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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | November 21, 1993
Going into yesterday's Walter Haight Handicap at Laurel Race Course, Gala Spinaway had lost his past three races.But that didn't fool the Maryland bettors, who still made him the 8-5 favorite in the six-horse field.The old horse delivered, coming from off the pace to beat Northern Launch by a head and win his 14th race in 38 career starts.The $33,000 winner's share increased his total earnings to $660,907.Gala Spinaway is part of the legacy left by the late Bernie Bond, whose stable was taken over last spring by his 29-year-old assistant, Graham Motion.
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By Bob Pickering and Bob Pickering,Sun Staff Writer | August 28, 1995
Do It Royal, the rank outsider in a field of nine, recorded the most important victory of his career with a last-to-first finish in the $30,000 Linkage Stakes at Timonium yesterday.With only a half-mile remaining and still in last place, Do It Royal circled the field with a rush on his way to a 1 1/2 -length victory over the favorite, Flying Punch. Creative Tension finished third.In addition, the long shot was forced to survive a foul claim lodged by Omar Klinger, rider of the runner-up.Juan Umana was aboard the Kentucky-bred colt, which produced the largest mutuel ($52.
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By Dale Austin and Dale Austin,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 1, 1990
LAUREL -- Gala Spinaway rallied from fourth and won the $40,900 Bimelech Stakes at Laurel Race Course yesterday in a scene that has happened dozens of times through the years at Maryland racetracks.The reason for the familiarity was the personalities in the winners' circle. There were the winning owners, Gertrude and Skip Leviton, and the breeders, Nancy and Bob Leonard. They were there to celebrate another stakes winner sent out by trainer Bernie Bond.The colt had just won the seven-furlong race for 2-year-olds by 4 3/4 lengths over Solo Dash, and Skip Leviton, from Atlantic City, N.J., was asked how long his racehorses that included the name "Gala" in them had been winning stakes races.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | April 12, 1995
If railbirds happen to see former Maryland-bred champion Gala Spin- away galloping at Laurel Park in a couple of weeks, take note: It's not a mirage.The 7-year-old, who was retired to stud last fall and was expected to breed his first book of mares this spring, has shown little interest in his new career and is being returned to the racetrack.Larry Murray, manager of Glade Valley Farm near Frederick, where the horse was retired last year, said that Gala Spinaway "just never got it together" in the breeding shed and refused to breed a mare.
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By Ross Peddicord | July 19, 1993
Gala Spinaway, a former champion Maryland-bred, returned to winning form after an extended layoff yesterday when he won the $35,000 Chase Me Stakes at Laurel Race Course.Ridden by Greg Hutton, Gala Spinaway rallied from fourth and prevailed by a half-length over Who Wouldn't. Ibex, the favorite, finished fourth.In the co-featured Snow Plow Stakes, jockey Billy Moorefield won his second added-money race in two days when he guided Smart 'n Noble to a 3 3/4 -length victory over maiden Another Dessa.
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By Marty McGee | April 14, 1991
When Gala Spinaway won the Cherry Hill Mile 15 days ago the finish was so tight that the colt had to wait some 10 minutes before entering the winner's circle.No such wait yesterday.The colt made a mockery of the $75,000 Deputed Testamony Stakes at Pimlico Race Course yesterday, then walked straight into the winner's circle. He won by 13 lengths -- which was 13 lengths, less a fraction of an inch, greater than his margin in the Cherry Hill Mile."That seemed like forever," jockey Gregg McCarron said of the time it took the photo-finish camera to separate Gala Spinaway and Near the Limit in the Garden State Park race.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | April 12, 1995
If railbirds happen to see former Maryland-bred champion Gala Spin- away galloping at Laurel Park in a couple of weeks, take note: It's not a mirage.The 7-year-old, who was retired to stud last fall and was expected to breed his first book of mares this spring, has shown little interest in his new career and is being returned to the racetrack.Larry Murray, manager of Glade Valley Farm near Frederick, where the horse was retired last year, said that Gala Spinaway "just never got it together" in the breeding shed and refused to breed a mare.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Correspondent | February 25, 1991
LAUREL -- There is no Lost Code or Private Terms among them, but this year's crop of Maryland-based 3-year-olds is considered a highly competitive group."
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | March 1, 1992
LAUREL -- It was the race, as someone said, "that everybody went in, one of the fullest stakes fields this year."But when the 12-horse field in the Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Handicap reached the stretch yesterday, it was strictly a two-horse fight to the finish.Pace-setter Flaming Emperor surprised almost everyone, even his trainer, Kenny Cox, and almost stole the $45,000 winning purse from favored Gala Spinaway.But when jockey Gregg McCarron switched sticks near the three-sixteenths pole, Gala Spinaway dug in and caught the front-runner about 70 yards from the wire.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | August 15, 1993
For a couple of decades, Skip Leviton and his wife, Gertrude, have had their picture taken numerous times in the winner's circle at Maryland racetracks with a succession of stakes winners such as Gala Lil, Gala Harry or Gala Goldilocks.But the couple has never looked happier than they did yesterday when their 5-year-old horse, Gala Spinaway, won the $100,000 Polynesian Handicap at Pimlico Race Course.Jockey Mario Pino said the horse literally "charged away" from the opposition in the stretch, defeating runner-up Ibex by nearly three lengths.
