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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
When Severn resident Joan M.E. Gaither was born nearly 70 years ago, the word "negro" was printed on her birth certificate. Gaither, an artist and retired educator, says she has channeled the hurt and humiliation she has endured from racism over the years into something positive - namely, her narrative quilt pieces, in which she aims to show the legacies and contributions of African-Americans and denounce the idea of racial segregation. "When I should die, I don't even care if my name is on my grave," she said.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
When Severn resident Joan M.E. Gaither was born nearly 70 years ago, the word "negro" was printed on her birth certificate. Gaither, an artist and retired educator, says she has channeled the hurt and humiliation she has endured from racism over the years into something positive - namely, her narrative quilt pieces, in which she aims to show the legacies and contributions of African-Americans and denounce the idea of racial segregation. "When I should die, I don't even care if my name is on my grave," she said.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | April 18, 1992
Frank and Ginny Wright will be at Pimlico Race Course today watching the simulcast of the Wood Memorial from Aqueduct, along with about 10,000 other racing fans.But there's one difference.The Wrights own part of one of the starters, the Saratoga Six colt Surely Six, who is trained locally by Ben Perkins Jr."But even if the horse runs well, he's not going to the Kentucky Derby," Frank Wright said. "Benny [Perkins] is going to be looking for another spot."The Wrights, who operate Huntingfields Farm near Hampstead, are staying close to home because they are planning a family party for the Easter holiday.
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By Liam Durbin and For The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
[Editor's note: Liam  Durbin is owner/handicapper of e-ponies.com and creator of the One Click Pony, Pro Picks Mobile  and Exacta Max apps. He shares his Triple Crown picks and betting tips with The Baltimore Sun each year.] California Chrome hardly broke a sweat in his last four races, despite being in increasingly competitive fields. He appears to have push-button acceleration and is a man amongst boys on the west coast. One could argue that he has yet to show what he can do if really tested.
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April 19, 1992
NEW YORK -- A year ago, Cahill Road won the Wood Memorial, came back to the winner's circle lame and never raced again.Yesterday, Devil His Due won the same Kentucky Derby prep, but his trainer, Allen Jerkens, said the colt might not run at Churchill Downs on May 2."I would prefer not to go to the Derby," Jerkens said. "That would be a lot of racing for this horse in such a short time. We'll think it over. A 50-50 chance? I'd say that that would be it, tops. I don't believe in overdoing a horse."
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | March 21, 1997
Captain Bodgit, the top contender for the Kentucky Derby, will race next in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Park, not the Blue Grass Stakes in Keeneland, Ky., as expected.Racing officials at Keeneland never received Captain Bodgit's nomination form, making him ineligible for the April 12 race, said Barry Irwin, president of Team Valor, the California corporation that owns the horse.Irwin said yesterday that he believes his office sent the form Feb. 23, the day before nominations closed."But they did not get one from us," Irwin said.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 7, 2005
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The 131st Kentucky Derby gained its focal point when Bellamy Road won the Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct by 17 1/2 lengths, shattering the stakes record, tying the track record and unleashing the imagination. Could this power-packed horse owned by the high-powered George Steinbrenner be the next Secretariat? Those who have watched him train for the Kentucky Derby today at Churchill Downs may be excused for thinking the unthinkable: He just might be. With neck bowed and eyes bulging, the galloping Bellamy Road has barely been able to contain the competitive rage that seems to pound inside his glistening dark-brown coat.
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April 27, 2002
Horse Sire Trainer Jockey Last race Comment Odds* Harlan's Holiday Harlan Ken McPeek Edgar Prado 1st Blue Grass Stakes 10 races, 6 wins, 4 seconds, $1.5 million earned 5-1 Saarland Unbridled Shug McGaughey John Velazquez 4th Wood Memorial What a story if he brings first win to Phipps family 12-1 Came Home Gone West Paco Gonzalez Chris McCarron 1st Santa Anita 7 races, 6 wins; you've got to love this fighter 8-1 Medaglia d'Oro El Prado Bobby Frankel Laffit...
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By Liam Durbin and For The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
The new points system for qualifying horses for the Kentucky Derby appears to have served its purpose. The race is full of horses with the preferred pedigree and running style to handle the distance. While this has served to restore some purity to the race, it has also made the race tougher to handicap because many of the horses now excluded by the points system were easy toss-outs for handicappers. This field of 20 is very even. A case could be made for every one of them to win. Orb was made the morning-line favorite, in a bit of a surprise, over Verrazano, who many thought would be made the favorite after remaining perfect in the Wood Memorial.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | April 20, 1993
It's final.Storm Tower is headed to the Kentucky Derby.What's more, the horse is training for the race this week i Maryland at the Bowie Training Center.It is the first time a Derby favorite has prepped for the race at Maryland track since 1988, when Private Terms, who, like Storm Tower, won the Wood Memorial, was based at Laurel Race Course.Storm Tower arrived at Bowie yesterday about noon after three-hour van ride from Aqueduct Race Course.Trainer Ben Perkins Jr. said the 3-year-old colt, one of the thre Kentucky Derby favorites along with Prairie Bayou and Personal Hope, will go to the track about 8:30 a.m. today and train at Bowie all week.
