June 13, 1986 |
Burton Sipp, once one of the nation's most successful horse trainers, pleaded guilty yesterday in Burlington County Superior Court to charges of witness-tampering. Sipp, 42, of Springfield Township, Burlington County, admitted that he tried to prevent a witness from testifying that the horse trainer had committed insurance fraud. In exchange for the plea, charges were dropped that had accused of Sipp of inflating the value of racehorses, which died mysteriously, to collect insurance money.
March 16, 1988 |
Jack Smith Sr., 66, a widely known harness racer and horse trainer whose career spanned five decades, died of a heart attack Sunday at Zurbrugg Memorial Hospitals, Rancocas Valley Division, Willingboro. Mr. Smith, who lived all his life on Walnut Farm in Florence, began racing when he was 16. His father, Florence butcher John R. Smith, allowed him to drop out of high school to handle his small stable and to race. While still a teenager, Mr. Smith raced on the popular Trenton, Allentown and Bloomsburg fair circuit.
September 30, 1989 |
Dennis "Goose" Heimer, 43, the all-time leading trainer at Philadelphia Park who ranked among the area's best during his two decades of racing, died Thursday night at his home in Pennington, N.J., north of Trenton, apparently after a heart attack. Remembered as a sharp, straight-talking, unpretentious leader in the Philadelphia-area racing circuit, Mr. Heimer racked up 767 victories at Philadelphia Park, the highest number of overall victories in its history. He also accumulated the largest number of stakes victories, at 57. He won six training titles.
August 2, 1986 |
Burton Sipp, exotic-animal keeper and once one of the nation's most successful horse trainers, was sentenced to five years of probation and fined $7,500 yesterday in Burlington County Superior Court for witness tampering. Sipp, 42, of Springfield Township, Burlington County, stood silently in the Mount Holly courtroom as Judge Cornelius P. Sullivan pronounced sentence. Sipp must pay the fine, the maximum amount under law, by Aug. 15. In June, as part of a plea agreement, Sipp admitted that he tried to prevent a witness from testifying that the horse trainer had committed insurance fraud.
May 4, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It was a Monday morning in Dubai, a few hours before dawn. In New Mexico, it was still Sunday afternoon and one of Bob Baffert's horses had just won the Sunland Oaks. Congratulatory texts woke him so he decided to check out one of his horses in the Sunland Derby. He fired up a laptop to watch online. Baffert, 59, was feeling something in his chest he knew he was not supposed to be feeling. If he was alone, he feels certain he would have been in denial and just ignored the chest pain.
July 28, 1993 |
Burton K. Sipp's violations of the rules of horse racing over the years fill a single-spaced computer printout sheet four feet long. His penalties range from a $25 fine for failing to properly dispose of manure to a worldwide ban on racing horses or even attending racetracks, imposed in 1984. They include a 60-day suspension for administering a prohibited pain- killing medication to a horse before a race. Other racing citations include entering horses in races they were ineligible to run in; using forged health certificates to run unhealthy horses in races, and failing to maintain up-to- date ownership records.
October 29, 1992 |
Carolyn Marshall, a Cinnaminson horse trainer and riding instructor, thought her plan to rehabilitate the old Barclay Farm equestrian center in Evesham, one of South Jersey's few indoor riding arenas, was an idea the township could not refuse. With a little "spit and polish," Marshall said, the township-owned arena and barns could be opened to the public for riding lessons, boarding and shows. It could be a distinguishing Evesham landmark. Best of all, she said, it could be a moneymaker for the township.
July 6, 2016 |
When Kathleen DeMasi saddled her first horse in 1984 and entered it into a race, her life as a trainer was just beginning. The Maryland native had just gotten her training license. Once the gates opened at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa., the horse, Maryland National, flew by the others and took first place. "I did not think that horse was going to win," said DeMasi, now 53, laughing. "It was pretty exciting. She was a real challenge to get to the races, too. I had to work really hard and think outside of the box. " Now, 8,973 starts and 1,188 wins later, the Mullica Hill resident will be inducted into the Bensalem-based Parx Racing Hall of Fame as an accomplished trainer in September along with four horse-racing colleagues and one horse.
October 21, 2005 |
Dakota Fanning looks tired and worried in Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story. Her appearance could be attributable to the 11-year-old's daunting workload, starring in one pic on top of another opposite Hollywood's A-list - Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, Tom Cruise, Sean Penn - over the last few years. Then again, it could be just the latest example of Fanning's preternatural abilities to emote. In Dreamer, a charming girl-and-her-horse yarn, she plays Cale Crane, the daughter of broke (and broken)
May 4, 2011 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - No female trainer has ever won the Kentucky Derby. No trainer with a replacement heart has ever won the Derby, either. Kathy Ritvo is trying to do both. Three years ago, Ritvo watched the Derby in a critical care unit of a Miami hospital, waiting for a donor. Six months later, after being tethered to machines that kept her heart functioning, Ritvo got her donor, and her new heart took over for the old one that was completely worn out. Ritvo, 41, is at Churchill Downs this week.