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By SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 11, 2001
Former Maryland trainer John Tammaro Jr., missing since Feb. 25, has been found dead in a South Florida canal. Tammaro's body and Mercedes were discovered by a diver in an east-west canal in Miramar Monday. He had been seen driving the vehicle when he left Gulfstream Park, approximately 15 miles to the east. The Broward County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled out foul play. "All along, we were afraid of foul play," the trainer's son, John Tammaro III, told Bloodhorse.com. "So I'm relieved about that.
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By SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 11, 2001
Former Maryland trainer John Tammaro Jr., missing since Feb. 25, has been found dead in a South Florida canal. Tammaro's body and Mercedes were discovered by a diver in an east-west canal in Miramar Monday. He had been seen driving the vehicle when he left Gulfstream Park, approximately 15 miles to the east. The Broward County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled out foul play. "All along, we were afraid of foul play," the trainer's son, John Tammaro III, told Bloodhorse.com. "So I'm relieved about that.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 23, 1997
Concerto has joined Captain Bodgit at Churchill Downs, providing Marylanders with two rooting interests in the Kentucky Derby on May 3.After a 12-hour van ride from John Tammaro III's barn at Laurel Park, Concerto arrived Monday in Louisville about 6: 30 p.m."He walked off the van playing," Tammaro said yesterday. "He's feeling real good."Concerto warmed up for the Derby with a victory Saturday in the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico. Tammaro said that after the race he talked with George Steinbrenner, who owns Concerto, and Mike Boyd, who manages Steinbrenner's horse farm in Florida.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | March 4, 2001
If Tiznow, Captain Steve and Albert the Great don't tickle your fancy, what does Include do for your senses? With a dearth of scintillating thoroughbreds racing in this country, the opportunity exists for a horse to emerge as the new star. Trained by the dapper Grover G. "Bud" Delp, Include could take the first steps toward stardom today in the $500,000 New Orleans Handicap at the Fair Grounds. A Maryland-bred son of Broad Brush and Illeria, Include will make his second start of 2001 in the Grade II stakes.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 14, 1997
BOSS GOES TO THE WHIP. Orders Concerto's trainer to fix Derby mess for Preakness.The headline in yesterday's New York Post -- a screamer on the tabloid's back page -- rippled all the way to Baltimore and the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course. There, John Tammaro III, a devoted, hard-knocking horseman from Maryland, sent Concerto to the track for his crucial last workout before Saturday's Preakness Stakes.Despite the morning sunshine, a black cloud hovered.According to the Post, George Steinbrenner, who owns Concerto, was "embarrassed" by the colt's ninth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby and "told trainer Tammaro in no uncertain terms to make sure it doesn't happen again Saturday in the Preakness."
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1997
The incredible journey began one year ago when two Maryland trainers saddled horses for the Laurel Futurity.First run in 1921 -- and to be run for the 75th time today at Laurel Park -- the Futurity for 2-year-olds has showcased such winners as Count Fleet, Citation, Secretariat and Affirmed. All winners the next year of the Triple Crown, they became captivating horse stories.But last year's Futurity became the story of the trainers, Gary Capuano and John J. Tammaro III.Astute horsemen from devout horse families, they both sensed potential greatness in their precocious 2-year-olds, Captain Bodgit and Concerto.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 28, 1997
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Now that he is here, actually here at Churchill Downs for his first Kentucky Derby, John Tammaro III still is the coolest dude on the backstretch."
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By Pete Bielski and Pete Bielski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 13, 1997
It was the lure of bigger purses that took John Tammaro out of Maryland years ago. It's a filly that has brought him back.The veteran trainer watched with a smile as Secret Prospect cruised to her ninth stakes victory yesterday at Pimlico, taking the $54,150 Primonetta Stakes. All of her stakes wins have come in Maryland, though the other eight were at Laurel, including three restricted to Maryland-breds."I like Maryland; I always have," said Tammaro, 51. "I went to New Jersey because of bigger purses a few years back and I established clientele there.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | March 8, 1997
As the road to the Kentucky Derby gets shorter, the steps the contenders must take become longer. Today, Concerto takes a big step in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park.Trained by the Laurel-based John J. Tammaro III, Concerto likely will be favored in the 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-olds aiming for a berth in the Triple Crown races."What's happening now is that a lot of good horses are surfacing," Tammaro said. "And then you've got a lot more horses looking for a reason to belong.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | March 31, 1997
FLORENCE, Ky. -- At opposite ends of Barn 27 at Turfway Park, opposing emotions prevailed.Standing yesterday outside Stall 51, John Tammaro III had fun with the Jim Beam Stakes winner, Concerto. Concerto stuck out his thick tongue, and Tammaro grabbed it and rubbed gently."You watch these kind of horses run all the time for other people," said Tammaro, who grew up in Baltimore and lives in Howard County. "You don't realize how great it is until you have one of your own."On Saturday, Concerto commanded center stage in the Triple Crown drama with a 2 1/2 -length victory in the $600,000 Jim Beam Stakes at this track in northern Kentucky.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1997
