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October 30, 1995 | By Arlene J. Newman, FOR THE INQUIRER
Bruce Davidson finished fifth yesterday in the Fair Hill International Three-Day Event, and he is likely to finish the year on top of the world equestrian standings for three-day events. Davidson, from Unionville, placed fifth on Trans Am A Flirt and eighth on Happy Talk, giving him a strong lead in the world three-day event rider rankings. His successful year has included winning the individual gold medal and the team silver medal at the Pan-American Games and winning the most challenging three-day event in the world in Badminton, England.
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October 27, 1997 | By Arlene J. Newman, FOR THE INQUIRER
After an impressive performance in the USET National Fall Three Day Event Championship, Olympic veteran David O'Connor knows the two horses he competed on have little to prove at the advanced level of the sport. That's why, after nailing down the top two placings in the three-star competition, O'Connor is looking forward to a first in the United States - a four-star event. That would be next spring's Kentucky International Three Day Event in Lexington. "I think it will be a great thing for the sport in this country," O'Connor said of an event that will be equivalent to Olympic competition.
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August 9, 1999 | By Marc Schogol and Susan Weidener, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Police were scouring an area near the Pennsylvania-Maryland border yesterday after two women saw a man resembling a photograph of escaped murderer Norman Johnston that they had just seen in a local newspaper. The women, who were at a fruit stand, called 911 shortly after 12:30 p.m., but the man, who had been sitting on a guardrail at the intersection of Routes 273 and 213, apparently saw them making the call. By the time police arrived 10 minutes later, Johnston was gone. Police from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware immediately began an intensive search, using helicopters and tracking dogs.
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September 18, 1986 | By Don Clippinger, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flatterer, the three-time American steeplechase champion, and the French jumper Gacko head a list of 45 nominees to the $250,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase. The race, the richest ever over fences, will be held Nov. 1 at the Fair Hill Race Course in Cecil County, Md. Fair Hill, just over the border from Chester County, Pa., is the only American steeplechase course with parimutuel betting. Nominations to the first Breeders' Cup jump race closed earlier this week. Flatterer, trained and partly owned by Jonathan Sheppard, is the richest American steeplechaser ever, with more than $350,000 earnings over fences.
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October 29, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
FAIR HILL, Md. - William L. Pape's Flatterer drew the outside post position as 10 of the world's finest steeplechasers were entered yesterday for the $250,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase at Fair Hill on Saturday. The 8-year-old Mo Bay gelding, who has won every major chasing prize in America and who campaigned in France and in England in their premier hurdle events, missed the inaugural running of this race last season with a muscle spasm just hours prior to post for the 2 5/8-mile event.
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October 31, 1988 | Special to The Inquirer / EILEEN RYAN
The Chesterland Three-Day Event, begun in 1976, has consistently attracted the world's top riders, plus thousands of spectators, to the Bruce Davidson farm. This weekend was the finale for the event in Unionville - next year it moves to Fair Hill, Md. Three-day eventing, considered the ultimate test of horse and rider, was originated as a military challenge for cavalry, and its three components - dressage, cross-country jumping and stadium jumping - simulate the demands on soldiers and horses performing on a parade ground, riding over rough terrain and exhibiting a high degree of fitness and fast recovery by completing a stadium jumping course.
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October 12, 1998 | By Arlene J. Newman, FOR THE INQUIRER
With his win at yesterday's Radnor International Three-Day Event, David O'Connor added another title to his list of achievements. And he also finished second. O'Connor, of The Plains, Va., rode two horses - Rattle & Hum and Ocotillo - to the top two placings in the intermediate division and captured the national intermediate three-day event championship. He had a rail down in the stadium jumping phase aboard Rattle & Hum, and three rails down on Ocotillo, but that was not enough to cost him the victory.
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April 10, 1987 | By DICK JERARDI, Daily News Sports Writer
Clemanna's Rose and Seriously, first and second in last month's Haddonfield Handicap, are among 11 fillies and mares entered in tomorrow's Betsy Ross Handicap at Garden State. Nine of the entrants are coming from out of town - five from New York and four from Maryland - for the $50,000 (plus $20,000 in Breeders' Cup money) race at 1 1/16 miles. The four trainers coming from Maryland are among the best in the Free State. King Leatherbury, who leads the standings in Maryland every year, will saddle Catatonic, already a two-time stakes winner this year.
NEWS
February 15, 2008 | By Nancy Petersen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A $31 million land deal is in the works that could turn one of the largest privately owned properties in Chester County into a public playground. Stretching for two miles along the Maryland border, it encompasses 1,718 acres, and was assembled during the last half-century by descendants of the founder of Campbell Soup, the late George Strawbridge Sr. and his son, George Strawbridge Jr. If the deal is successful, the land stretching across parts of Franklin, Elk and New London Townships will be purchased with county, state and private funds.
NEWS
March 13, 1988 | By Shelly Phillips, Special to The Inquirer
There will be just one more Chesterland International Three-Day Event on the Unionville grounds. After the last Chesterland in October, the prestigious event will leave its original location at Bruce Davidson's Chesterland farm off Route 82 in Chester County's horse country for its new home at Fair Hill, about 12 miles south over the county line in Maryland. The three-day event, which began in 1975, draws more than 15,000 spectators to the rolling hills of southern Chester County.
