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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | December 6, 1991
LAUREL -- Flay Time stopped in the middle of the winner's circle, ready for a photo session. The filly had just finished a wire-to-wire victory in yesterday's third race at Laurel Race Course, but something was amiss."
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May 20, 2005
In the middle leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, an elite 3-year-old thoroughbred, guided by a top jockey, must fend off rivals in close quarters and navigate the tight turns of Pimlico Race Course to make it to the winner's circle.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN STAFF | April 12, 2001
Finally, "Miss Piggy" got to ham it up. In the slop. Her nickname fit yesterday as the 5-year-old, known officially as Mary Bo Quoit, won her maiden in the fourth race at Pimlico. Victory meant photographs, peppermints, the winner's circle - the works. It was the 15th career start for the Carroll County mare, whose life has been chronicled in The Sun. Mary Bo Quoit led all the way in the six-furlong race and won by two lengths over Astro Dancer in a dull 1 minute, 15 1/5 seconds. "First time I didn't get dirty on her," said jockey Mario Verge.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | January 9, 2005
Michael Gill issued a challenge yesterday to the racing world: If you don't name him the winner of the Eclipse Award as outstanding owner this year, then he'll be even more determined to win next year. "I'm going to make it so they have to give it to me," said Gill, one of three finalists for the owners Eclipse. "If I have to win 700 races, then I'll win 700 races." Gill spoke in the winner's circle at Pimlico after receiving the trophy for leading owner in Maryland in 2004. Horses owned by Gill, 48, who lives in New Hampshire and owns a mortgage business, won 153 races last year at Pimlico and Laurel Park.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | June 8, 2003
ELMONT, N.Y. - Pat Day and Wally Dollase, jockey and trainer of Ten Most Wanted, expected to win the Kentucky Derby. Their hopes vanished quickly when the horse stumbled out of the gate, got bumped twice and finished ninth. The colt hurt his back, and it took a chiropractor to repair the damage. Yesterday, in the Belmont, Day and Dollase hoped to get their reward - and they nearly succeeded. Ten Most Wanted challenged Empire Maker down the stretch but fell three quarters of a length short, finishing second.
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By Pete Bielski and Pete Bielski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 6, 2000
Richard Small was alone in the winner's circle after yesterday's $75,000 Snow Goose Handicap at Laurel Park, but he didn't mind. As owner, breeder and trainer of the powerful mare Proud Owner, he didn't have to share any credit, except with jockey Jozbin Santana. And he obliged his rider. "That kid is a natural," Small said. Yesterday's win for Proud Owner was a nice parallel for Small's new life. Small used to handle the free-spending stable of Robert and Harry Meyerhoff, where parties in the winner's circle were exceeded only by the pressure to win with expensive horses.
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By Michael Sragow | July 25, 2003
Seabiscuit revives the sweeping pleasures of movies that address and respect the mass audience - raising the common denominator instead of pandering to it. This picture will move large audiences to applause and tears while deepening their feelings for the mysteries of character, the majesty of athletics, and the thrill of our democratic culture at its best, as diverse figures become true popular champions. With three incomparable actors, writer-director Gary Ross, working from Laura Hillenbrand's extraordinary nonfiction bestseller, sensitizes the audience to the personal and professional needs of a grief-stricken race horse owner (Jeff Bridges)
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By Marty McGee | September 12, 1990
Mike Luzzi was back riding at Pimlico Race Course yesterday, and he wasted little time resuming what has been one of the best streaks of his life.Luzzi, aboard favored Diangle in the third race, returned to the winner's circle smiling and waving his whip after the gelding defeated 11 other maidens. It was Luzzi's second mount since he took two weeks off -- one for his honeymoon and the other for a seven-day suspension.Before leaving, Luzzi, 20, won the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Aug. 18 at Pimlico on Northern Wolf.
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By Marty McGee | April 14, 1991
When Gala Spinaway won the Cherry Hill Mile 15 days ago the finish was so tight that the colt had to wait some 10 minutes before entering the winner's circle.No such wait yesterday.The colt made a mockery of the $75,000 Deputed Testamony Stakes at Pimlico Race Course yesterday, then walked straight into the winner's circle. He won by 13 lengths -- which was 13 lengths, less a fraction of an inch, greater than his margin in the Cherry Hill Mile."That seemed like forever," jockey Gregg McCarron said of the time it took the photo-finish camera to separate Gala Spinaway and Near the Limit in the Garden State Park race.
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May 20, 2005
In the middle leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, an elite 3-year-old thoroughbred, guided by a top jockey, must fend off rivals in close quarters and navigate the tight turns of Pimlico Race Course to make it to the winner's circle.
