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By Nancy Noyes and Nancy Noyes,Special to The Sun | August 24, 1991
SOLOMONS -- Yesterday morning was calm off the mouth of the Patuxent River, prompting a long postponement in the Audi-Yachting Race Week at Solomons Island.But shortly after noon, a weak southerly came in and built to a steady 8 knots, and the day's race went on with a windward-leeward contest.Classes A through C, containing the largest and fastest boats, sailed an 8-mile version of the course, while the other three classes sailed to a closer windward mark for a 6-mile version.In the 13-boat IMS class, Division B, it was the fifth straight win for the Norfolk, Va.-based team of Gray Kiger and Gene Thayer on their Tripp 40, Fatal Attraction.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun reporter | January 12, 2008
Many people know a workaholic, but today at Laurel Park there will be at least one overzealous worker who is a horse. Silmaril, the 2-1 favorite in the $80,000 What A Summer Stakes, is that horse. She is the star of trainer Chris Grove's stable at the Bowie Training Center and will be running with a chance to become only the fifth female Maryland-bred to win $1 million in purses. She would also be 17th among all Maryland-breds to reach the $1 million plateau. Cigar tops all Maryland-breds with $9,999,815 in winnings.
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By Ed Hinton and Ed Hinton,Orlando Sentinel | May 27, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS -- The original Danica Patrick is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with something she hasn't had since she rocked the racing world by almost winning the Indy 500 as a rookie in 2005. A chance. "Last year was definitely like, `Go out there and do the best you can, and bring it home [in one piece].' We really did not feel like we had a shot at all," she said while preparing for today's 91st running of the 500. Last year she did a little acting for her public. "I probably made the mistake of talking about it, saying I wanted to win, of course," said Patrick, one of three female drivers in today's race.
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By Ed Hinton and Ed Hinton,Orlando Sentinel | May 27, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS -- The original Danica Patrick is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with something she hasn't had since she rocked the racing world by almost winning the Indy 500 as a rookie in 2005. A chance. "Last year was definitely like, `Go out there and do the best you can, and bring it home [in one piece].' We really did not feel like we had a shot at all," she said while preparing for today's 91st running of the 500. Last year she did a little acting for her public. "I probably made the mistake of talking about it, saying I wanted to win, of course," said Patrick, one of three female drivers in today's race.
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July 27, 1992
Towson's Anita Nall is a gold-medal Olympic favorite in the women's 200-meter breaststroke swimming event. In an occasional diary, Nall will share her thoughts from the Summer Games.BARCELONA, Spain -- As I sat and watched the opening ceremonies on television Saturday night, I was kind of thinking how happy I was that I made the choice not to attend.The ceremonies were beautiful, but they required a lot of walking for the athletes and because my first race was so soon, I needed to stay off my feet.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 14, 1998
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The rain came to Daytona International Speedway yesterday, and for the first time in the 22-year history of the International Race of Champions, one of its events was cut short.After a rain delay of more than an hour, Jeff Gordon was declared the winner of the race that was red-flagged with 10 laps to go. Jeff Burton, running in his first IROC race, was second, and Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt and Arie Luyendyk rounded out the top five.It was Gordon's first victory in 13 IROC races and he averaged 179.045 mph in completing 30 laps in 25 minutes and eight seconds.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | June 4, 1995
DOVER, Del. -- The Monster Mile, as Dover International Speedway has always been known, has taken on an added dimension -- concrete. "White Lightning," they're calling it.Yesterday, lightning struck here during the Busch Grand National race when all but one car developed blistered tires, prompting Goodyear to decide to truck in a different tire for today's Miller Genuine Draft 500.The arrival of the 1,100 new tires on race day has forced NASCAR to schedule...
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 12, 1996
So here we have a day to celebrate a slice of Maryland history dating to Colonial times: Neighbor racing a horse against neighbor.When every horse entered in every race was conceived on a Maryland farm, that's exactly what you have -- the old-fashioned fighting notion of "My stallion's better than your stallion; my horse is faster than your horse."More than 20,000 fans are expected at Laurel Park today for the 11th annual showdown of Maryland-sired horses known as Maryland Million Day. Purses won't quite total $1 million as usual, because the $25,000 Steeplechase Handicap was canceled yesterday because of soggy turf.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 27, 1999
The beauty of traveling along the Triple Crown trail is that its secrets are revealed one by one.Last weekend, most of the top 3-year-olds in Florida popped out of the shadows for the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Today, a few other Kentucky Derby contenders make cameo appearances in allowance races at the South Florida track.And tomorrow, two of the top contenders in California, including one highly touted filly, compete in the San Rafael Stakes at Santa Anita Park. The performance of the filly, Honest Lady, will begin answering the question: Just how good are these fillies who keep running faster than the males?
