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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | July 2, 1994
When Maryland-bred champion Valley Crossing races against Devil His Due at Belmont Park on Monday in the Suburban Handicap, he will have a new jockey.Jerry Bailey, the leading rider in New York and third on Strodes Creek in the Belmont Stakes, will replace Andrea Seefeldt on the strapping 6-year-old Robert Meyerhoff homebred.Dick Small, Valley Crossing's trainer, explained the switch this way: "Andrea will stay at Laurel and ride Dancing Douglas, another one of her regular mounts, in the Fort McHenry Handicap.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | July 2, 1994
When Maryland-bred champion Valley Crossing races against Devil His Due at Belmont Park on Monday in the Suburban Handicap, he will have a new jockey.Jerry Bailey, the leading rider in New York and third on Strodes Creek in the Belmont Stakes, will replace Andrea Seefeldt on the strapping 6-year-old Robert Meyerhoff homebred.Dick Small, Valley Crossing's trainer, explained the switch this way: "Andrea will stay at Laurel and ride Dancing Douglas, another one of her regular mounts, in the Fort McHenry Handicap.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | June 7, 1993
Encouraged by Valley Crossing's recent performances in the American Championship Racing Series, trainer Dick Small is considering two more big races for the horse.Both are at 1 1/4 miles, which may be the preferred distance for Valley Crossing, a fast-closing second in both the shorter Pimlico Special on Preakness Day and the Nassau County Handicap Saturday on Belmont Day."I'm tickled to death," said Small. "For a while through the stretch it looked like he was going to win both times. A little farther yesterday might have done it. Ten furlongs could be right for him."
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | April 16, 1994
Dick Small could be sitting in his office at Oaklawn Park, busily mapping out a campaign for one of those Daily Racing Form "Fantasy Stable" contests.But instead of devising schedules for a fictional stable of stakes runners, the racing agenda Small has been working on lately involves real horses, real jockeys and real money.During the next week, Small could run eight horses in seven stakes worth $1,480,000 in total purses. That is just in a week's time, starting today with the entry of Valley Crossing in the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap.
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By Ross Peddicord PTC and Ross Peddicord PTC,Sun Staff Correspondent | January 21, 1992
LAUREL -- Valley Crossing doesn't have a drop of Native Dancer blood in his well-bred veins.But he won the race at Laurel yesterday that honors the memory of that great runner and gave his trainer, Dick Small, hope for winning a third running of the John B. Campbell Handicap at the end of the winter.Small previously has won the Campbell with Festive Mood in 1976 and Broad Brush in 1987.Last summer Small thought Valley Crossing might be "the kind of horse I'd send to California this winter and run in the Strub series," he said.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | September 17, 1993
Valley Crossing has recovered from a bout of jet lag after his recent excursion to California, where he finished fifth in the Pacific Classic, and is ready to renew his rivalry tomorrow with Devil His Due in the Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park.The $500,000 race is the final event in the lucrative American Championship Racing Series and marks the fifth time Valley Crossing meets Devil His Due.So far each horse has beaten the other twice. Devil His Due won the Pimlico Special and Suburban Handicap, beating Valley Crossing each time.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | September 20, 1993
Even though Pimlico-based Valley Crossing ended up third in the Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday, he still earned $185,000 for his owner, Robert Meyerhoff of Phoenix, Md.The winnings -- $60,000 purse money from the Woodward and a $125,000 bonus for finishing third in the nine-race American Championship Racing Series -- is enough to push the 5-year-old horse to fourth place on the list of all-time Maryland-bred money-winners.Valley Crossing now ranks below only Broad Brush, Safely Kept and Little Bold John among the richest state-breds.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | May 6, 1992
Trainer Richard Small concedes that Best Pal "is a terrific horse" coming off an excellent workout for the $700,000 Pimlico Special Saturday.But that isn't scaring off Small, trainer of the local hope, Robert E. Meyerhoff's Valley Crossing."
