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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | August 11, 1991
LAUREL -- Getting anything right nine times out of 10 can be tough, especially when it comes to winning horse races. So when Wide Country thumped her rival Maryland-breds again yesterday, marking her ninth victory in her last 10 starts, her connections set their sights on greater feats.The filly dominated the restricted Twixt Stakes at Laurel Race Course, winning the $100,000 race by nearly eight lengths. Afterward, trainer Bob Camac said the $1 million Breeders' Cup Distaff might be on the agenda for Wide Country.
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By Erik Maza | August 4, 2011
The trailer for the Dan Deacon-scored, Francis Ford Coppola movie "Twixt" has premiered. Michael Sragow has the trailer over at Gets Reel . Coppola first heard Deacon on National Public Radio last year, and said in an interview he was drawn to Deacon's unconventional aesthetic. "I was fascinated with his intelligence, and also with his sense of adventure," he said. But it was Deacon's background in composition - he was trained at State University of New York at Purchase - that inspired Coppola to tap the musician to score his new movie, which stars Val Kilmer and Elle Fanning.
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By Pete Bielski and Pete Bielski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 16, 1999
By winning yesterday's $100,000 Twixt Stakes at Laurel Park, Carnival Court accomplished a long-range goal for trainer Katy Voss.For many months, it looked like it wouldn't happen.Back in January, before Carnival Court had ever won a race, Voss had eyed this August race of 1 1/16th mile for many reasons.First, it was restricted to Maryland-bred, 3-year-old fillies, which Carnival Court is; second, it offered a generous purse; and third, the race had personal meaning. Voss trained Twixt, a 15-time stakes winner for whom the race was named.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2011
Francis Ford Coppola must be listening to Baltimore electronic music at his California vineyard. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker of the "Godfather" movies tapped local musician Dan Deacon to score his upcoming movie, "Twixt Now and Sunrise," which stars Val Kilmer and Elle Fanning. Deacon, who was classically trained at the State University of New York at Purchase, is now better known for founding the artists' collective Wham City in Baltimore and making hyperkinetic dance music.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | September 7, 2005
When Laurel Park opens this afternoon, trainer Ferris Allen III will be among the happiest men at the racetrack. Allen lives in Jessup, just 15 minutes from the track, and most of his horses are stabled there. "It's a chance to be back at home," he said, repeating what other trainers are saying after months of travel. For those with operations based at Laurel, Bowie and Pimlico, this 78-day meet, which will utilize both the upgraded dirt and the new turf courses, is a welcome relief from summer travel to places such as Delaware Park, Colonial Downs (Va.)
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | January 25, 1993
Until the moment he died, John B. Merryman conveyed a love of horses and cattle into successful businesses that placed him among the leaders in Maryland's horse racing and agricultural communities.A former president of the Maryland Horse Breeders' Association, Mr. Merryman was named Maryland Horse Breeder of the Year in 1988 by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association in Lexington, Ky. In 1991, he was named Agricultural Man of the Year in Baltimore County for his contributions to the cattle business and interest in 4-H clubs.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | February 1, 1993
Smart'N Tough is carrying on the legacy of his late breeder, John Merryman, and the winning bloodlines of Twixt, the colt's championship dam who is now retired.Just a week after Merryman died, the last foal from Twixt brok his maiden at Laurel Race Course yesterday and could be heading into stakes competition.The 3-year-old colt drew off from a field of eight other maiden and won Laurel's fifth race by five lengths.Two races later, his stablemate, the first-time starter, Vagu Notion, won the second half of the split maiden race in almost identical time.
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By Bob Pickering | August 14, 1999
TodayWilliam M. Backer's Crab Grass will face only four other distaffers in the Straight Deal Breeders' Cup Stakes when she goes after her third stakes victory of the year. The 12th running of the filly-mare event will be over 7 furlongs for a $125,000 purse.Trained by Barclay Tagg, Crab Grass won the Skipat Stakes at Pimlico in her seasonal debut before shipping to West Virginia for the Shenandoah Valley Handicap. She was the 7-to-10 favorite in winning the Charles Town event by 5 1/2 lengths.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun reporter | August 8, 2008
Maryland's horsemen get a break today, returning to in-state racing for the first time in two months as Laurel Park opens for a 10-day mini meet. "As usual, you'd rather run at home," said Laurel Park-based trainer Rodney Jenkins, who will send High Moment to post in one of the best races on today's card, a $36,000 allowance race for fillies and mares 3 years old and up. It has been a long couple of days for Maryland's stricken racing industry as...
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | June 20, 1994
Abigailthewife is a daughter of the last Triple Crown winner, Affirmed. Yesterday at Laurel she showed a lot of her sire's moxie.The chestnut mare came flying from off the pace and scored an impressive five-length victory over P J Floral in the $35,000 April Run Stakes.It was the second straight score on the turf for Abigailthewife in her only starts this year. She covered a mile and a half in 2 minutes, 30 3/5 seconds.Trainer Barclay Tagg was at Penn National yesterday with Highland Crystal, whom Edgar Prado guided to a third-place finish in the $75,000 Pennsylvania Budweiser Breeders' Cup.Beforehand, Tagg had said Abigailthewife was working well for the April Run, but "I don't know if she's good enough."
