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By SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 5, 1998
MONKTON -- Looking perfectly in step for a run at the $50,000 Maryland Hunt Cup in three weeks, Armata Stable's Welter Weight won his third straight Edward S. Voss Memorial, the feature race at the Elkridge-Harford Point-to-Point yesterday.Trained by Tom Voss and ridden by Mike Elmore, Welter Weight relaxed until the final two fences of the three-mile race before running down Florida Law. Elmore saved enough to hold off late-running Uncle Uno for the win. Welter Weight, second in the 1997 Hunt Cup, probably will run next in the $30,000 Grand National at Butler April 18.Voss, who plays host to the races at his Atlanta Hall Farm, won four of the five events.
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By M. WILLIAM SALGANIK and M. WILLIAM SALGANIK,SUN REPORTER | November 13, 2005
"In the state of Maryland," Jeannette Krapcho began, "you have 67 choices." The room at the Ellicott City Senior Center rippled with nervous laughter. Sixty-seven choices? With different monthly premiums? Different drugs covered? Different out-of-pocket charges? "It does make shopping a bit complex," Krapcho, coordinator of insurance counseling for the Howard County Office on Aging, conceded to the roomful of seniors. From the audience, Beverly Crovo of Ellicott City, flipping through a thick booklet from the federal Medicare agency, asked about a chart on page 97-J that says with one of the choices for the new Medicare drug benefit, the patient would pay "$5 to $28 co-pay and/or 25 percent coinsurance."
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 23, 2000
The beginning was a tad scary, but everything worked out well in the end for Welter Weight again yesterday. Armata Stables' consistent gelding tuned up for defense of his Maryland Hunt Cup title by rallying over the final half-mile to run down Emerald Action and win the 98th running of the Grand National Steeplechase under threatening skies at Butler. "If all is OK, he goes next week," said victorious trainer Tom Voss. "It looks like its going to be a short field at the Hunt Cup." Welter Weight won by 1 3/8 lengths over Emerald Action (runner-up in the 1999 Hunt Cup)
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 20, 2002
Tom Voss is a difficult man to please. Last weekend, with six horses entered in steeplechase meetings at My Lady's Manor and in Atlanta, Voss charges won three times and finished second three times. His trainees swept the top two races at the Manor, with Ironfist extending his winning streak to eight. But Voss wasn't satisfied. "A bob here, a head there. Losing that $75,000 race [in Atlanta] was a tough one. I could have won six," said the Monkton-based horseman. Perhaps it is this very attitude that has made Voss the National Steeplechase Association's top trainer three times and elevated his stable to one of the most powerful in the sport.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 20, 1997
A home-course advantage, a confident ride and some bad racing luck contributed to two victories at Butler yesterday that provide a welcome harbinger for this week's Maryland Hunt Cup.Buck Jakes profited from the first two elements and scored by a neck over defending champion Welter Weight in the 95th annual Grand National Steeplechase.And Florida Law, scratched from the Grand National, benefited immensely when Pargale fell at the next-to-last fence and took the 32nd running of the Benjamin H. Murray Memorial.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 20, 1997
A home-course advantage, a confident ride and some bad racing luck contributed to two victories at Butler yesterday that provide a welcome harbinger for this week's Maryland Hunt Cup.Buck Jakes profited from the first two elements and scored by a neck over defending champion Welter Weight in the 95th annual Grand National Steeplechase.And Florida Law, scratched from the Grand National, benefited immensely when Pargale fell at the next-to-last fence and took the 32nd running of the Benjamin H. Murray Memorial.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 21, 2001
The Tom Voss-trained entry of Welter Weight and Sam Sullivan will be the horses to beat today in the $30,000 Grand National Steeplechase at Butler. Defending Grand National champion Welter Weight, a model of consistency, and Sam Sullivan finished 1-2 two weeks ago in the Elkridge-Harford point-to-point feature at Voss' farm and will not have to contend with 2000 Maryland Hunt Cup winner Swayo, who is sidelined by an injury. Nine entries are scheduled to vie in today's race, a three-mile test over timber fences beginning at 3:30 p.m. However, five of those are cross-entered in the secondary feature, the $15,000 Benjamin H. Murray Memorial, and some are likely to be scratched from the Grand National.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 25, 1999
Welter Weight finally turned into the super heavyweight yesterday.Rebuffed in three previous attempts to win the Maryland Hunt Cup -- including a neck loss to running mate Florida Law last year -- the Armata Stables' gelding exorcised the jinx with a convincing victory on a breezy, sunny day.The margin over Emerald Action was approximately eight lengths, with Welter Weight completing the four-mile course over 22 timber fences in 8: 43 3/5. Nem Blong Hem...
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 22, 2000
The heavyweight will jump this week for trainer Tom Voss. Buoyed by a somewhat surprising victory by Ironfist in the My Lady's Manor last week, Voss' stable will send its big horse, Welter Weight, into the fray today in the 98th running of the $30,000 Grand National Steeplechase at Butler. The defending Grand National and Maryland Hunt Cup champion, the 12-year-old gelding is as honest as they come and will be an odds-on choice to repeat against seven rivals and set up another run at the state's most prestigious hunt race.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 22, 2001
The 99th annual Grand National Steeplechase was a showcase for the old guys yesterday. There in the stretch was the venerable Welter Weight, 13 years old and still running strong, striving mightily to hold off the late burst of Southwoods, one year his senior. Astride Welter Weight was 50-year-old jockey A. Patrick Smithwick Jr., who won his first race over the Grand National course in 1968, retired from jumping in the '70s and returned because of his friendship with trainer Tom Voss and his affection for Welter Weight and the now-deceased Florida Law, both of whom he hunted with on Voss' farm.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 13, 2002
A tradition more than a century old will be renewed today with nine horses scheduled to go postward in the first of Maryland's steeplechase Triple Crown series, the 92nd running of The My Lady's Manor in Harford County. And, on paper, the $20,000 race figures to be ruled by an Ironfist again. The 9-year-old gelding trained by the state's grand master at the jumps, Tom Voss, is favored to capture his third straight My Lady's cup over the 3-mile course that has been softened somewhat by recent rainfall but is still expected to be rather firm.
