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June 6, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Kent Desormeaux chased--and eventually broke--Chris McCarron's record by winning 598 races in 1989, he rode frequently at Belmont Park. Based in Maryland, Desormeaux, only 19, went everywhere in the interest of piling up wins, and almost every Monday and Tuesday he found himself in action at Belmont.
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August 20, 1999 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A week after a ligament injury ended the career of Victory Gallop, Real Quiet has been sidelined by a crack in his right foreleg. The 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will be sidelined for at least three months, and then a determination probably will be made whether to retire him or race him as a 5-year-old in 2000. Scheduled to make his next start here in the $1-million Pacific Classic on Aug.
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June 5, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Barry Irwin is convinced there's going to be no Triple Crown sweep by Real Quiet. "We're going to shock the world Saturday," Irwin said Thursday after 13 horses were entered for the 130th Belmont Stakes. