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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | March 9, 1991
LAUREL -- Make no doubt, Wide Country was going to be a heavy favorite in today's $50,000-added Genuine Risk Stakes.But when Ten Out of Ten and Silver Tango -- a combined 6-for-7 lifetime -- turned up in the Laurel Race Course entries, it appeared the 3-year-old filly was going to have to work a bit harder than usual.Wide Country has been dominant in her division. She was named Maryland's top 2-year-old filly of 1990 last week, and she has won her past four starts.And her streak should go to five today: Ten Out of Ten and Silver Tango were scratched yesterday, leaving just five rivals for the champion.
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Sports Digest | March 15, 2014
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By Marty McGee | May 17, 1991
The last time Wide Country lost a horse race was Nov. 6. That was before Operation Desert Storm, before Strike the Gold broke his maiden, and before the filly ran off seven straight victories.As the streak progressed, Wide Country's owner, Tommy Tanner, said he was anxiously awaiting a race against tougher company.Today, in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, Tanner will get his wish.The Black-Eyed Susan, the traditional filly counterpart to the Preakness, heads a solid 11-race program that includes the $150,000 Early Times Dixie Handicap.
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From Sun staff reports | February 3, 2013
Sagamore Farm's Walkwithapurpose overcame a stumbling start, recovered and when asked for her best, powered past the leaders to victory in the $125,000 Wide Country Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Laurel Park. Jeremy Rose is 4-for-4 aboard the daughter of Candy Ride, from Argentina. Rose picked up the mount after her debut at Timonium and has guided her to consecutive tallies at Laurel, her maiden win (Oct. 3), an allowance victory (Nov. 16) and two stakes triumphs. Walkwithapurpose won the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship on New Year's Eve in her race before this start.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | February 24, 1991
LAUREL -- Donnie Miller knows it's a wide country. Yesterday, he wanted badly to beat Wide Country.But a bid from Ritchie Trail -- Miller's mount in the $75,000 Jameela Stakes at Laurel Race Course -- fell a head shy of catching heavily favored Wide Country, and Miller's farewell ride was a narrow loser.Miller is making the 3,000-mile, cross-country flight today to San Francisco and the northern California circuit, where he will begin riding regularly after 10 years as a Maryland standout.
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By Dale Austin and Dale Austin,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 25, 1990
LAUREL -- Wide Country surged to the front entering the stretch at Laurel Race Course yesterday and went on to win by 4 1/2 lengths over the rallying Ritchie Trail.In winning the $150,000 Maryland Juvenile Fillies Championship in an upset of heavily favored Gala Goldilocks, Wide Country probably wrapped up the 1990 championship for Maryland-bred 2-year-old fillies.The title will come after year-end voting, but considering her triumph yesterday, experts could offer no other contenders.Wide Country also provided profit for the first time for owner Tommy Tanner of Wilmington, Del., who paid $50,000 for the filly last winter.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | August 11, 1991
LAUREL -- Getting anything right nine times out of 10 can be tough, especially when it comes to winning horse races. So when Wide Country thumped her rival Maryland-breds again yesterday, marking her ninth victory in her last 10 starts, her connections set their sights on greater feats.The filly dominated the restricted Twixt Stakes at Laurel Race Course, winning the $100,000 race by nearly eight lengths. Afterward, trainer Bob Camac said the $1 million Breeders' Cup Distaff might be on the agenda for Wide Country.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | March 10, 1991
LAUREL -- Wide Country put another thumping on Maryland-breds at Laurel Race Course yesterday, and afterward owner Tommy Tanner said he is eager to try open company."
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By Dale Austin and Dale Austin,Sun Staff Correspondent | December 10, 1990
LAUREL -- Wide Country romped to a second consecutive easy stakes victory at Laurel Race Course yesterday and probably wrapped up a championship among 2-year-old Maryland-bred fillies.She won the $60,000 Heavenly Cause Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths as 1-2 favorite with Santos Chavez aboard and paid $3 to win.By finishing ahead of Dress Optional, part of a Dick Small-trained entry that went off as second choice, Wide Country triggered an exacta payoff of only $3.80. Track records indicate that it is the second-smallest exacta at Laurel.
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By Marty McGee | May 18, 1991
The third-place finisher in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes wa reported incorrectly in a story in Saturday's editions of The Sun. The correct third-place finisher was Nalees Pin.The Sun regrets the errors.Victories come in all shapes, sizes and degrees of desperation. For Wide Country, her eighth straight triumph -- and the most important of her career -- came in dazzling, then gasping, fashion.Wide Country put away two rivals turning for home in yesterday's $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, drew off to a big lead, then barely held off rallies from two rivals to win Maryland's most prestigious race for 3-year-old fillies.