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By Joe Clancy and Joe Clancy,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 29, 2001
Michael Hoffman was a busy man last week, traveling to Milan, London and Amsterdam on business. But he made sure to get home in time to win yesterday's Maryland Hunt Cup. The 42-year-old investment banker from Leesburg, Va., turned back the calendar on the country's oldest steeplechase race by winning aboard his foxhunter-racehorse, Solo Lord. Begun in 1894 as a sporting challenge for foxhunting gentlemen riding their own horses, the Hunt Cup hadn't been won by an owner-rider since 1984.
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By Mike Klingaman and Kent Baker and Mike Klingaman and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 28, 2001
His feet have been trimmed, his muscles massaged. He has had a bath with Softsoap and a date with the acupuncturist, to ease his sore back. Pampered all week, favored Welter Weight has been prepped and prettied for today's 105th running of the Maryland Hunt Cup in Glyndon. His handlers stopped short of braiding Welter Weight's mane - a nod to the haughty fences he'll be asked to jump, says M.J. Kirwan, his groom: "We want his rider to be able to hold onto something ." This is, after all, the Hunt Cup, the mother of all American steeplechases, a four-mile obstacle course that belongs on Parris Island.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 22, 2001
The 99th annual Grand National Steeplechase was a showcase for the old guys yesterday. There in the stretch was the venerable Welter Weight, 13 years old and still running strong, striving mightily to hold off the late burst of Southwoods, one year his senior. Astride Welter Weight was 50-year-old jockey A. Patrick Smithwick Jr., who won his first race over the Grand National course in 1968, retired from jumping in the '70s and returned because of his friendship with trainer Tom Voss and his affection for Welter Weight and the now-deceased Florida Law, both of whom he hunted with on Voss' farm.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 21, 2001
The Tom Voss-trained entry of Welter Weight and Sam Sullivan will be the horses to beat today in the $30,000 Grand National Steeplechase at Butler. Defending Grand National champion Welter Weight, a model of consistency, and Sam Sullivan finished 1-2 two weeks ago in the Elkridge-Harford point-to-point feature at Voss' farm and will not have to contend with 2000 Maryland Hunt Cup winner Swayo, who is sidelined by an injury. Nine entries are scheduled to vie in today's race, a three-mile test over timber fences beginning at 3:30 p.m. However, five of those are cross-entered in the secondary feature, the $15,000 Benjamin H. Murray Memorial, and some are likely to be scratched from the Grand National.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 30, 2000
The first hint came a week earlier at the Grand National when Swayo won the "little race" in a quicker time than Welter Weight took the feature. All week, Welter Weight trainer Tom Voss considered Swayo to be the primary obstacle to his pursuit of the state's steeplechasing Triple Crown, and yesterday in the 104th running of the Maryland Hunt Cup at Glyndon, he proved prophetic. The only chestnut in the six-horse field stalked the pace most of the way, captured the lead with two fences remaining, then held off defending champion Welter Weight by 1 1/2 lengths to win one of the toughest timber races in the world.
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By Joe Clancy Jr. and Joe Clancy Jr.,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 18, 1999
Call Welter Weight the Utah Jazz of steeplechase racing. Despite running what would have been winning races in other years, he's been second in back-to-back Maryland Hunt Cups behind superb efforts from Buck Jakes (1997) and Florida Law (1998). At least Michael Jordan left him alone.Just like the 1999 NBA season may finally be the year for Karl Malone and company, Welter Weight served notice he was ready for the Hunt Cup with a convincing win in yesterday's $30,000 Grand National timber stakes in Butler.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 21, 1996
Joe Gillet is hot.After 17 years of riding, he never had scored a victory in Maryland's Triple Crown of steeplechasing -- until this year. Now he has two in a row.The popular jockey bided his time by tracking Maryland Hunt Cup champion Buck Jakes yesterday, then moved boldly to the front with Welter Weight and held off fast-closing Florida Law to capture the 94th running of the Grand National at Butler."
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 23, 2000
The beginning was a tad scary, but everything worked out well in the end for Welter Weight again yesterday. Armata Stables' consistent gelding tuned up for defense of his Maryland Hunt Cup title by rallying over the final half-mile to run down Emerald Action and win the 98th running of the Grand National Steeplechase under threatening skies at Butler. "If all is OK, he goes next week," said victorious trainer Tom Voss. "It looks like its going to be a short field at the Hunt Cup." Welter Weight won by 1 3/8 lengths over Emerald Action (runner-up in the 1999 Hunt Cup)
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 22, 2000
The heavyweight will jump this week for trainer Tom Voss. Buoyed by a somewhat surprising victory by Ironfist in the My Lady's Manor last week, Voss' stable will send its big horse, Welter Weight, into the fray today in the 98th running of the $30,000 Grand National Steeplechase at Butler. The defending Grand National and Maryland Hunt Cup champion, the 12-year-old gelding is as honest as they come and will be an odds-on choice to repeat against seven rivals and set up another run at the state's most prestigious hunt race.
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