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April 9, 1994
Greatsilverfleet, a stakes winner in Maryland and Arkansas, heads a field of six expected starters in today's Grade III $100,000 John B. Campbell Handicap at Pimlico.The 4-year-old colt, trained by Dale Capuano, won the Annapolis Stakes at Laurel and the Essex Handicap at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas. Edgar Prado has been named to ride Greatsilverfleet, who could be pointed to the May 14 Pimlico Special.Other horses entered in the 1 1/16-mile race are Reputed Testimony, Ameri Valley, Johnny Rome, Super Memory and Local Problem, a 5-year-old who won the Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Handicap at Laurel last month.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | March 6, 1994
Local Problem might be called the Charles Barkley of racehorses.He's a troublemaker, a bully, an in-your-face kind of animal that loves to be manhandled, his trainer Mary Eppler said yesterday.But the equine bad boy unleashed a strong late bid in the stretch at Laurel Race Course yesterday and won the $75,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Handicap by five lengths over 7-5 favorite Gala Spinaway.He was ridden by Allen Stacy, who won his second stakes in two weeks after recently moving back to the Maryland circuit from Kentucky.
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By Pete Bielski and Pete Bielski,Contributing Writer | November 25, 1993
The numbers at Laurel Race Course are downright depressing these days. Attendance. Handle. Horse population. Winning times. You name it.The lone exception is trainer Graham Motion, the former assistant to Hall of Famer Bernie Bond, who died last February at age 75.Motion, 29, notched his 11th win of the meeting yesterday with Rasputin, a 2-year-old maiden filly. She rolled to a 15-length rout, a victory that almost symbolizes Motion's hot streak that includes Saturday's Walter Haight Handicap with Gala Spinaway.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | November 21, 1993
Going into yesterday's Walter Haight Handicap at Laurel Race Course, Gala Spinaway had lost his past three races.But that didn't fool the Maryland bettors, who still made him the 8-5 favorite in the six-horse field.The old horse delivered, coming from off the pace to beat Northern Launch by a head and win his 14th race in 38 career starts.The $33,000 winner's share increased his total earnings to $660,907.Gala Spinaway is part of the legacy left by the late Bernie Bond, whose stable was taken over last spring by his 29-year-old assistant, Graham Motion.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | August 15, 1993
For a couple of decades, Skip Leviton and his wife, Gertrude, have had their picture taken numerous times in the winner's circle at Maryland racetracks with a succession of stakes winners such as Gala Lil, Gala Harry or Gala Goldilocks.But the couple has never looked happier than they did yesterday when their 5-year-old horse, Gala Spinaway, won the $100,000 Polynesian Handicap at Pimlico Race Course.Jockey Mario Pino said the horse literally "charged away" from the opposition in the stretch, defeating runner-up Ibex by nearly three lengths.
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By Ross Peddicord | July 19, 1993
Gala Spinaway, a former champion Maryland-bred, returned to winning form after an extended layoff yesterday when he won the $35,000 Chase Me Stakes at Laurel Race Course.Ridden by Greg Hutton, Gala Spinaway rallied from fourth and prevailed by a half-length over Who Wouldn't. Ibex, the favorite, finished fourth.In the co-featured Snow Plow Stakes, jockey Billy Moorefield won his second added-money race in two days when he guided Smart 'n Noble to a 3 3/4 -length victory over maiden Another Dessa.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | August 2, 1992
LAUREL -- Gala Spinaway returned to stakes-winning form yesterday on a surface he doesn't particularly relish.The 4-year-old colt, a champion in state-bred company last year had not won a stakes since February. And he had only won one previous grass start in five attempts.But under a textbook ride by Gregg McCarron yesterday in th Find Handicap at Laurel Race Course, the Bernie Bond-trained colt took the lead from pace-setters Creative Act and Fahrvegnuggen in mid-stretch. He then strode out well at the finish on a yielding turf course and held off a rallying Be Nimble for a 1 1/2 -length victory.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | December 16, 1991
LAUREL -- Half Gavvo gave him the one and Valley Crossing the two, but Gala Spinaway emerged a likely champion yesterday at Laurel Race Course.Absorbing the stretch combination that trainer Richard Small's uncoupled duo threw at him, Gala Spinaway probably clinched a Maryland-bred award with a narrow victory in the $50,000 Annapolis Handicap. The triumph was probably the most exciting and hard-earned of a rigorous 1991 campaign for the 3-year-old colt.Half Gavvo, with Edgar Prado up, drew even with Gala Spinaway with an inside rally with a quarter-mile left in the 1 1/8 -mile Annapolis.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | August 2, 1992
LAUREL -- Gala Spinaway returned to stakes-winning form yesterday on a surface he doesn't particularly relish.The 4-year-old colt, a champion in state-bred company last year had not won a stakes since February. And he had only won one previous grass start in five attempts.But under a textbook ride by Gregg McCarron yesterday in th Find Handicap at Laurel Race Course, the Bernie Bond-trained colt took the lead from pace-setters Creative Act and Fahrvegnuggen in mid-stretch. He then strode out well at the finish on a yielding turf course and held off a rallying Be Nimble for a 1 1/2 -length victory.
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By James H. Jackson and James H. Jackson,Staff Writer | April 12, 1992
Speakerphone, with Clarence Ladner aboard, stalked Rainbow Prospect down the back stretch, took the lead on the turn and pulled away through the home stretch to win the Hirsch Jacobs Stakes yesterday at Pimlico Race Course.The three-year-old son of Fappiano out of Hat Brim by In Reality covered the six furlongs in 1 minute, 10 1/5 seconds. Coin Collector, coming on with a rush in the stretch, finished second and Golden Phase was third."He broke good, laid up close and moved up near the lead on the backside, so I let him go to the lead on the turn," said Ladner.
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