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By Sports Digest | November 14, 2010
Laurel park Favorite Catch a Thief surges late to win Twixt Stakes Charles Dimino 's Catch a Thief lost the lead but reasserted herself in the deep stretch and won Saturday's Twixt Stakes at Laurel Park for 3-year-old fillies. The overwhelming 3-10 favorite beat five others in the one-turn test for Maryland-breds, including runner-up Baltimore Belle. Harry Vega kept the daughter of Flatter on or close to the lead before rallying to win by 31/4 lengths. Brave as a Lion, Squabble, Malibu Moon Dance and Miss Speak followed.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun reporter | August 8, 2008
Maryland's horsemen get a break today, returning to in-state racing for the first time in two months as Laurel Park opens for a 10-day mini meet. "As usual, you'd rather run at home," said Laurel Park-based trainer Rodney Jenkins, who will send High Moment to post in one of the best races on today's card, a $36,000 allowance race for fillies and mares 3 years old and up. It has been a long couple of days for Maryland's stricken racing industry as...
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | September 7, 2005
When Laurel Park opens this afternoon, trainer Ferris Allen III will be among the happiest men at the racetrack. Allen lives in Jessup, just 15 minutes from the track, and most of his horses are stabled there. "It's a chance to be back at home," he said, repeating what other trainers are saying after months of travel. For those with operations based at Laurel, Bowie and Pimlico, this 78-day meet, which will utilize both the upgraded dirt and the new turf courses, is a welcome relief from summer travel to places such as Delaware Park, Colonial Downs (Va.)
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By Pete Bielski and Pete Bielski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 7, 2000
Trainer Ned Allard sent his long-shot, 3-year-old filly to the post at Laurel Park yesterday facing many unknowns. His Steppedoutofadream had never gone beyond seven furlongs nor had she stepped on a muddy track. But with the winner's share of the $100,000 Twixt Stakes at stake, Allard decided to take some risks. "I wasn't sure about the distance and I wasn't sure about the mud, but this is why we race them," said Allard. "I give all the credit to my rider. He said he thought she'd be in front with no problems and he showed he knew this filly."
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By Pete Bielski and Pete Bielski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 16, 1999
By winning yesterday's $100,000 Twixt Stakes at Laurel Park, Carnival Court accomplished a long-range goal for trainer Katy Voss.For many months, it looked like it wouldn't happen.Back in January, before Carnival Court had ever won a race, Voss had eyed this August race of 1 1/16th mile for many reasons.First, it was restricted to Maryland-bred, 3-year-old fillies, which Carnival Court is; second, it offered a generous purse; and third, the race had personal meaning. Voss trained Twixt, a 15-time stakes winner for whom the race was named.
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By Bob Pickering | August 14, 1999
TodayWilliam M. Backer's Crab Grass will face only four other distaffers in the Straight Deal Breeders' Cup Stakes when she goes after her third stakes victory of the year. The 12th running of the filly-mare event will be over 7 furlongs for a $125,000 purse.Trained by Barclay Tagg, Crab Grass won the Skipat Stakes at Pimlico in her seasonal debut before shipping to West Virginia for the Shenandoah Valley Handicap. She was the 7-to-10 favorite in winning the Charles Town event by 5 1/2 lengths.
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By Erik Maza | August 4, 2011
The trailer for the Dan Deacon-scored, Francis Ford Coppola movie "Twixt" has premiered. Michael Sragow has the trailer over at Gets Reel . Coppola first heard Deacon on National Public Radio last year, and said in an interview he was drawn to Deacon's unconventional aesthetic. "I was fascinated with his intelligence, and also with his sense of adventure," he said. But it was Deacon's background in composition - he was trained at State University of New York at Purchase - that inspired Coppola to tap the musician to score his new movie, which stars Val Kilmer and Elle Fanning.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | January 24, 1993
John Merryman, one of Maryland's most prominent thoroughbred breeders, died yesterday morning at his farm, The Orebanks, near Sparks.Merryman, 70, had gone to turn his horses out, but died while walking out to the barn, according to his daughter Katy Voss. Voss said that the cause of death is believed to have been a heart attack or stroke.Not only did Merryman breed such Maryland-bred champions as Twixt, but also five of his six children are professional horse trainers. In addition to Voss, they include Ann, Edwin and Johnny Merryman and Lizzie Hendricks.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | July 12, 1998
On a day when the rail was golden, Merengue scored an upset in the $100,000 Twixt Stakes at Laurel Park.In her first stakes appearance, the daughter of Broad Brush used her inside post position to her advantage and led all the way to beat favored Maragold Princess by a half-length.The game plan for Merengue quickly was dispatched after the speed horse, Valay Bullet, failed to seize the early lead."The plan was to let Valay Bullet go, with us laying second," winning jockey Carlos Marquez Jr. said.
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