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Baltimore Sun staff | July 1, 2012
Millionreasonswhy, a three-year-old filly from Sagamore Racing, died Sunday morning after crashing through a rail on the 3/4-mile training track at Sagamore Farm. She died instantly of internal injuries. “This is a very emotional day for our team,” said Tom Mullikin, Sagamore Racing's general manager. “Millionreasonswhy was a classy and tough filly that had not yet reached her full potential.  She was also a very sweet horse that was always a pleasure to be around.  I want to thank [trainer]
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From Sun staff reports | March 4, 2012
Sagamore Farms' Millionreasonswhy powered to the front and was hand-ridden to victory in Saturday's feature at Laurel Park, the $100,000 Wide Country Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. In her first start since August, the winner of the Matron Stakes (Grade 2) and runner-up to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner My Miss Aurelia in the Adirondack Stakes as a juvenile made a smashing return to the races with a 11/4 -length score over post-time favorite Dance to Bristol. The winner covered the seven-furlong distance in 1 minute, 24.08 seconds and paid $4.20.
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By Sports Digest | March 6, 2011
Laurel Park Red-hot Red's Round Table wins Wide Country Stakes Arnold Heft 's Red's Round Table won her fourth straight stakes race Saturday afternoon, the $75,000 Wide Country Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Laurel Park. Although runner-up Sweet Susan made a bold run at the winner late in the contest after chasing her from the start, the race was never in doubt as jockey Sheldon Russell helped the daughter of Cuvee to a 3/4-length victory in 1 minute, 25.99 seconds for the seven-furlong distance.
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By Sports Digest | March 7, 2010
Jim's Prospect won the $70,000 Wide Country Stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday, beating out seven other 3-year-old fillies. Jim's Prospect had finished second to post-time favorite Gator Prowl in their previous two meetings but got the better of her rival Saturday. Jim's Prospect, owned by the Estate of James Glenn, rallied three wide into the lane, caught That's How I Roll in mid-stretch and went on to win by a head. Vladimir Diaz rode the daughter of St Averil for trainer J.B. Secor , finishing the seven-furlong race in 1 minute, 24.67 seconds over the fast main track.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 13, 2005
The best 3-year-old filly in America ran yesterday at Laurel Park. That statement comes from Ernie Paragallo, who happens to own the filly, Amazing Buy. The daughter of High Yield, whom Paragallo bought one year ago for $350,000, won the $75,000 Wide Country Stakes for her third triumph in four starts. Based at Aqueduct, Amazing Buy has won two stakes already this year. "She's as good as any 3-year-old filly in America right now," Paragallo said. "She's the best filly I've owned." Paragallo, who lives on Long Island, campaigned two outstanding colts: Unbridled's Song, who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in 1995 and Florida Derby and Wood Memorial Stakes in 1996, and Artax, who was champion sprinter in 1999.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | March 30, 1998
Cigar Charlie doesn't like to be whipped, had an unfamiliar jockey and was running on a new track yesterday.But none of that mattered when the gray filly stalked the pace, then out-dueled Leave No Prints to win the $53,800 Wide Country Stakes, the closing-day feature at Laurel Park.It was the Maryland debut for Cigar Charlie, who was backed as a 2-to-5 favorite in a field of six 3-year-old females going 1 1/8 miles."The trainer [Michael Dickinson] told me this filly really resented the whip in her last race, " said Edgar Prado, who was aboard the horse for the first time.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | December 30, 1991
LAUREL -- Wide Country capped a sensational year with a four-length victory yesterday in the All Brandy Handicap, the last stakes race of the year in Maryland.The 3-year-old filly drew off from Lucky Lady Lauren in mid-stretch in the $75,000, 1 1/8 -mile event at Laurel Race Course, marking her eighth stakes win of the year. Lucky Lady Lauren held second, three lengths in front of Long Walk."She's still doing great, considering she's been in training all year," said trainer Bob Camac. "She just ran a big race.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Correspondent | February 10, 1992
LAUREL -- Trainer Bob Camac said an unfair weight assignment might keep him from running Wide Country, his state-bred champion, in Saturday's $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap.Camac wasn't surprised that Wide Country received top weight of 120 pounds, but said the 113 pounds assigned Wood So is "out of line."Wood So, trained by Katy Voss, recently won a prep for the Barbara Fritchie by seven lengths, as well as the Grade III Interborough Handicap at Aqueduct."That gives Wood So a tremendous break in the weights," Camac said.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | July 31, 1992
As anyone who reads the newsweeklies knows, country music is cool again. Once the purview of hayseeds and hillbillies, country has in recent years become slick, chart-savvy and safe for suburbanites. It's the stuff of million-sellers now, and seems full-to-bursting with Stetson-topped superstars.But that's not why Marty Stuart thinks this is the golden age of country music.For Stuart, who will perform tomorrow at the Rocky Gap Music Festival at Flinstone in Allegany County, the best thing about country music today is that it's so wide open.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | February 15, 1992
LAUREL -- Wide Country has a chance today to become the first filly in 22 years to win both the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and the Barbara Fritchie Handicap, probably Maryland's two best-known distaff stakes.The filly won the Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico Race Course last May 17, beating John's Decision by a neck in a slow race. She will be among the favorites in the Fritchie at Laurel Race Course today.Not since Process Shot pulled off the feat in the spring of 1969 and the winter of 1970, has a filly won both races.
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