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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 Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | April 22, 1995
Don't expect any Kentucky Derby starters to surface in today's Grade III Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico.But if the history of the race is any indication, a Preakness starter or two will emerge from the field.Looming, last year's Tesio runner-up who was disqualified and placed out of the money, and past winners Woods of Windsor (1993) and Speakerphone (1992) made their next start in the Preakness, although the best finish was the sixth-place effort by Woods of Windsor.For today's race, Bud Delp, trainer of expected favorite Western Echo, who is being ridden by Kent Desormeaux, has said he's thinking of the Illinois Derby, not the Preakness, for his horse's next start.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | October 8, 1994
Short-priced favorites in small fields figure to dominate the action in the three graded stakes carded this weekend at Laurel Race Course.New Jersey invader Avie's Fancy is the lone graded stakes winner in today's $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.Trainer Mark Perlsweig scratched the filly from the Rare Perfume Stakes at Belmont Park last weekend to go in this spot, which he is using as a prep for the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes at Keeneland Race Course on Oct. 29."
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | November 23, 1997
With the $150,000 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct off the grass yesterday, trainer Leo O'Brien decided to run Instant Friendship there instead of at Laurel Park.It turned out to be a good decision for O'Brien and Bill Boniface.Instant Friendship, second behind Skip Away in the Jockey Club Gold Cup in his previous start, drew off through the stretch and scored a seven-length victory at rain-soaked Aqueduct.And with the probable favorite in the $100,000 Congressional Handicap scratched, the Boniface-trained Testing rallied on the outside and chased down Richie the Coach to win by a head at 7-5 odds.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 18, 1996
Eclipse Award winner Serena's Song, the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes champion last year, and Mecke, the favorite in the Grade II $200,000 Early Times Dixie, headline a star-studded field on today's Preakness undercard.Serena's Song has drawn only four rivals to test her in the first big race of the afternoon (fourth on the card), the Grade III $200,000 Pimlico Distaff at 1 1/8 miles.Despite a three-race losing streak, she figures to be a short-priced choice for trainer D. Wayne Lukas, particularly after her easy victory in the 1995 Black-Eyed Susan over the same Pimlico track.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | May 13, 1995
Horsemen will receive a 7 percent purse boost when Laurel Park opens its doors for its live summer meet June 15.Pimlico/Laurel operator Joe De Francis notified owners and trainers of the increase yesterday as well as unveiling an incentive to increase field sizes and enhance the live product.De Francis said that also starting at Laurel, the tracks will offer a 40 percent purse bonus for all allowance and open claiming races, except those carded on the turf, if there are eight or more betting interests in each field.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | February 5, 1995
Timber Country and Afternoon Deelites, rated the best pair of 2-year-old colts in the nation last year, head a list of 317 horses nominated to the 1995 Triple Crown.The roster of horses, which represents a 10 percent drop from the 354 thoroughbreds that were nominated in 1994, was released in Louisville, Ky., today by Triple Crown Productions, Inc.For the first time, Japanese-raced 3-year-olds were nominated to the series as well as 10 horses based in Europe."The drop in numbers is a direct reflection of the decline in recent foal crops in North America," said Ed Seigenfeld, executive director of the three-race series.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | April 1, 1995
Maryland-based Oliver's Twist was shipped to Gulfstream Park this winter to face the best of the nation's 3-year-old crop. It was a proving ground that might have carried him into the Kentucky Derby.But after three defeats, a possible Run for the Roses has been scrapped in favor of a quest for the black-eyed Susans."He might be a notch below the best, but we had to find out some time," trainer Billy Boniface said. "It seemed like a good plan and we had hopes, but they didn't work out."Boniface said instead of the Derby, Oliver's Twist is being pointed toward the Preakness on May 20, with the Grade III Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico serving as the final prep race.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | September 28, 1997
The six-month, $4 million series of races known as MATCH (Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships) concludes Saturday with five races at four tracks -- and the $160,000 bonus for leading trainer and owner still up for grabs.American Champ, a 3-year-old sprinter, and Cat Be Nimble, a 5-year-old sprinter, will battle to the wire for top overall point earner. Entering the final race of their seven-race series, American Champ leads Cat Be Nimble 26-23.Horses earn six points for a win, four for second, three for third, two for fourth and one for fifth or worse.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | April 26, 1995
Trainer Billy Boniface yesterday ruled out any possibility of running Oliver's Twist, winner of the Federico Tesio Stakes, in the Kentucky Derby next week.But he is aiming the horse for the Preakness on May 20.The Derby was eliminated, Boniface said, because "of the track [at Churchill Downs]. There's not enough time to ship there and acclimate him to the surface."Oliver's Twist is one of about five 3-year-olds who are skipping the Derby, but could be Preakness-bound. Others include the Nick Zito-trained pair of Star Standard and Mr. Greeley; Mystery Storm, second choice in Saturday's Arkansas Derby, who finished fifth; and Houston Sunrise, winner of the San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita Park on April 12.Each of Zito's colts has won a stakes at the current Keeneland, Ky., race meet.
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