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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | June 10, 1995
Three weeks after nearly winning the Preakness, Oliver's zTC Twist is working diligently toward his next start, in the $300,000 Ohio Derby."He came out of the Preakness super and worked a mile a couple days ago," said trainer Bill Boniface. "He'll have one more work before he leaves Friday morning by chartered jet."Boniface said he has no second thoughts about Oliver's Twist skipping the Belmont in favor of next Saturday's 1 1/8 -mile test at Thistledown."I don't think the distance [1 1/2 miles]
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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 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 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 | November 2, 1994
Harriet Finkelstein wheels her car into the stable area at Pimlico Race Course, hops out and plants a big smooch on the white face of her colt, Danny's Crown."
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | October 30, 1994
Edgar Prado performed an incredible acrobatic feat at Laurel Park yesterday that not only saved him from falling in front of the field in the Northern Dancer Stakes, but probably avoided a possible catastrophic pile-up coming out of the first turn.As the field straightened away down the backstretch, Prado's mount, pacesetter Sandman Sims, ducked from a shadow cast across the track by a patrol judge's tower.When the horse ducked, Prado was thrown off balance and was hanging half off the horse.
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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 Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | December 11, 1994
Trainer Billy Boniface thinks he might have a Triple Crown contender in his barn.Yesterday, after the Boniface-trained Oliver's Twist won his third straight start by 5 3/4 lengths in the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship at Laurel Park, Boniface said he will ship the horse to Florida and prepare to run him Feb. 18 in the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. In that race, he is expected to meet another Maryland-based runner, Laurel Futurity winner Western Echo."This is the best prospect I've had in the barn since 1983," Boniface said, referring to the year that he won the Preakness with Deputed Testamony.
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