The incredible journey began one year ago when two Maryland trainers saddled horses for the Laurel Futurity.First run in 1921 -- and to be run for the 75th time today at Laurel Park -- the Futurity for 2-year-olds has showcased such winners as Count Fleet, Citation, Secretariat and Affirmed. All winners the next year of the Triple Crown, they became captivating horse stories.But last year's Futurity became the story of the trainers, Gary Capuano and John J. Tammaro III.Astute horsemen from devout horse families, they both sensed potential greatness in their precocious 2-year-olds, Captain Bodgit and Concerto.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | May 18, 1997
After another finish out of the money, John Tammaro III adheres to his contention voiced weeks ago: Concerto is the best horse he has ever trained.And, if you must know, Tammaro is getting along just fine with George Steinbrenner, who owns Concerto as well as the New York Yankees.Tammaro, who grew up near Pimlico Race Course and now lives in Cooksville in Howard County, came in sixth with Concerto in the Preakness yesterday after a disappointing ninth in the Kentucky Derby."He's the best horse I've had, without a doubt," said Tammaro, 51, a fourth-generation horseman who has been a trainer since 1976.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 14, 1997
BOSS GOES TO THE WHIP. Orders Concerto's trainer to fix Derby mess for Preakness.The headline in yesterday's New York Post -- a screamer on the tabloid's back page -- rippled all the way to Baltimore and the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course. There, John Tammaro III, a devoted, hard-knocking horseman from Maryland, sent Concerto to the track for his crucial last workout before Saturday's Preakness Stakes.Despite the morning sunshine, a black cloud hovered.According to the Post, George Steinbrenner, who owns Concerto, was "embarrassed" by the colt's ninth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby and "told trainer Tammaro in no uncertain terms to make sure it doesn't happen again Saturday in the Preakness."
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By John Eisenberg | May 2, 1997
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Not to douse all this excitement about having two Maryland-based horses among the top Kentucky Derby contenders, but have you noticed that the owner of one of "our" horses isn't exactly a local hero?Concerto, the chestnut colt trained by longtime Maryland racetracker John Tammaro III, is owned by none other than George Steinbrenner.That's right, we have locked arms and taken a blood oath with the Boss, owner of the New York Yankees.Sorry about making you spit out your coffee.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 28, 1997
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It doesn't matter that D. Wayne Lukas has no horse in the Kentucky Derby. He still draws a crowd.Why? Because he's trying to persuade the owner of the filly Sharp Cat to let him enter her."If I thought we were really overmatched, I'd just as soon sit it out," said Lukas, who has saddled horses in every Kentucky Derby since 1981. "I'd like to run her, only because I think we can win it."Prince Ahmed Salman, a member of Saudi Arabia's ruling family, owns Sharp Cat. Lukas said that the prince might agree to run, but that his racing manager, Richard Mulhall, prefers to race Sharp Cat here on Friday in the Kentucky Oaks for fillies.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 28, 1997
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Now that he is here, actually here at Churchill Downs for his first Kentucky Derby, John Tammaro III still is the coolest dude on the backstretch."
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 18, 1997
As a boy growing up on Garrison Avenue, John Tammaro III would sneak under the fence at Pimlico, climb the steps of the grandstand and catch pigeons.Tomorrow, Tammaro will return to Pimlico as a trainer to catch a greater prize: the outbound to Louisville. Although his Concerto will be favored to win tomorrow's Federico Tesio Stakes, the goal is the Kentucky Derby two weeks later at Churchill Downs.And Concerto, as consistent and talented as any 3-year-old in the country, is one of a handful of horses with a legitimate chance of winning the Derby.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | May 18, 1997
After another finish out of the money, John Tammaro III adheres to his contention voiced weeks ago: Concerto is the best horse he has ever trained.And, if you must know, Tammaro is getting along just fine with George Steinbrenner, who owns Concerto as well as the New York Yankees.Tammaro, who grew up near Pimlico Race Course and now lives in Cooksville in Howard County, came in sixth with Concerto in the Preakness yesterday after a disappointing ninth in the Kentucky Derby."He's the best horse I've had, without a doubt," said Tammaro, 51, a fourth-generation horseman who has been a trainer since 1976.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 23, 1997
Concerto has joined Captain Bodgit at Churchill Downs, providing Marylanders with two rooting interests in the Kentucky Derby on May 3.After a 12-hour van ride from John Tammaro III's barn at Laurel Park, Concerto arrived Monday in Louisville about 6: 30 p.m."He walked off the van playing," Tammaro said yesterday. "He's feeling real good."Concerto warmed up for the Derby with a victory Saturday in the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico. Tammaro said that after the race he talked with George Steinbrenner, who owns Concerto, and Mike Boyd, who manages Steinbrenner's horse farm in Florida.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 20, 1997
George Steinbrenner's Concerto tuned up for the Kentucky Derby with a leisurely win yesterday at Pimlico. But the music swirled off track with rumors of an impending sale of the horse.Before and after Concerto's victory in the $155,500 Federico Tesio Stakes -- one of five stakes comprising the Maryland Spring Breeders' Challenge -- the colt's trainer, John Tammaro III, deflected questions about events behind-the-scenes.They created a mystery more compelling than a horse race.First, a veterinarian from Kentucky was flown yesterday by private jet to Maryland to examine Concerto for an unidentified prospective buyer.
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