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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | November 8, 1992
Less than half a length separated three long shots at the conclusion of the slowest running of the Laurel Turf Cup yesterday.The winner by a neck was Master Dreamer, a horse who early in his career was so uncoordinated and clumsy, that no one wanted him.He went off at 22-1 odds, the third longest-price in the 10-horse field, but picked up the $60,000 first-place paycheck.Be Nimble, at 9-1, was second, another neck in front of 16-1 Tidemark.Either horses handled the soft footing, like Master Dreamer, or they hated it, like 6-5 favorite, Royal Ninja, who finished next to last.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Reporter | September 23, 2006
The grass is green, relatively smooth and likely to remain so for the $200,000 John D. Schapiro Memorial Breeders' Cup stake race at Laurel Park today - an important reason why trainer Tom Voss is bringing Dreadnaught, his multiple-graded stakes winner, here to take on favored Ashkal Way, an Irish-bred horse owned by Godolphin Stables Inc. "Ashkal Way beat my horse last time out and may again," Voss said. "I considered going to ... Philadelphia, but thought that turf track might be pretty torn up by now. I think Laurel's is in good shape and if [Dreadnaught]
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By Pete Bielski and Pete Bielski,Special to The Sun | November 6, 1994
Breeders' Cup Day has long been the target date for the star of trainer John Alecci's stable.Asserche, the 6-year-old grass-loving gelding, won yesterday's Grade III $100,000 Laurel Turf Cup by a nose. It was a day when Maryland's live racing card provided an appetizer for 10,717 fans who packed Laurel Park for simulcast betting on the 11th Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs.There were 4,269 at Pimlico. All told, Maryland's on- and-off-track betting sites attracted 17,688 patrons (not including restaurant sites)
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | November 12, 1999
He is as honest as they come, this 8-year-old turf specialist named John's Call.Asked yesterday to cover more ground than normal, the gelding responded handsomely and pulled away to a 3 1/4-length victory in the 46th edition of the Grade III, $100,000 Laurel Turf Cup at Laurel Park.It was the 12th win in 29 lifetime starts on the grass for John's Call, who has finished worse than third just four times.His career earnings climbed above $420,000 with the $60,000 share of the purse.Trainer Tommy Voss said John's Call keeps improving as he ages.
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By Dale Austin and Dale Austin,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 10, 1990
LAUREL -- With a $100,000-guaranteed Grade 3 race today and another tomorrow, the grass-racing season in Maryland will end until late April.For five months, John Passero, director of turf and race courses at Laurel and Pimlico race courses, will have fewer worries, working only with dirt tracks.Even with rain predicted last night, Passero thought the Laurel turf course would be in good shape for today's Chrysanthemum, which drew 14 fillies and mares. Miss Josh, who missed winning the All Along Stakes by a nose, is favored.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | November 7, 1992
About a third of the time, the Laurel Turf Cup can be re-named the Laurel Dirt Cup.But today the 12-furlong marathon event will be run on the grass.Seven of the past 22 runnings of the $100,000 stakes have been switched from the grass strip at Laurel Race Course to the dirt track. Heavy rains on the day of the race or immediately before make the footing too deep.Although four inches of rain have fallen at Laurel during the past week, track superintendent John Passero said yesterday, "The course is soft, but safe."
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | November 12, 1999
He is as honest as they come, this 8-year-old turf specialist named John's Call.Asked yesterday to cover more ground than normal, the gelding responded handsomely and pulled away to a 3 1/4-length victory in the 46th edition of the Grade III, $100,000 Laurel Turf Cup at Laurel Park.It was the 12th win in 29 lifetime starts on the grass for John's Call, who has finished worse than third just four times.His career earnings climbed above $420,000 with the $60,000 share of the purse.Trainer Tommy Voss said John's Call keeps improving as he ages.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | April 28, 1993
With the Breeders' Cup having "changed the dynamics of fall racing," Laurel president Joe De Francis yesterday announced major changes for the International Turf Festival.In an effort to attract top European runners en route to Breeders' Cup races, the festival was altered from five races in two days to six races over two weekends.The most significant shift shortens the Grade I Washington, D.C., International from 1 1/4 miles to a flat mile to serve as "a major prep for the Breeders' Cup Mile, especially this year with the Breeders' Cup in California [Santa Anita]
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By Dale Austin and Dale Austin,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 12, 1990
LAUREL -- With the Laurel Turf Cup switched to the dirt track, people around the winner's circle yesterday couldn't resist referring to it as the "Laurel Dirt Cup."The race carried a $100,000 guaranteed purse, and the nine starters all had their names on saddlecloths made just for the occasion.But with a change in racing surface and a reduction in distance from 1 1/2 miles to 1 1/4 miles, it was open to a little joking.Trainer Rodger Gill smiled for a different reason, however. Things were just fine for Gill, trainer of Chas' Whim, the winner.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | November 5, 1994
Maryland bettors are reminded that Laurel Park is offering a revised Breeders' Cup day schedule today, with the local card starting at 11 a.m.The package will include eight live races -- the feature of which will be the 41st running of the Grade III, $100,000 Laurel Turf Cup -- and the seven Breeders' Cup events via simulcast from Churchill Downs.Laurel's feature is scheduled for a 12:52 post as the fifth race, 28 minutes before the Sprint inaugurates the Breeders' Cup card.Live racing will be interspersed with three Churchill races at 15- to 20- minute intervals before Laurel's final event goes off at 2:47 p.m.Warning Glance, trained by Charlie Hadry, is seeking his third straight victory and heads the field in the Turf Cup, a 1 1/2 -mile test over the grass.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | November 12, 1998
Trainer Bill Mott decided to skip the race, taking probable favorite Rice out of the betting equation.Nevertheless, A Little Luck was still a long price -- by the standards of horses ridden by Edgar Prado -- when a field of nine went postward in the Grade III, $100,000 Laurel Turf Cup at Laurel Park yesterday.Sent off at 5-to-1 odds from the far outside, A Little Luck defied the line by racing to the lead and clinging to it at every mark to win the 1 1/2 -mile event by a half-length over long shot N B Forrest.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | October 26, 1998
Ops Smile had a chance to make a return trip to the Breeders' Cup turf race with a victory yesterday at Laurel Park.The hope was that trainer J. William Boniface would make a welcome trip to the winner's circle, smile broadly and proclaim Ops as on the way to Louisville next month.Boniface showed as expected, but not to have his photo taken with Ops Smile. It was stablemate Manila Magic, who stole both the thunder and the 1 3/16-mile race, holding off John's Call by a neck in the $57,125 Cedar Key Stakes.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 25, 1998
Dale Mills, trainer of Testafly, the 6-5 favorite in last weekend's Maryland Million Classic, says he still doesn't understand why the 4-year-old colt finished ninth in the biggest race of his career."
