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August 14, 1992 | Associated Press
Dale Baird became the first thoroughbred trainer in North America to register 6,000 winners Thursday when Irish Laser galloped to victory in a 5 1/2-furlong race at Mountaineer Park. Baird's horses had $9.5 million in prize money before Thursday night's racing. Irish Laser, a 3-year-old colt, finished in 1:03 3/5 and paid $4, $3.80 and $3. Jack Van Berg of California was the first North American trainer to surpass 5,000 career victories.
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December 25, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Dale Baird, who has more wins -- 9,445 -- than any other trainer in thoroughbred history, died Sunday in a traffic accident in Indiana. He was 72. Baird was traveling west on Interstate 70 when he apparently lost control of his sport utility vehicle that was hauling an empty horse trailer, crossed the median into eastbound traffic and collided with a car carrying two young men, the Daily Reporter of Greenfield, Ind., reported. Baird and the teenagers in the other car died at the scene.
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August 13, 1992
Dale Baird, about to become the first North American horse trainer to post 6,000 victories, figures achieving the milestone will not change his life that much. "I'm just going to get up tomorrow and do the same thing," Baird said. Baird has been doing the same thing for 30 years. The son of an Illinois horse trader learned his craft at county fairs and similar get-togethers, but did not enter the business in earnest until 1960 after a two-year Army stint.
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August 14, 1992 | Associated Press
Dale Baird became the first thoroughbred trainer in North America to register 6,000 winners Thursday when Irish Laser galloped to victory in a 5 1/2-furlong race at Mountaineer Park. Baird's horses had $9.5 million in prize money before Thursday night's racing. Irish Laser, a 3-year-old colt, finished in 1:03 3/5 and paid $4, $3.80 and $3. Jack Van Berg of California was the first North American trainer to surpass 5,000 career victories.
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December 25, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Dale Baird, who has more wins -- 9,445 -- than any other trainer in thoroughbred history, died Sunday in a traffic accident in Indiana. He was 72. Baird was traveling west on Interstate 70 when he apparently lost control of his sport utility vehicle that was hauling an empty horse trailer, crossed the median into eastbound traffic and collided with a car carrying two young men, the Daily Reporter of Greenfield, Ind., reported. Baird and the teenagers in the other car died at the scene.
NEWS
December 27, 2007
Baird obituary: An obituary of thoroughbred trainer Dale Baird in Tuesday's California section said he was survived by his wife, Diane, among other relatives. She is his ex-wife.
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September 6, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE
Zippy Chippy, the hapless gelding who was banned from racing in New York, traveled to Massachusetts and suffered his 86th consecutive loss Sunday, breaking the record for most consecutive losses by a thoroughbred at the start of a career. Zippy Chippy, an 8-year-old, finished a well-beaten third in a $3,000 maiden race at the Northampton Fair. His latest loss broke the record that he had shared with Really A Tenor, who raced in the 1980s, and Gussie May, who ran in the early 1990s.
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March 13, 1991 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four active jockeys--Pat Day, Eddie Delahoussaye, Sandy Hawley and Jacinto Vasquez--and the retired Don Brumfield are on this year's ballot for the Racing Hall of Fame. There are four categories besides jockey, and the deadline for voting by 100 Hall of Fame panelists is April 1. The winners--one in each category--will be announced April 24, and induction ceremonies are scheduled for Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in August. The trainer candidates are Dale Baird, Jimmy Croll, Tom J.
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December 21, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Thoroughbred racing in California will resume today after a short break and a lot of eyes will be focused on the fortunes of trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Long the kingpin in the northern part of the state, Hollendorfer is on the cusp of a milestone. He is two wins shy of 5,000. Only three trainers -- Dale Baird, Jack Van Berg and King Leatherbury -- have reached such heights.
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December 22, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Since the Hollywood CashCall Futurity was first run in 1981, only two jockeys have won the race in successive years. Laffit Pincay Jr. won with River Special in 1992 and Valiant Nature in '93. Alex Solis won on 35-1 longshot Matty G in 1995, then on Swiss Yodeler in '96. Jockey Kent Desormeaux, who is wrapping up a solid year, has a chance to match Pincay and Solis today when he rides Massive Drama in the $750,000 Futurity, the closing-day feature at Hollywood Park.
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August 13, 1992
Dale Baird, about to become the first North American horse trainer to post 6,000 victories, figures achieving the milestone will not change his life that much. "I'm just going to get up tomorrow and do the same thing," Baird said. Baird has been doing the same thing for 30 years. The son of an Illinois horse trader learned his craft at county fairs and similar get-togethers, but did not enter the business in earnest until 1960 after a two-year Army stint.
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December 30, 2007
Some notable sports deaths in 2007: AUTO RACING Bill France Jr., 74; Bobby Hamilton, 49; Benny Parsons, 65. BASEBALL Steve Barber, 67; Hank Bauer, 84; Rod Beck, 38; Clete Boyer, 70; Lew Burdette, 80; Mike Coolbaugh, 35; Shag Crawford, 90; Bing Devine, 90; Art Fowler, 84; Josh Hancock, 29; Joe Kennedy, 28; Bowie Kuhn, 80; Clem Labine, 80; Joe Nuxhall, 79; Phil Rizzuto, 89; Bill Robinson, 64; Vern Ruhle, 55; John Vukovich, 59.
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December 25, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The New York Yankees did accomplish something this year: They lowered their luxury tax for the second consecutive season. The Yankees were hit with a tax bill of $23.88 million by Major League Baseball in a notice sent to teams late Friday, pushing them over the $100-million mark since the penalty for profligate spending was introduced in 2003. The only other club that must pay the competitive-balance tax, as it is formally known, is the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, who owe $6.
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