Advertisement
HomeCollectionsThoroughbred Racing
IN THE NEWS

Thoroughbred Racing

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
By Stephen Kiehl and Jacques Kelly and Stephen Kiehl and Jacques Kelly,Sun reporters | November 25, 2007
Merrall MacNeille Sr., a former steward of Maryland thoroughbred racing who judged numerous Preakness and thousands of other races, died Monday of complications from old age at his home near Butler in Baltimore County. He was 98. Mr. MacNeille spent his career in the racing industry, joining the state racing association in 1948 as a turf official. He worked myriad jobs, including horse identifier, paddock judge, entry judge, placing judge and patrol judge, before becoming a steward. But horses weren't his only passion.
ARTICLES BY DATE
SPORTS
By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - For months now, California Chrome has carried the outlandish dreams of his little-guy owners and his unsung trainer every time he's roared around another racetrack. As his victories have mounted, so has his cargo. When he enters the starting gate for Saturday's Belmont Stakes, the dashing chestnut colt will carry the dreams of every thoroughbred racing enthusiast yearning to see the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. It would be great for the sport, they say. And it's hard to argue against the value of a transcendent hero to offset years of drug scandals, declining crowds and fractured governance.
Advertisement
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2013
The Breeders' Cup, created as a roving championship of thoroughbred racing, shunned Louisville's Churchill Downs this week and announced it would return to Santa Anita Park in 2014 for a third consecutive year. Santa Anita, of course, is owned by the Stronach Group, which also owns Pimlico and Laurel. The same company is investing more than $100 million into its Gulfstream Park facility in Florida to turn it back into a Breeders' Cup-worthy venue . With massive renovations being drawn up for Pimlico, I thought it might be a good time to ask Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas if he thought Old Hilltop could ever host the Breeders' Cup. He laughed and said, "In this world, anything is possible.
NEWS
May 19, 2014
This year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes have reminded America about what's great about horse racing. California Chrome has been a display of magnificence, and his story, and those of his trainer and owners, have been endearingly human. The mere possibility of the first Triple Crown winner in nearly four decades has rekindled the optimism that must be at the heart of every racing fan. But this year's Belmont Stakes has the potential to remind America about what's so maddening about horse racing.
FEATURES
By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,SUN STAFF | May 15, 2000
Come one, come all. Place your wagers free! It's the NTRA Racing Experience! And here you were, loping across the hot asphalt of the Camden Yards parking lot, ticket in hand, three hours before a ballgame, minding your own business. Here you were, pondering exactly how the Baltimore bullpen might cough up yet another five-run lead, when Echo Lee, microphone in hand, cries out again: Twelve minutes to post! Place your wagers free! Come on board! At least this ship doesn't look like it's sinking.
SPORTS
August 13, 2004
680 B.C. - Way before thoroughbred racing Chariot racing involved teams of four horses, competing on a course ranging from two to eight miles. The charioteers were paid professionals, but the prize went to the owner.
SPORTS
By Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | March 23, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- The state Senate yesterday killed a bill that would have allowed twilight racing at Pimlico Race Course for one year.The bill, which would have allowed thoroughbred racing one da a week until 7:30 p.m., died by a vote of 17 to 28.Senator Barbara A. Hoffman, D-Baltimore, led the floor figh against the bill. She argued that extending racing hours would further disrupt the neighborhoods surrounding the racetrack.
SPORTS
By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1996
As hopeful racing officials gathered yesterday for groundbreaking ceremonies at Colonial Downs in southern Virginia, workers continued erecting the steel framework of the track's grandstand."
NEWS
By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | January 7, 2002
John David Schapiro, the former owner of Laurel Race Course who was credited with bringing a global touch to thoroughbred racing in the United States, died Saturday from heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 87. In 1952, Mr. Schapiro introduced at Laurel the Washington D.C. International, a turf race crafted to bring together the world's best horses. England's Wilwyn won the inaugural event, and the International became an important fixture on U.S. and foreign racing calendars before it ended in 1995.
SPORTS
By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,Sun Staff Writer | May 19, 1994
NEW YORK -- For a sport that reveres pedigree and tradition, thoroughbred racing seems to have made an odd choice for commissioner in J. Brian McGrath.He describes himself as a longtime, but casual fan -- this year's Kentucky Derby was his first -- and he's never owned a track, a farm or even a horse.But the former banker, entertainment industry executive and international marketer was named thoroughbred racing's first commissioner two months ago. His charge: Revive what he acknowledges is widely perceived to be a dying business.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
A day after California Chrome won the Preakness, his trainer raised the startling possibility he might not try for the Triple Crown because of New York rules barring a nasal adhesive strip the colt has used in recent races. If California Chrome were to win the Belmont Stakes on June 7, he'd capture the first Triple Crown in 36 years. The possibility that the charismatic horse will pull off the sport's signature achievement has the thoroughbred racing world abuzz. For years, racing lovers have said the sport needs a superstar in the mold of Secretariat or Seattle Slew to mitigate declines in attendance and mainstream interest.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
Thoroughbred racing will resume at Pimlico Race Course on Thursday afternoon with a nine-race card to kick off the track's 35-day spring meeting. The schedule will be highlighted by the 139 t h Preakness Stakes, with a richer purse of $1.5 million, up from $1 million in 2013. Pimlico will host racing Thursday through Sunday until the May 17 Preakness and Friday through Sunday between the Preakness and the June 7 Belmont Stakes in New York. The Pimlico schedule will include 25 stakes races with purses totaling about $4.7 million.
