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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | September 21, 2006
Put yourself in Bobbylinkapoo's horseshoes. You're a thoroughbred, born to run. But before you can run, they wedge you into this metal contraption barely wide enough to accommodate you. So one day a horse next to you starts acting up, and that just makes you even more nervous. Next time they try to put you into that gate, you tell them - in your horsey fashion - no way. For more than 60 years, whether the horses like it or not, races have begun the same way, with the gates of that metal contraption swinging open.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - After another difficult morning working in the starting gate, third-place Preakness finisher Social Inclusion will not run in Saturday's Belmont Stakes. "I don't want to hurt the horse," owner Ron Sanchez said as he watched Social Inclusion take a bath Wednesday morning. "There's no good reason to put him in that gate in front of 140,000 people. " The speedy colt will instead run in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens, earlier on Saturday's race card. The key difference, Sanchez said, is that the Woody Stephens will start on the far side of the track, away from the crowd.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | August 10, 1993
Pimlico Race Course does not appear to be a safe place to work, according to a state regulatory agency.The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Agency, a division of the state Department of Licensing and Regulation, has cited the Maryland Jockey Club, alleging 27 work-related violations. The agency also has proposed levying $30,150 in penalties on the track.tTC The MOSHA investigation was begun after the electrocution of the horse, Fox Brush, and injury to his exercise rider, Clayton Beck, during a morning training accident at the track's auxiliary starting gate April 1.About a third of the proposed fines, or $10,150, are related to functions at the "Practice Starting Gate Area" or the "Starting Gate at Rogers Avenue."
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September 27, 2007
Gov. Martin O'Malley's announcement that he intends to push for 9,500 slot machines to help solve Maryland's $1.7 billion budget deficit and revive horse racing was noteworthy in at least one respect: It was woefully short on specifics. Whether one is for or against slots, it's hard to draw many conclusions from the governor's remarks - aside from the fact that he intends to model his bill after legislation narrowly approved by the House of Delegates in 2005. That lack of detail is itself revealing.
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By Ross Peddicord | October 2, 1993
Eric Blind will not be the starter for the races at the meet opener on Tuesday at Laurel.John Mooney Jr., senior vice president and general manager at Pimlico/Laurel, said yesterday that "we will put a relief starter in his position during the Laurel meet. I haven't decided if it will be done temporarily or for a longer term."Mooney said the move is being made "due to the stress the man is under in this position in a year-round capacity."Blind, 56, said he considers himself fired and doesn't know what other capacity he will be working in at the track.
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July 25, 1991
Not so great in the gateThere are horses who don't break well from the starting gate. Then there's Lost Link.The 3-year-old, entered in the third race at Saratoga yesterday, flipped in the starting gate just before post time. He wedged himself beneath the gate. While thrashing about, he injured Curbex, another entrant, who occupied an adjoining stall. Both horses were ordered scratched. The jockeys involved were uninjured.Lost Link couldn't be removed from the gate until he was anesthetized by a track veterinarian and the gate was moved.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Staff Writer | April 2, 1993
A promising 3-year-old colt is dead and an exercise rider is in Sinai Hospital in satisfactory condition after a charge of electricity swept through the starting gate yesterday morning during a rainy training session at Pimlico Race Course.And veteran starting-gate worker Danny Fitchette, 52, is being hailed as a hero for saving the life of exercise rider Richard Clayton Beck.The colt, Fox Brush, by Broad Brush and out of Parade of Roses, fell to his knees and died instantly when hit by the electricity from a smoking cord that was hanging on the gate.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | June 29, 1994
Sunny Sunrise, Maryland's irascible millionaire thoroughbred, received an OK from starter Jimmy Havens yesterday and will run Saturday in the $200,000-added Baltimore Budweiser Breeders' Cup at Laurel Race Course.The 7-year-old gelding, who has developed a history of problems at the starting gate, flatly refused to break from the gate during a morning workout session at Laurel on Thursday.Havens told the horse's trainer, Grover G. "Bud" Delp, that Sunny Sunrise would be required to come back to the gate and break sharply before he would be allowed to run in Saturday's rich handicap even though the horse has raced 46 times and won $1.1 million.
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By MIKE KLINGAMAN and MIKE KLINGAMAN,SUN REPORTER | July 12, 2006
Seven members of the Maryland Racing Commission huddled around a television yesterday, studying tapes of Barbaro's fateful missteps in the 2006 Preakness. For 30 minutes, they examined the stumble from three camera angles in hopes of finding a cause or a reason that Barbaro, the Kentucky Derby winner, suffered a broken leg during the May 20 race. Frame by frame, the commissioners inspected the films. Their conclusion? "We agreed unanimously that the evidence is inconclusive," said chairman John P. McDaniel.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Staff Writer | April 3, 1993
A weak, tired and very fortunate Richard Clayton Beck walked out of Sinai Hospital yesterday and said: "I don't know if it's sunk in yet how lucky I am to be alive."Beck, an exercise rider at Pimlico Race Course, was injured Thursday morning when a charge of electricity swept through the starting gate during a rainy training session.Beck's horse, a 3-year-old colt named Fox Brush, died instantly when hit by the electricity from a smoking cord that was hanging on the gate, witnesses said. Beck was trying to get the horse out of the gate by opening the back door, and he was injured by the electricity as soon as he touched the door.