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,SUN STAFF | November 12, 1995
About one minute before 4 p.m. yesterday, stewards at Laurel Park prepared to scratch Josephine Abercrombie's Hasten To Add from the $100,000 Laurel Turf Cup.The reason? Jim Day, Canada's four-time leading trainer who had just shipped in the horse from Toronto, had forgotten to pay a $100 fee to obtain his Maryland trainer's license.Just when racing commission personnel were about to lock their doors, Day popped in and paid the money.About a half-hour later, Hasten To Add's timing was just as perfect.
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By Pete Bielski and Pete Bielski,Special to The Sun | November 6, 1994
Breeders' Cup Day has long been the target date for the star of trainer John Alecci's stable.Asserche, the 6-year-old grass-loving gelding, won yesterday's Grade III $100,000 Laurel Turf Cup by a nose. It was a day when Maryland's live racing card provided an appetizer for 10,717 fans who packed Laurel Park for simulcast betting on the 11th Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs.There were 4,269 at Pimlico. All told, Maryland's on- and-off-track betting sites attracted 17,688 patrons (not including restaurant sites)
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | November 5, 1994
Maryland bettors are reminded that Laurel Park is offering a revised Breeders' Cup day schedule today, with the local card starting at 11 a.m.The package will include eight live races -- the feature of which will be the 41st running of the Grade III, $100,000 Laurel Turf Cup -- and the seven Breeders' Cup events via simulcast from Churchill Downs.Laurel's feature is scheduled for a 12:52 post as the fifth race, 28 minutes before the Sprint inaugurates the Breeders' Cup card.Live racing will be interspersed with three Churchill races at 15- to 20- minute intervals before Laurel's final event goes off at 2:47 p.m.Warning Glance, trained by Charlie Hadry, is seeking his third straight victory and heads the field in the Turf Cup, a 1 1/2 -mile test over the grass.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | October 26, 1998
Ops Smile had a chance to make a return trip to the Breeders' Cup turf race with a victory yesterday at Laurel Park.The hope was that trainer J. William Boniface would make a welcome trip to the winner's circle, smile broadly and proclaim Ops as on the way to Louisville next month.Boniface showed as expected, but not to have his photo taken with Ops Smile. It was stablemate Manila Magic, who stole both the thunder and the 1 3/16-mile race, holding off John's Call by a neck in the $57,125 Cedar Key Stakes.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,SUN STAFF | November 12, 1995
About one minute before 4 p.m. yesterday, stewards at Laurel Park prepared to scratch Josephine Abercrombie's Hasten To Add from the $100,000 Laurel Turf Cup.The reason? Jim Day, Canada's four-time leading trainer who had just shipped in the horse from Toronto, had forgotten to pay a $100 fee to obtain his Maryland trainer's license.Just when racing commission personnel were about to lock their doors, Day popped in and paid the money.About a half-hour later, Hasten To Add's timing was just as perfect.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | April 28, 1993
With the Breeders' Cup having "changed the dynamics of fall racing," Laurel president Joe De Francis yesterday announced major changes for the International Turf Festival.In an effort to attract top European runners en route to Breeders' Cup races, the festival was altered from five races in two days to six races over two weekends.The most significant shift shortens the Grade I Washington, D.C., International from 1 1/4 miles to a flat mile to serve as "a major prep for the Breeders' Cup Mile, especially this year with the Breeders' Cup in California [Santa Anita]
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | November 8, 1992
Less than half a length separated three long shots at the conclusion of the slowest running of the Laurel Turf Cup yesterday.The winner by a neck was Master Dreamer, a horse who early in his career was so uncoordinated and clumsy, that no one wanted him.He went off at 22-1 odds, the third longest-price in the 10-horse field, but picked up the $60,000 first-place paycheck.Be Nimble, at 9-1, was second, another neck in front of 16-1 Tidemark.Either horses handled the soft footing, like Master Dreamer, or they hated it, like 6-5 favorite, Royal Ninja, who finished next to last.
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