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July 26, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LAST FALL, Monmouth Park was used as a shelter/command post after Superstorm Sandy devastated the New Jersey coastline. The main track building, just 2 miles west of the Atlantic Ocean, did not suffer any serious damage, but nine barns on the backstretch did have to be replaced. Approximately 1,000 displaced local residents stayed in the grandstand while 2,000 more lived for a time in tents located in the parking lot. Sunday, the track will be very much alive when the $1 million Haskell Invitational, the track's signature race, is run, the 13th of 14 races on a card that will begin at noon.
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June 10, 2012 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
ELMONT, N.Y. - It wasn't much of a hole for Union Rags to navigate, little more than a slip of light between the rail and Paynter, a speed horse that was threatening to steal away with the Belmont Stakes on Saturday evening. On another day, in another race, with luck that didn't hold quite as well, there wouldn't have been enough room for jockey John Velazquez to urge Union Rags from the shadow of his previous two races and into the winner's circle at last. Union Rags has experienced those days in what had been a disappointing racing season, but this time he got through, and this time, there's no longer a reason to question whether it was more than just bad racing fortune that held him back before.
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May 22, 2012 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
ELKTON, Md. — Sometime around 10 a.m. Sunday, a horse van carrying Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another north on I-95 to Belmont Park, passed about 10 miles east of the Fair Hill (Md.) Training Center. The horse that will be going for the Triple Crown on June 9 in the Belmont Stakes was on his way to get familiar with the surface they call "Big Sandy. " Meanwhile, the horse whose trainer thought might be going for the Triple Crown was hanging in his Fair Hill stall.
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May 21, 2012 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
ELKTON, Md. - About 10 a.m. Sunday, a horse van carrying Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another north on I-95 to Belmont Park passed about 10 miles east of the Fair Hill (Md.) Training Center. The horse that will be going for the Triple Crown on June 9 in the Belmont Stakes was on his way to get familiar with the surface they call "Big Sandy. " Meanwhile, the horse whose trainer thought he might be going for the Triple Crown was in his Fair Hill stall. Union Rags is quietly getting ready, away from the madness that is sure to envelop I'll Have Another and his connections in the coming days.
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May 18, 2012 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer
] ELKTON, Md. - Michael Matz entered a horse in the Preakness Wednesday. It just wasn't the horse he had been thinking for months he would be running in Saturday's race at Pimlico. If you had just dropped by Matz' barn at the Fair Hill Training Center Wednesday morning with no context, it all looked so routine. Sets of horses came off the track as the next group was readied for the track. Some horses walked the shed row. Others were outside getting cleaned up. After the outside work was done, Matz took to the phone to call racing offices to enter horses for weekend races.
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May 8, 2012 | Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It was shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday, barely 12 hours after a Kentucky Derby that had been 6 months in the planning went very wrong in less than a second. Michael Matz was walking a horse named Welcome Dance around the Barn 42 shedrow, passing a sedate Union Rags, peering out from his stall. As he rounded the corner, Matz called back over his shoulder: "We did everything we wanted except the last 2 minutes and that was the part we couldn't help. " In horse racing, you can be prepared, organized and make rational decisions.
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December 6, 2010 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Louisa N. Plummer, 78, an expert horsewoman who spent her life in Chester County and lived on a farm in West Bradford Township, died of complications from ovarian cancer Monday, Nov. 22, at the Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester. Born in Berwyn, Mrs. Plummer grew up in a prominent family in Devon. Her father, Thomas R. Neilson Jr., was an insurance executive; she told friends that he had stressed the importance of tending farm animals and pets. As a child, all she wanted to do was ride.
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October 12, 2009 | By Virginia A. Smith INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
These days, you might do a double take walking through Fair Hill Burial Ground, in the heart of what used to be known as "the badlands" of North Philly. This is a cemetery? This is "the badlands"? Yes, ironically, this is a cemetery that's been brought back from the dead, transformed over the last decade with nonprofit help and more than $1 million into a vibrant, beautiful green space for the living. And yes, in the 1980s and '90s, this historic Quaker burial ground - a resting place of famous abolitionists and suffragettes - was a pocket of degradation in a larger hell known as "the badlands.
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February 15, 2008 | By Nancy Petersen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A $31 million land deal is in the works that could turn one of the largest privately owned properties in Chester County into a public playground. Stretching for two miles along the Maryland border, it encompasses 1,718 acres, and was assembled during the last half-century by descendants of the founder of Campbell Soup, the late George Strawbridge Sr. and his son, George Strawbridge Jr. If the deal is successful, the land stretching across parts of Franklin, Elk and New London Townships will be purchased with county, state and private funds.
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December 11, 2007 | By DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
Breeders' Cup officials apparently liked the idea of the three new races on Friday so much that they decided to double it for the next Cup on Oct. 24-25 at Saint Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. So, there will be six races on Friday and eight on Saturday with total purses of $25.5 million. The new races are a $1 million Turf Sprint for 3-year-olds and up at 6 1/2 furlongs, a $1 million grass race for 2-year-old fillies at 1 mile and a $500,000 Dirt Marathon for 3-year-olds and up at a mile and a half.
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