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2013
The Breeders' Cup, created as a roving championship of thoroughbred racing, shunned Louisville's Churchill Downs this week and announced it would return to Santa Anita Park in 2014 for a third consecutive year. Santa Anita, of course, is owned by the Stronach Group, which also owns Pimlico and Laurel. The same company is investing more than $100 million into its Gulfstream Park facility in Florida to turn it back into a Breeders' Cup-worthy venue . With massive renovations being drawn up for Pimlico, I thought it might be a good time to ask Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas if he thought Old Hilltop could ever host the Breeders' Cup. He laughed and said, "In this world, anything is possible.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker and Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2013
The colt was a knucklehead, really. He had speed and endurance in his pedigree, but if you had polled his owners and his trainer a year ago, none would have predicted that he'd gallop in the same steps as his great-grandsire, 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew. When the gates dropped on his first race, Orb did not even break. Second race? Same thing. He did not win until the fourth and final race of his two-year-old campaign. But where other colts might level off or become erratic, Orb seemed to get better every day. “I've never seen anything like it,” said his trainer, Claude “Shug” McGaughey, who has been in the thoroughbred game more than 40 years.
NEWS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2013
Volvo Ocean Race organizers wanted to come to Baltimore in May 2015 as part of their 'round-the-world competition but had one request: Could it share the spotlight with the Preakness Stakes or bump the Triple Crown horse race to another date? The city said thanks, but no way. So Tuesday, the only U.S. stopover of the Volvo went instead to Newport, R.I. "We were shocked," said Robert Housman, executive director of Ocean Racing USA, the Baltimore bidder. "It would be discouraging to work hard on something and lose, but clearly they moved the finish line.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2012
Oden Bowie, the former secretary of the Maryland Senate and grandson of Maryland Gov. Oden Bowie, died Oct. 23 at the Arbor at Baywoods in Annapolis of complications from a fall he suffered at his home last month. He was 97. His daughter, Ambler Bowie Slabe, said he had spent his entire life at Fairview, the Bowie home in Prince George's County. She said he was the sixth generation of his family to reside there. "He was respected and admired by everyone," said Maryland Senate President Mike Miller.
SPORTS
By Marty McGee HC | September 27, 1991
Two winning tickets, each worth $166,363.80, were sold in the Double Triple at Pimlico Race Course yesterday, ending three weeks of jackpot carry-overs.One ticket was sold at Pimlico, one at the Laurel intertrack outlet. Small syndicates reportedly teamed to buy the tickets, but both groups avoided press coverage.After $171,615 was bet into a 15-day-old pool, 219 tickets remained "live" when Seward's Folly, a 10-1 shot, won the third race, first half of the bet.In the fifth race, 32 of the 219 included Spacetech (No. 7)
SPORTS
By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | February 15, 1996
The operators of several off-track betting parlors appeared before the Maryland Racing Commission yesterday to request more thoroughbred racing at night to boost their operations."
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2012
Albert Perlow, a former owner of one of the city's oldest auto-body repair businesses, died of pneumonia Oct. 13 at Sinai Hospital. The Pikesville resident was 87. Born in Baltimore and raised on Appleton Street, he was the son of David Perlow and Bertha Perlow, Russian immigrants. He was a 1943 graduate of City College and belonged to Sigma Alpha Rho, a service fraternity, in which he remained active. He enlisted in the Navy after graduation and attended Midshipmen's School at Notre Dame University and took courses at Duke University and George Washington University.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2012
Nancy R. Frenkil, a horsewoman and avid gardener who enjoyed entertaining family and friends, died Saturday of cancer at Nancy Lee Farms, her Worthington Valley home. Mrs. Frenkil was 75. The daughter of a carpenter/home builder and a homemaker, Nancy Russell was born and raised in Randallstown, which had previously been named Randall's Meadow by her forebears. An only child, Mrs. Frenkil grew up in a house that her father built himself. "The family income was limited, so Nancy learned to play hockey with a discarded broom," said her husband of 54 years, Victor "Bruz" Frenkil Jr., who fell in love with her when they were students at Milford Mill High School.
Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.