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June 13, 1986 | By Jane Cope, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
March 16, 1988 | By Rebecca Barnard, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
September 30, 1989 | By Donna St. George, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 2, 1986 | By Jane Cope, Special to The Inquirer
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.
SPORTS
May 4, 2012 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 28, 1993 | By Jay Searcy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
October 29, 1992 | By Jennifer Reid Holman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
July 6, 2016 | By Erin Serpico, Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2005 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
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)
SPORTS
May 4, 2011 | By DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
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.
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July 6, 2016 | By Erin Serpico, Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
May 10, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Staff Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - It was 100 minutes after Nyquist had crossed the Kentucky Derby finish line alone when the lights went out in the Derby museum Saturday night, Doug O'Neill put his right arm around wife, Linette, and everybody in the crowd looked up at the 360-degree screen to watch The Greatest Race. This was the wonderful Day at the Derby film re-imagined from darkness to light and back to darkness with fresh video from the 2015 Derby interspersed with highlights of the original film.
NEWS
November 2, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anthony DeFrancesco III fell in love with horse racing shortly before America began to fall out of love with it, when places such as Liberty Bell Park in Northeast Philadelphia still drew a Saturday night crowd. At 15 - two years before Liberty Bell closed in 1986 - DeFrancesco dropped out of junior high school to become a groom. His first horse was Blue Steel, a standardbred he cleaned, fed, and jogged. "It's my passion. It's what I do," DeFrancesco said last week in the stables of Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester.
SPORTS
June 5, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Columnist
WINNING A single Triple Crown race for a horse trainer is just like winning any golf major or any championship in any team sport. No matter what else happens in a career, only one trophy in horse racing's marquee series is a forever moment. Bob Baffert has won 11 Triple Crown races since 1997 - the Kentucky Derby four times, the Preakness six times, the Belmont Stakes once. To put in perspective how dominant Baffert's stable has been since Silver Charm won the '97 Derby, consider that he has won nearly 20 percent of all Triple Crown races since then (11 of 56)
SPORTS
October 29, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
IT WAS JULY 19, 2013, Rusty Carrier's 57th birthday. Doing exactly what any former horse trainer should be doing, he was watching the first race from Saratoga at his Castleton, Va., farm when, suddenly, this gigantic horse, with these amazingly long strides, just appeared. "You couldn't even see him on the screen," Carrier said last Thursday by phone. "All of a sudden, this huge stride went flying by everything to win. I said, 'Oh, my God, what is that?' " That was Hardest Core, a son of Pennsylvania-bred Hard Spun, the 2007 Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up out of the mare Lillybuster, a daughter of Bob Levy's racing Hall of Famer, Housebuster.
SPORTS
August 21, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
RAINY WEATHER left Sergio Garcia stuck in Greensboro, N.C., for an extra day. Turns out, it was worth the hassle - he left with his first PGA Tour victory in 4 years. Garcia claimed a two-stroke win Monday in the water-logged Wyndham Championship for his first victory on tour since the 2008 Players Championship. He finished with a 66 to wind up at 18-under-par 262, claim $936,000 in prize money and close in on a spot on the European Ryder Cup team. Tim Clark was at 16-under following his 67 in the final tour event before the playoffs.
SPORTS
June 5, 2012 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
THERE IS LITTLE middle ground on drugs in horse racing or Doug O'Neill, the man who trains the horse that won the first two-thirds of the Triple Crown. In a perfect world, there would be no drugs, legal or illegal, in horse racing and O'Neill would have a spotless record. It is not a perfect world. So is O'Neill, the trainer of I'll Have Another, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, a man who has gone from the bottom of the sport to the top by hard work or by living on the edge?
SPORTS
May 4, 2012 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
May 3, 2012 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
ALMOST AS soon as horse trainer Tony Dutrow bought the filly for $95,000 in 2010, his wife Kim knew the name. She could only be Grace Hall. One of her owners was Mike Caruso, the three-time NCAA champion Lehigh wrestler from the mid-1960s, a man whose high school and college record was 141-1. Then as now, the Lehigh wrestling venue was intimidating Grace Hall, named after Eugene Grace, the president of Bethlehem Steel and a great Lehigh baseball player. "I've lived in Bethlehem the last 50 years since I came to Lehigh," said Caruso, who went to St. Benedict's in Newark, N. J. He was on the Lehigh Board of Trustees for 14 years.
SPORTS
May 2, 2012 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
Almost as soon as horse trainer Tony Dutrow bought the filly for $95,000 in 2010, his wife Kim knew the name. She could only be Grace Hall. One of her owners was Mike Caruso, the three-time NCAA champion Lehigh wrestler from the mid-1960s, a man whose high school and college record was 141-1. Then as now, the Lehigh wrestling venue was intimidating Grace Hall, named after Eugene Grace, the president of Bethlehem Steel and a great Lehigh baseball player. "I've lived in Bethlehem the last 50 years since I came to Lehigh," said Caruso, who went to St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J. He was on the Lehigh board of trustees for 14 years.
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