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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | October 11, 1994
Western Echo shouldn't be mentioned in the same breath as Spectacular Bid, trainer Bud Delp said yesterday, minutes after "Echo" followed in "Bid's" hoofprints and won the Laurel Futurity.But despite giving no illusions of greatness, Western Echo filled a 16-year gap for Delp and owners Harry and Tom Meyerhoff, and gave them their second victory in two tries in the historic stakes.They had won the race for the first time in 1978 with Spectacular Bid."I'd say we're batting 1.000," Delp said.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | December 20, 1998
Eastern Daydream raced three wide around both turns, but had sufficient kick to hold off post-time favorite Algar and win the $50,000 Hail Emperor Stakes by a length yesterday at Laurel Park.The 3-year-old chestnut son of Eastern Echo, owned by Harry and Tom Meyerhoff, finished the 1 3/16-mile distance in 1: 56 4/5. Testing took third.Eastern Daydream paid $7.60, $4 and $2.60.Algar paid $3.20 and $2.40, and Testing paid $3.20.Eastern Daydream's jockey Mark Johnston was impressed."It's hard to say where his talent will end," said Johnson.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | November 9, 1994
Western Echo is back at Laurel Park after finishing a respectable sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and has his trainer, Bud Delp, weighing options on how to best prepare him for the 1995 Triple Crown.But first, Delp said yesterday, he's going to run Harry and Tom Meyerhoff's colt in 19 days in the $200,000 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct.Go For Gin won that race last year and went on to win the 1994 Kentucky Derby.Although Western Echo was beaten 10 lengths by TimberCountry in Saturday's Juvenile, Delp says his horse might have been third or fourth in the race with better racing luck.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 16, 1998
He never complains. He goes about his business. And yesterday, Western Echo conducted business gallantly, winning the Walter Haight Handicap at Laurel Park.Beset by respiratory problems and body soreness for the past four years, the 6-year-old chestnut horse wore down Fireside Brass on the far turn to win the 1 1/8-mile stakes worth $53,425. The $32,055 winner's share swelled his bankroll to $571,756 for his owners, Tom and Harry Meyerhoff."He's got some heart," said his trainer, Grover G. "Bud" Delp.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | April 10, 1995
Triple Crown nominee Western Echo lost in his first Maryland start of the year yesterday but did nothing to discourage his connections from running the horse in the April 22 $150,000 Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.Striking Lord, a little-known Pennsylvania-bred sprinter, was first out of the gate and ran five furlongs in near-track-record time to hold off 4-5 favored Western Echo by a head in Pimlico's $32,575 Harriman Stakes.But Bud Delp, trainer of Western Echo, said he was encouraged by the race and that Harry and Tom Meyerhoff's horse is definitely Tesio-bound.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 16, 1998
He never complains. He goes about his business. And yesterday, Western Echo conducted business gallantly, winning the Walter Haight Handicap at Laurel Park.Beset by respiratory problems and body soreness for the past four years, the 6-year-old chestnut horse wore down Fireside Brass on the far turn to win the 1 1/8-mile stakes worth $53,425. The $32,055 winner's share swelled his bankroll to $571,756 for his owners, Tom and Harry Meyerhoff."He's got some heart," said his trainer, Grover G. "Bud" Delp.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | October 26, 1994
Maryland's leading jockey, Edgar Prado, is expected to pick up his third Breeders' Cup mount next week, on Harry and Tom Meyerhoff's 2-year-old colt, Western Echo, in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Louisville's Churchill Downs on Nov. 5.Prado rode in two Breeders' Cup races in 1992 at Gulfstream Park. Although he finished off the board in the Classic with Jolie's Halo and in the Juvenile Fillies with Booly, he won a $100,000 stakes on the undercard aboard the John Salzman-trained Departing Cloud.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 23, 1997
Western Echo ran a picture-perfect race yesterday to win the $75,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Handicap at Laurel Park.The 5-year-old horse stalked the early leader, Richie The Coach, for most of the 1 3/16-mile race. But on the far turn Western Echo's jockey, Edgar Prado, urged him ahead, and the glistening chestnut charged to the lead and a 4 3/4 -length victory."He was just galloping along all the way around," said Prado, Maryland's leading jockey. "It was just a matter of when to go after Richie The Coach.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | October 26, 1994
Maryland's leading jockey, Edgar Prado, is expected to pick up his third Breeders' Cup mount next week, on Harry and Tom Meyerhoff's 2-year-old colt, Western Echo, in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Louisville's Churchill Downs on Nov. 5.Prado rode in two Breeders' Cup races in 1992 at Gulfstream Park. Although he finished off the board in the Classic with Jolie's Halo and in the Juvenile Fillies with Booly, he won a $100,000 stakes on the undercard aboard the John Salzman-trained Departing Cloud.
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By Tom Keyser | January 18, 1997
Yesterday's card was canceled because the track was frozen, but Laurel officials will try to run today's card as scheduled.Today: The $75,000 Native Dancer Handicap at 1 1/8 miles features top older horses Richie The Coach and Western Echo. When they met Dec. 21 in the Hail Emperor at Laurel, Richie The Coach romped by 6 1/2 lengths. With top jockey Edgar Prado in the irons, Western Echo seeks revenge.Tomorrow: The $50,000 Marshua Stakes at six furlongs showcases talented 3-year-old filly Assault John, winner of the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship.