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Staff Writer | June 19, 1993
Sunny Sunrise gets a chance for redemption and could top the $1 million mark in earnings today in the eighth running of the $175,000 Baltimore Budweiser Breeders' Cup Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at Laurel Race Course.In last year's race, Excellent Tipper -- trained by Howie Tesher -- drove past Sunny Sunrise in the stretch to win by a head and set the Laurel track record for 1 1/8 miles: 1 minute, 47 3/5 seconds."[Sunny Sunrise] ran his heart out," said Grover "Bud" Delp, the horse's trainer.
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By Kat Ward | April 14, 2007
It's April, which means spring has sprung and warm weather and sunny days (we hope!) are on the horizon. Savor the outdoors this weekend with one of Maryland's venerable traditions: the steeplechase. Originally run on a course oriented to church steeples (how it derived its name), the steeplechase now refers to a distance race for horses and riders, who have to navigate terrain that includes fences and ditches. Today's race is the 97th running of the My Lady's Manor, with jockeys and horses competing for a $30,000 purse.
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By Shav Glick and Shav Glick,LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 29, 2005
INDIANAPOLIS - A tiny woman with a pleasing smile, an engaging personality and the ability to drive very fast has given the Indianapolis 500 and open-wheel racing in general a feeling of anticipation it has been lacking for a decade. The retirement during the 1990s of the giants of American racing - A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Mario Andretti, Rick Mears and others - followed by Tony George's creation of the Indy Racing League in 1996 left a split in the ranks of Indy-car racing that is still festering.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 16, 2003
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - They're a handful of veterans. Men with championships. Men with record-setting performances. Men with talent. Terry Labonte, Rusty Wallace, Ricky Rudd, Mark Martin, Kyle Petty. They have three championships and 139 wins among them. But, as they line up for today's 45th annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, they are a combined 0-for-108. "My heart goes out to those guys," said 1967 race winner Mario Andretti, one of just three drivers to win the 500 in his second try. "But that's the great mystery of it and the unfair aspect.
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By Sandra McKee | July 21, 2002
Points, points, points. These days, everyone is looking at the leader board in Winston Cup racing. The championship race is nail-bitingly close. But what about the drivers who aren't at the top? "When you're running 15th or 20th, you don't get caught up in points," said Jeff Burton, who was running in that vicinity last season and is 16th going into today's New England 300 in New Hampshire. "I think there is too much made, so much made of, the points race that people think it's the only thing to race for."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | October 7, 2001
Winston Cup points leader Jeff Gordon was in a good mood as he talked last week from his home in Florida. With eight races to go, counting today's UAW-GM Quality 500 in Charlotte, N.C., Gordon realizes he needs a good finish today, but he also is starting to think about wrapping up the title. "To me, if we have to wrap it up in 10-degree weather, in six feet of snow at New Hampshire, that's fine with me," he said. "No matter when, where or how, I'll be happy. But it does take a toll on your nerves when it comes down to the final race."
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,SUN STAFF | May 26, 2001
WARSAW, Va. - Let's get one thing straight: I am not shaving my legs. As I look around at the bicyclists in the pack waiting for the start of the Tour de Warsaw, the hairy calves emerging from my Lycra shorts put me in the distinct minority. There are theories about why cyclists shave their legs - a streamlined passage through the air, easier-to-clean scrapes after crashes - but I don't buy any of them. A year on the local competitive cycling circuit, which began when I came to this town on the northern neck of Virginia for my first serious race a year ago, has taught me better.
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By Shav Glick and Shav Glick,LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 29, 2005
INDIANAPOLIS - A tiny woman with a pleasing smile, an engaging personality and the ability to drive very fast has given the Indianapolis 500 and open-wheel racing in general a feeling of anticipation it has been lacking for a decade. The retirement during the 1990s of the giants of American racing - A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Mario Andretti, Rick Mears and others - followed by Tony George's creation of the Indy Racing League in 1996 left a split in the ranks of Indy-car racing that is still festering.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 16, 2003
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - They're a handful of veterans. Men with championships. Men with record-setting performances. Men with talent. Terry Labonte, Rusty Wallace, Ricky Rudd, Mark Martin, Kyle Petty. They have three championships and 139 wins among them. But, as they line up for today's 45th annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, they are a combined 0-for-108. "My heart goes out to those guys," said 1967 race winner Mario Andretti, one of just three drivers to win the 500 in his second try. "But that's the great mystery of it and the unfair aspect.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 27, 1999
The beauty of traveling along the Triple Crown trail is that its secrets are revealed one by one.Last weekend, most of the top 3-year-olds in Florida popped out of the shadows for the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Today, a few other Kentucky Derby contenders make cameo appearances in allowance races at the South Florida track.And tomorrow, two of the top contenders in California, including one highly touted filly, compete in the San Rafael Stakes at Santa Anita Park. The performance of the filly, Honest Lady, will begin answering the question: Just how good are these fillies who keep running faster than the males?
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