secret Odds in the six-furlong sprint."He went real easy," said Pino. "I never went to the whip."
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | December 4, 1994
The resurgence of the Oliver Goldsmith stable continued at Laurel Park yesterday when Miss Slewpy easily defeated older fillies and mares in the Grade III Carousel Stakes.The Goldsmith homebred strengthened her bid for year-end Maryland-bred honors by exploding through a hole along the rail and drew off in stakes record time to a seven-length victory over Double Sixes.L The favored Buffels was a half-length further back in third.Although Miss Slewpy completed the nine furlongs in 1 minute, 49 1/5 seconds, nearly two seconds off the track mark, it was faster than the nine previous runnings of the Carousel.
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By Ross Peddicord | January 9, 1992
Smart Alec, one of the winningest horses in Maryland, also is one of the unluckiest.The Maryland Million winner turned up with a trace of cocaine in his system after a winning race in June, and was disqualified. It has never been determined exactly how he ingested the drug, but it is believed he ate cocaine-tainted straw.Then, yesterday, the Maryland Racing Commission upheld the stewards' decision to disqualify him from the Challedon Handicap, after he fouled a horse that didn't place.Steward Bill Passmore said that during his 36-year career as a jockey, he never claimed foul against a winner if his mount hadn't earned a piece of the purse.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | November 12, 1994
With one deft move in the upper stretch, Who Wouldn't spoiled Smart Alec's chances for an early retirement yesterday.Jockeys on both horses took aim at the same spot near the three-sixteenths pole, trying to overtake front-runners Goldminer's Dream and Mr. Moby Dick in the Challedon Stakes.Who Wouldn't got there first.At stake: the $36,000 winner's share in the Veterans Day feature at Laurel Park.It was also the race meant to be Smart Alec's swan song. The intention was he'd repeat his Challedon victory of a year ago and trot off to stud at Elberton Hill Farm in Harford County on a winning note.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | November 12, 1994
With one deft move in the upper stretch, Who Wouldn't spoiled Smart Alec's chances for an early retirement yesterday.Jockeys on both horses took aim at the same spot near the three-sixteenths pole, trying to overtake front-runners Goldminer's Dream and Mr. Moby Dick in the Challedon Stakes.Who Wouldn't got there first.At stake: the $36,000 winner's share in the Veterans Day feature at Laurel Park.It was also the race meant to be Smart Alec's swan song. The intention was he'd repeat his Challedon victory of a year ago and trot off to stud at Elberton Hill Farm in Harford County on a winning note.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | February 6, 1994
Two horses lodged strong rallies in the stretch of the $53,325 Hoover Stakes yesterday at Laurel Race Course, but it was Smart Alec and jockey Mario Pino who prevailed at the wire.The 6-year-old horse made his customary late bid on the inside and beat Military Look, whose wide rally on the outside under Rick Wilson fell a head short.Who Wouldn't held the lead until deep stretch and finished third, a length ahead of favored He Is Risen. The latter ran three horses wide most of the way and hung at the end.Less than five lengths separated the entire five-horse field at the finish of the six-furlong sprint that served as a preview for the $200,000 General George Stakes on Feb. 21.All five horses are expected to run back in the race, including last-place finisher Flaming Emperor.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 12, 1991
LAUREL -- Another Maryland horse has tested positive for metabolites of cocaine.Smart Alec, trained by Richard Delp, was found to have the drug in his system, the Maryland stewards announced yesterday. Delp immediately won a stay, pending appeal, of the 15-day suspension from the Maryland Racing Commission.Smart Alec, a 3-year-old, tested positive after winning the seventh race June 14 at Pimlico Race Course.With Delp's case marking the third of its kind this year, cocaine in horses has become an increasingly heated issue.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Evening Sun Staff | January 9, 1992
Smart Alec is one of the winningest horses in Maryland, but he is also one of the unluckiest.The Maryland Million winner first turned up with a small trace of cocaine in his system after a winning race in June and was disqualified. It has never been determined exactly how he ingested the drug, but it is believed he ate cocaine-tainted straw.Then yesterday, the Maryland Racing Commission upheld the stewards' decision to disqualify him from the Challedon Handicap after he fouled a horse that didn't even place in the race.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | January 18, 1992
LAUREL -- Mario Pino says he thinks six furlongs might not be far enough for Smart Alec, a maturing 4-year-old. But when the second Northern Wolf Handicap is run today at Laurel Race Course, Pino expects the colt to be moving best of all at the finish."
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | March 22, 1992
LAUREL -- The horse who appeared to be his major competition was scratched, so Smart Alec had things his own way yesterday in the $40,000 J. Edgar Hoover Handicap at Laurel.Without overnight favorite Flaming Emperor in the field, Smart Alec and jockey Mario Pino easily overtook the front-running Fighting Notion to win the six-furlong -- in 1 minute, 10 1/5 seconds.Smart Alec broke last while Fighting Notion, who set some rapid fractions, took his speed to the front. But at the 16th pole, the winner came flying by on the outside and was ahead by a widening three lengths at the wire.