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July 19, 1997
Today: The secondary feature, the All Brandy Stakes, consists of a dozen fillies and mares attempting 1 1/8 miles over the turf course. The $75,000 event goes as the ninth, one race prior to the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash.Although her last victory came in April, Tough Broad probably will be the choice by post time. Trainer Richard Small has not named a rider for the daughter of Broad Brush.Lunar Antics, winner of her past three under allowance conditions, and Marshyhope, victorious in two starter allowance events recently, should provide stiff competition.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 18, 1997
In a blanket finish, Ops Smile edged long shot Brave Note in the Grade II, $200,000 Dixie, the headliner on the Preakness undercard yesterday.Trained by Bill Boniface, Ops Smile rallied steadily on the outside and appeared to the naked eye to just miss. The win photo said differently, Ops Smile prevailing by a nose in one of the nation's oldest stakes, which began in 1870."I can't believe we got beat," said Brave Note's jockey, Rick Wilson. "I thought we had it."Brave Note set the pace on a track favoring speed, moved over to the rail and began digging in during the midstretch.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 23, 1997
Western Echo ran a picture-perfect race yesterday to win the $75,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Handicap at Laurel Park.The 5-year-old horse stalked the early leader, Richie The Coach, for most of the 1 3/16-mile race. But on the far turn Western Echo's jockey, Edgar Prado, urged him ahead, and the glistening chestnut charged to the lead and a 4 3/4 -length victory."He was just galloping along all the way around," said Prado, Maryland's leading jockey. "It was just a matter of when to go after Richie The Coach.
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By Tom Keyser | January 18, 1997
Yesterday's card was canceled because the track was frozen, but Laurel officials will try to run today's card as scheduled.Today: The $75,000 Native Dancer Handicap at 1 1/8 miles features top older horses Richie The Coach and Western Echo. When they met Dec. 21 in the Hail Emperor at Laurel, Richie The Coach romped by 6 1/2 lengths. With top jockey Edgar Prado in the irons, Western Echo seeks revenge.Tomorrow: The $50,000 Marshua Stakes at six furlongs showcases talented 3-year-old filly Assault John, winner of the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 7, 1996
The old-timer relived his past glory yesterday.Winless in 18 months, Sunny Sunrise reached back for something extra yesterday and stood off stablemate Western Echo by a half-length to take the $100,000 John B. Campbell Handicap at Pimlico.It was the 15th victory in 51 lifetime starts for the 9-year-old chestnut gelding, who pushed his career earnings above $1.3 million.Pimlico and Sunny Sunrise are as compatible and tea and crumpets."He loves this track," said trainer Buddy Delp. "He's run here nine times and won five, including this race three times."
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | January 21, 1996
The field of eight required almost five minutes to load while Sunny Sunrise balked and required some equipment adjustments.Once they were off, Sunny Sunrise seemed to like the changes, setting punishing fractions in the 1 1/8 -mile Native Dancer Handicap yesterday at Laurel Park.But in the end, Gulf Reckoning showed his versatility, rallying from just off the lead to nail the pacesetter by 1 3/4 lengths and win the $75,000 event.Gulf Reckoning had won the Congressional Handicap here three weeks ago by setting his own tempo while running on the front end from wire to wire.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 7, 1996
The old-timer relived his past glory yesterday.Winless in 18 months, Sunny Sunrise reached back for something extra yesterday and stood off stablemate Western Echo by a half-length to take the $100,000 John B. Campbell Handicap at Pimlico.It was the 15th victory in 51 lifetime starts for the 9-year-old chestnut gelding, who pushed his career earnings above $1.3 million.Pimlico and Sunny Sunrise are as compatible and tea and crumpets."He loves this track," said trainer Buddy Delp. "He's run here nine times and won five, including this race three times."
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | April 23, 1995
Celebrity jockey Kent Desormeaux flew into Pimlico Race Course from California yesterday to ride Western Echo for former Eclipse Award-winning trainer Bud Delp in the Federico Tesio Stakes.But the three-time Eclipse winning Desormeaux, 25, who left the Maryland circuit as "the Kid" five years ago, was beaten by a neck by Oliver's Twist, a horse owned by his former airplane pilot, and a colt Desormeaux is likely to encounter again in a month's time in the Preakness."Yes, that's where we're headed," said winning trainer Billy Boniface, who said the Preakness "is our target."
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | April 23, 1995
Celebrity jockey Kent Desormeaux flew into Pimlico Race Course from California yesterday to ride Western Echo for former Eclipse Award-winning trainer Bud Delp in the Federico Tesio Stakes.But the three-time Eclipse winning Desormeaux, 25, who left the Maryland circuit as "the Kid" five years ago, was beaten by a neck by Oliver's Twist, a horse owned by his former airplane pilot, and a colt Desormeaux is likely to encounter again in a month's time in the Preakness."Yes, that's where we're headed," said winning trainer Billy Boniface, who said the Preakness "is our target."
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | April 21, 1995
In a coming episode of "Baywatch," Kent Desormeaux plays the role of a blind jockey named Corey L'Auberge."The jockey regains his sight, but is too scared to ride again until a girl he meets gives him the confidence to continue his career," Desormeaux said.No, the girl isn't the comely Pamela Anderson. "But someone even prettier," Desormeaux said.But it's Kent Desormeaux the rider, and not the actor, that Maryland racing fans will see in action tomorrow in more than $500,000 worth of stakes at Pimlico Race Course.
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