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By SANDRA MCKEE and SANDRA MCKEE,Sun Reporter | May 20, 2007
ONE RIDES A HORSE TO THE FINISH LINE IN FRONT OF A CROWD of cheering fans, and another is aboard when the only spectators are the early-morning denizens of the racetrack. *One is in charge of getting the thoroughbreds out of the starting gate, and another quite literally helps get them started, matching up sires and mares. *One sits in a corporate office, running the place, and another stands guard at a gate late into the night. *Different people, different jobs, yet all the same in one important way -- their lives are entwined with horse racing.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | May 17, 2007
Maybe it's the first sign of a reversal of fortune - and maybe not. But Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense and second-place finisher Hard Spun drew each other's Derby starting gate numbers yesterday for Saturday's 132nd Preakness at Pimlico Race Course. "This time, we got the seven hole and they got the eight," said Hard Spun's trainer, Larry Jones. "Maybe that means this time we'll get the win and he gets second." If that was supposed to put pressure on Street Sense trainer Carl Nafzger, Jones will have to try again.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | September 21, 2006
Put yourself in Bobbylinkapoo's horseshoes. You're a thoroughbred, born to run. But before you can run, they wedge you into this metal contraption barely wide enough to accommodate you. So one day a horse next to you starts acting up, and that just makes you even more nervous. Next time they try to put you into that gate, you tell them - in your horsey fashion - no way. For more than 60 years, whether the horses like it or not, races have begun the same way, with the gates of that metal contraption swinging open.
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By MIKE KLINGAMAN and MIKE KLINGAMAN,SUN REPORTER | July 12, 2006
Seven members of the Maryland Racing Commission huddled around a television yesterday, studying tapes of Barbaro's fateful missteps in the 2006 Preakness. For 30 minutes, they examined the stumble from three camera angles in hopes of finding a cause or a reason that Barbaro, the Kentucky Derby winner, suffered a broken leg during the May 20 race. Frame by frame, the commissioners inspected the films. Their conclusion? "We agreed unanimously that the evidence is inconclusive," said chairman John P. McDaniel.
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By SANDRA MCKEE AND KEN MURRAY and SANDRA MCKEE AND KEN MURRAY,SUN REPORTERS | May 23, 2006
When Barbaro pushed his chest through the starting gate before the start of the 131st Preakness Stakes on Saturday, he set the stage for a lot of second-guessing over his sudden, unusual and life-threatening injury. Though those closest to Barbaro, jockey Edgar Prado and trainer Michael Matz and even his surgeon, have said Barbaro's false start had nothing to do with his breaking his right hind leg near the start of the Preakness, speculation has continued. "I think it's good to set the record straight," said Dr. David Zipf, chief veterinarian for the Maryland Racing Commission and the vet who was responsible for the health of the horses at the starting gate.
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By Ed Waldman and Ed Waldman,SUN STAFF | April 13, 2005
OXON HILL -- Ron Franklin is returning to Maryland racing. Five years after barring him from setting foot in any racetrack in the state because of continued substance abuse, the Maryland Racing Commission yesterday granted Franklin a one-year license as an exercise rider. And though that's a long way from being the toast of Baltimore -- and the country -- after riding Spectacular Bid to victories in the 1979 Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and a third-place finish in the Belmont Stakes, it's an equally long way from being out of racing.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | April 8, 1993
The owner and trainer of a horse that was electrocuted at Pimlico Race Course have criticized a report made by the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau that labels the incident "an unavoidable accident."In the memorandum, TRPB agent John Key-- partially attributes the accident to Fox Brush, the horse that was killed, and not on negligence by the track or its employees.The report was dated April 3 but was not released until three days later, after it was perused by Martin Jacobs, general counsel for Pimlico management.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 13, 2004
Smarty Jones' connections wanted to be outside of fellow speedster Lion Heart coming out of the gate. Lion Heart's connections wanted to be inside of everybody. Both wishes were granted yesterday at the post position draw for the 129th Preakness Stakes at the ESPN Zone. Their preferences were practically guaranteed earlier in the day when Smarty Jones was second in the lineup to pick, followed immediately by Lion Heart. John Servis, trainer of the undefeated Kentucky Derby winner, picked post 7, the horse's lucky number, after long-shot Little Matth Man - first in the selection order - landed in the No. 3 gate.
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