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By Kent Baker and Ross Peddicord and Kent Baker and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writers | October 2, 1994
Besides Taking Risks, Prenup was the only other horse on yesterday's Maryland Million card who had captured a Grade I stakes.He upheld his reputation in the $100,000 Sprint Handicap at 4-5 odds with a length victory over the game long shot Who Wouldn't.The win was the fourth straight for the New York-based Prenup, who flashed to the wire in 1 minute, 9 seconds for six furlongs, a stakes record and only a second off the track record."I want to see how this horse comes out of the race. We may end up going to the Breeders' Cup," said Prenup's trainer Mark Hennig.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | June 12, 1994
Pace often makes a race, and Smart Alec found it to his liking yesterday in the $53,900 Housebuster Handicap at Pimlico Race Course.While three front-runners burned through a 45 1/5-second half-mile, jockey Mario Pino kept Smart Alec a leisurely last in the six-horse field.But when the time came, Smart Alec unleashed a determined rush and he went on to draw off to a 3 1/4 -length victory over favored Secret Odds in the six-furlong sprint."He went real easy," said Pino. "I never went to the whip."
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | February 6, 1994
Two horses lodged strong rallies in the stretch of the $53,325 Hoover Stakes yesterday at Laurel Race Course, but it was Smart Alec and jockey Mario Pino who prevailed at the wire.The 6-year-old horse made his customary late bid on the inside and beat Military Look, whose wide rally on the outside under Rick Wilson fell a head short.Who Wouldn't held the lead until deep stretch and finished third, a length ahead of favored He Is Risen. The latter ran three horses wide most of the way and hung at the end.Less than five lengths separated the entire five-horse field at the finish of the six-furlong sprint that served as a preview for the $200,000 General George Stakes on Feb. 21.All five horses are expected to run back in the race, including last-place finisher Flaming Emperor.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | November 3, 1993
The miracles of veterinary surgery, often taken for granted, were on display at Laurel Race Course yesterday when Smart Alec won the $60,000 Challedon Stakes.Within 10 months of breaking his right front cannon bone after finishing second in the Gravesend Handicap at Aqueduct last winter, the 5-year-old horse is back in the winner's circle."Just a nice simple condylar [joint] fracture" is the way veterinarian Jimmy Stewart described the break which he operated on by inserting a metal screw.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | September 14, 1992
Two-time winner Timely Warning is among the 201 horses that have been pre-entered for the 12-race Maryland Million card Sept. 26 at Pimlico Race Course.An extra race for 2-year-old maidens at a mile on the turf has been added and a steeplechase race, inaugurated a year ago, also will be run again.Midas and Baron de Vaux, runners-up to Timely Warning in the Budweiser Maryland Classic last year, also have been pre-entered.The 5-year-old mare Brilliant Brass, a multiple stakes winner this year, is cross-entered in two races -- the Distaff Handicap, a sprint for 3-year-old fillies and mares -- and the Classic, where she would face males for the first time in her career.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | May 17, 1992
With Pat Day up, second choice Potentiality led at every post and won the $150,000 Maryland Budweiser Breeders' Cup yesterday by a length over long shot Smart Alec."
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | November 3, 1993
The miracles of veterinary surgery, often taken for granted, were on display at Laurel Race Course yesterday when Smart Alec won the $60,000 Challedon Stakes.Within 10 months of breaking his right front cannon bone after finishing second in the Gravesend Handicap at Aqueduct last winter, the 5-year-old horse is back in the winner's circle."Just a nice simple condylar [joint] fracture" is the way veterinarian Jimmy Stewart described the break which he operated on by inserting a metal screw.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 11, 1991
LAUREL -- Richard Delp settled in for the long haul. Arms resting on the grandstand fence and eyes fixed on the tote board, Delp was hopeful victory would not be snatched from his colt.But when the board went blank, and Smart Alec was disqualified from first to ninth in the $60,000 Challedon Handicap at Laurel Race Course yesterday, Delp, the colt's trainer, quickly abandoned his stand in disgust.Maryland horseplayers yesterday also settled in for the long haul that defines Laurel's fall/winter meet.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | March 22, 1992
LAUREL -- The horse who appeared to be his major competition was scratched, so Smart Alec had things his own way yesterday in the $40,000 J. Edgar Hoover Handicap at Laurel.Without overnight favorite Flaming Emperor in the field, Smart Alec and jockey Mario Pino easily overtook the front-running Fighting Notion to win the six-furlong -- in 1 minute, 10 1/5 seconds.Smart Alec broke last while Fighting Notion, who set some rapid fractions, took his speed to the front. But at the 16th pole, the winner came flying by on the outside and was ahead by a widening three lengths at the wire.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | January 18, 1992
LAUREL -- Mario Pino says he thinks six furlongs might not be far enough for Smart Alec, a maturing 4-year-old. But when the second Northern Wolf Handicap is run today at Laurel Race Course, Pino expects the colt to be moving best of all at the finish."
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