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By Liam Durbin and For The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
The new points system for qualifying horses for the Kentucky Derby appears to have served its purpose. The race is full of horses with the preferred pedigree and running style to handle the distance. While this has served to restore some purity to the race, it has also made the race tougher to handicap because many of the horses now excluded by the points system were easy toss-outs for handicappers. This field of 20 is very even. A case could be made for every one of them to win. Orb was made the morning-line favorite, in a bit of a surprise, over Verrazano, who many thought would be made the favorite after remaining perfect in the Wood Memorial.
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By From Sun news services | April 4, 2010
And your likely Kentucky Derby favorite is ... Eskendereya, the overpowering winner of the $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in New York. Drawing away from a strong field in the stretch, Eskendereya pulled off a second straight blowout in a major Derby prep Saturday to state his case as the horse to beat on the first Saturday in May. And that would be fine with Todd Pletcher, the trainer who has won just about every race you can think of...
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | April 6, 2008
SOUTH OZONE PARK, N.Y. -- J Be K was recognized as the fastest horse in the Grade III, $150,000 Bay Shore Stakes yesterday at Aqueduct Racetrack and proved it over the seven-furlong race, leading from start to finish. But while other horses fell further behind the streaking son of Silver Deputy, Gattopardo, the Laurel Park-based 3-year-old kept digging, climbing from fourth to second, five lengths back. "I couldn't sleep last night, I was so excited about this race," said Gattopardo's owner Mike Ueltzen.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 7, 2005
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The 131st Kentucky Derby gained its focal point when Bellamy Road won the Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct by 17 1/2 lengths, shattering the stakes record, tying the track record and unleashing the imagination. Could this power-packed horse owned by the high-powered George Steinbrenner be the next Secretariat? Those who have watched him train for the Kentucky Derby today at Churchill Downs may be excused for thinking the unthinkable: He just might be. With neck bowed and eyes bulging, the galloping Bellamy Road has barely been able to contain the competitive rage that seems to pound inside his glistening dark-brown coat.
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April 22, 2005
Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church will exhibit drawings and paintings in the exhibit Gifts of Good Pleasure in its gallery through May 8, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Severna Park. The artists, Nancy Saarlas and Sharon West, have included traditional watercolor studies along with pen-and-ink drawings in this exhibit. Saarlas holds multiple degrees in fine arts from the University of Illinois. She is resuming her fine arts career after devoting the past 25 years to the church. West, who is employed by First Horizon Home Loans as a real estate manager for the Northeast and New England regions, lives in Severna Park.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | December 18, 2004
As soon as Declan's Moon, the undefeated Maryland-bred, crosses the finish line in the Hollywood Futurity today at Hollywood Park, the period of the known will end and the period of the unknown will begin. The outcome of the Hollywood Futurity, the last major race of the year for 2-year-olds, will settle the question of which juvenile will win the Eclipse Award for 2-year-old male. That much will be known. The unknown is what happens next. Because of a change in dates of two of the major races leading to the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, the road to the spring classics next year is fraught with uncertainty.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | April 4, 1993
Chip's Dancer took another step toward a possible starting berth in the Kentucky Derby yesterday by winning the $72,250 Deputed Testamony Stakes at Pimlico Race Course by 13 lengths.It was the fourth stakes victory for the Maryland-bred gelding in two months."We will either try the heavyheads next in New York in the Wood Memorial [at Aqueduct, April 17] or we could go straight to the Kentucky Derby (on May 3) with a fresh horse," said trainer Jerry Ferris.Chip's Dancer stalked pacesetter Dynamic Brush for the first six furlongs, then assumed command rounding the final turn.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | May 21, 2000
The smile sat beneath the thinning gray hair on Frank Stronach's head, sharing space with the red veins that lined his cheeks. The smile, on display yesterday after his horse, Red Bullet, won the Preakness, said one thing: Nothing beats vindication, especially when it comes with one of the jewels of the Triple Crown. It was Stronach's second victory of the type, after Touch Gold's 1997 Belmont Stakes triumph."What went through my mind was that I'd made the right decision because I always knew this was a great horse," Stronach, 67, said of the moment his horse crossed the finish line, 3 3/4 lengths ahead of the second-place finisher, Kentucky Derby winner and alleged juggernaut Fusaichi Pegasus.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 11, 2004
NEW YORK - Michael Dickinson dreaded running Tapit in the Wood Memorial Stakes yesterday at Aqueduct. Dickinson, who trains at his farm in Cecil County, knew the horse had just gotten over a sickness and wasn't completely fit. The best he hoped for was third and a chance to improve the colt's health and fitness over the next three weeks for the Kentucky Derby. Overcoming his trainer's doubts, Tapit rallied from last place to win the $750,000 Wood Memorial and ensure his place among the favorites in the nation's most prestigious race May 1 at Churchill Downs.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 8, 2004
NEW YORK -- The Toscano family of New York could hardly stop celebrating after winning a big stakes race last month in Kentucky. If the Toscanos win the Wood Memorial Stakes here Saturday at Aqueduct, then the celebration might go on forever. "I'm trying to imagine it, but I just, well, I just can't," said John Toscano III. "That would absolutely be awesome. To win this race on our home track, well, that would be an unbelievable thrill." Fresh from an upset victory in the Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park, Sinister G will carry the Toscano banner into the Wood Memorial.
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