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | December 16, 1991
LAUREL -- Half Gavvo gave him the one and Valley Crossing the two, but Gala Spinaway emerged a likely champion yesterday at Laurel Race Course.Absorbing the stretch combination that trainer Richard Small's uncoupled duo threw at him, Gala Spinaway probably clinched a Maryland-bred award with a narrow victory in the $50,000 Annapolis Handicap. The triumph was probably the most exciting and hard-earned of a rigorous 1991 campaign for the 3-year-old colt.Half Gavvo, with Edgar Prado up, drew even with Gala Spinaway with an inside rally with a quarter-mile left in the 1 1/8 -mile Annapolis.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | June 6, 1993
ELMONT, N.Y. -- West By West, a newcomer to the American Championship Racing Series, held off a late surge from Maryland-owned and Maryland-trained Valley Crossing and won TTC the $400,000 Nassau County Handicap yesterday at Belmont Park.Pimlico Special winner Devil His Due finished fourth as the 9-5 favorite, a half-length behind 1991 Kentucky Derby winner Strike the Gold, who made his customary late run but finished third.Devil His Due, current ACRS point leader, carried high weight of 123 pounds, giving the winner 9 pounds.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | September 20, 1993
Even though Pimlico-based Valley Crossing ended up third in the Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday, he still earned $185,000 for his owner, Robert Meyerhoff of Phoenix, Md.The winnings -- $60,000 purse money from the Woodward and a $125,000 bonus for finishing third in the nine-race American Championship Racing Series -- is enough to push the 5-year-old horse to fourth place on the list of all-time Maryland-bred money-winners.Valley Crossing now ranks below only Broad Brush, Safely Kept and Little Bold John among the richest state-breds.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | September 17, 1993
Valley Crossing has recovered from a bout of jet lag after his recent excursion to California, where he finished fifth in the Pacific Classic, and is ready to renew his rivalry tomorrow with Devil His Due in the Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park.The $500,000 race is the final event in the lucrative American Championship Racing Series and marks the fifth time Valley Crossing meets Devil His Due.So far each horse has beaten the other twice. Devil His Due won the Pimlico Special and Suburban Handicap, beating Valley Crossing each time.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | August 23, 1993
The big money might have eluded owner Bob Meyerhoff and $$ trainer Dick Small with Valley Crossing in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Saturday.But the pair was back in action yesterday at Pimlico Race Course, running the 1-2 finishers, Broad Gains and Tennis Lady, in the $100,000 Twixt Stakes.Small flew back to Baltimore from Del Mar yesterday morning to supervise the running of the two horses in the race for Maryland-bred 3-year-old fillies."It's hard to separate them [in ability]," Small said about the daughters of Broad Brush.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | August 15, 1993
Trainer Dick Small and Valley Crossing head west tomorrow with some big expectations.The 47-year-old trainer and 5-year-old horse are sharing a non-stop flight from New York to Los Angeles, the first plane ride for Valley Crossing. The destination: Del Mar and an attempt on Saturday to win the 10-furlong Pacific Classic.In addition to Small, groom Pedro Mojaro and exercise rider Stacie Eggleton will be there.Small is attempting to pull off another California coup. He upset Ferdinand and Snow Chief in 1987 with Broad Brush in the Santa Anita Handicap.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | June 7, 1993
Encouraged by Valley Crossing's recent performances in the American Championship Racing Series, trainer Dick Small is considering two more big races for the horse.Both are at 1 1/4 miles, which may be the preferred distance for Valley Crossing, a fast-closing second in both the shorter Pimlico Special on Preakness Day and the Nassau County Handicap Saturday on Belmont Day."I'm tickled to death," said Small. "For a while through the stretch it looked like he was going to win both times. A little farther yesterday might have done it. Ten furlongs could be right for him."
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | June 6, 1993
ELMONT, N.Y. -- West By West, a newcomer to the American Championship Racing Series, held off a late surge from Maryland-owned and Maryland-trained Valley Crossing and won TTC the $400,000 Nassau County Handicap yesterday at Belmont Park.Pimlico Special winner Devil His Due finished fourth as the 9-5 favorite, a half-length behind 1991 Kentucky Derby winner Strike the Gold, who made his customary late run but finished third.Devil His Due, current ACRS point leader, carried high weight of 123 pounds, giving the winner 9 pounds.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | March 23, 1992
LAUREL -- In their previous meeting, in the H.E. Johnson Handicap on Feb. 29, Valley Crossing couldn't handle either Gala Spinaway or Flaming Emperor and was beaten by almost five lengths.But Valley Crossing had the hot jockey, Edgar Prado, up yesterday, and he rallied for an impressive victory in the $100,000 Jennings Handicap at Laurel Race Course.It was one of five winners on the day for Prado, the first time he has accomplished that during the meeting. The outburst boosted his win total to 182 since the Laurel meet opened Oct. 10.L Prado has won three races or more 13 times during that span.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | May 16, 1993
Give him his due: He was the favorite, and he didn't disappoint.Devil His Due received an ideal trip, coming from just off the lead to capture the 28th running of the $600,000 Pimlico Special yesterday by a length over Maryland-based Valley Crossing.It was the third straight victory for the son of Devil's Bag, an Eclipse Award winner as a 2-year-old.Everything broke beautifully in the six-horse race for Devil His Due, the 13-10 choice."It worked out real good," said jockey Herb McCauley. "He was in good position.
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