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By Michael Sragow | July 25, 2003
Seabiscuit revives the sweeping pleasures of movies that address and respect the mass audience - raising the common denominator instead of pandering to it. This picture will move large audiences to applause and tears while deepening their feelings for the mysteries of character, the majesty of athletics, and the thrill of our democratic culture at its best, as diverse figures become true popular champions. With three incomparable actors, writer-director Gary Ross, working from Laura Hillenbrand's extraordinary nonfiction bestseller, sensitizes the audience to the personal and professional needs of a grief-stricken race horse owner (Jeff Bridges)
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | June 8, 2003
ELMONT, N.Y. - Pat Day and Wally Dollase, jockey and trainer of Ten Most Wanted, expected to win the Kentucky Derby. Their hopes vanished quickly when the horse stumbled out of the gate, got bumped twice and finished ninth. The colt hurt his back, and it took a chiropractor to repair the damage. Yesterday, in the Belmont, Day and Dollase hoped to get their reward - and they nearly succeeded. Ten Most Wanted challenged Empire Maker down the stretch but fell three quarters of a length short, finishing second.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 20, 2003
A 3-year-old colt and an 8-year-old horse brought tears, cheers and unabashed joy into the winner's circle yesterday at Pimlico Race Course. Cherokee's Boy, 3, won the $150,000 Federico Tesio Stakes by a commanding 2 3/4 lengths and placed his jubilant owners, two blue-collar Baltimoreans, on the verge of the near-impossible dream: running their horse in the Preakness. Foard Wilgis and Dave Picarello, natives of Remington and Parkville, respectively, had so many friends and relatives mobbing them after the race that the winner's photographs couldn't be taken in the winner's circle.
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By Tom Keyser and By Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | December 23, 2001
The applause started just before the finish line as Xtra Heat, wearing her purple Breeders' Cup saddlecloth, walked calmly toward the finish line. Fans of the phenomenal 3-year-old filly stood three- and four-deep along the rail and around the winner's circle at Laurel Park yesterday as Maryland racing celebrated Xtra Heat Day. "She's a movie star," gushed John Salzman, her trainer and part owner. Purchased for $5,000 by Salzman and two partners, Xtra Heat has earned $1,274,150. She has won 17 of 22 races, and she's finished second three times.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN STAFF | May 18, 2001
Charlsie Cantey has circled Churchill Downs astride a thoroughbred with a mini-cam strapped to her helmet. She has saddled winners at Pimlico Race Course. And she has dashed down the stretch at the Belmont Stakes in a breathless bid to reach the victor in the winner's circle. She traversed that 1/16 of a mile in less-than-record time: Cantey was on foot, and five months' pregnant, that day. Here's the point: Cantey, of Chevy Chase, is far more familiar than most with the racetracks that make up the Triple Crown.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN STAFF | April 12, 2001
Finally, "Miss Piggy" got to ham it up. In the slop. Her nickname fit yesterday as the 5-year-old, known officially as Mary Bo Quoit, won her maiden in the fourth race at Pimlico. Victory meant photographs, peppermints, the winner's circle - the works. It was the 15th career start for the Carroll County mare, whose life has been chronicled in The Sun. Mary Bo Quoit led all the way in the six-furlong race and won by two lengths over Astro Dancer in a dull 1 minute, 15 1/5 seconds. "First time I didn't get dirty on her," said jockey Mario Verge.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | February 9, 1991
LAUREL -- Two horses with a race apiece over the track -- Rhythm and Secret Hello -- are the program favorites in today's $500,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla.The race will be simulcast at Laurel Race Course and the Pimlico inter-track outlet.Both horses finished second in preps for the Donn, which kicks off the 10-race American Championship Racing Series. The series comes to Maryland May 11 for the Pimlico Special.Rhythm, the 5-2 morning-line choice, finished a late-closing second in the Creme Fraiche Handicap at Gulfstream.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 16, 1997
For a $200,000 race, it was the quietest winner's circle in memory. The winning trainer and owners hadn't even seen the race; they had listened to the call by telephone.So the victorious mare, Miss Golden Circle, gained all the attention yesterday after her sparkling performance in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap, a Grade II seven-furlong sprint at Laurel Park. And she made the most of it, kicking back her rear feet and shaking her sweaty head.She deserved the spotlight. Under a wise ride by jockey Richard Migliore, who flew in from New York, Miss Golden Circle overcame a difficult post position, avoided traffic and then surged ahead in the stretch for a length victory over last year's Fritchie winner, Lottsa Talc.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | March 26, 2001
The man approached Tony Dutrow outside the winner's circle yesterday after the final stakes of the winter meet at Laurel Park. Dutrow, who closed the meet with the highest winning percentage of any trainer, couldn't believe his ears when the man asked for his autograph. After signing the man's program, Dutrow said that was the first autograph he'd ever given. If you want to ask him for the second, you'll have to catch him at Pimlico. That's where thoroughbred racing resumes Wednesday after ending its five-month run at Laurel.
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By Pete Bielski and Pete Bielski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 6, 2000
Richard Small was alone in the winner's circle after yesterday's $75,000 Snow Goose Handicap at Laurel Park, but he didn't mind. As owner, breeder and trainer of the powerful mare Proud Owner, he didn't have to share any credit, except with jockey Jozbin Santana. And he obliged his rider. "That kid is a natural," Small said. Yesterday's win for Proud Owner was a nice parallel for Small's new life. Small used to handle the free-spending stable of Robert and Harry Meyerhoff, where parties in the winner's circle were exceeded only by the pressure to win with expensive horses.
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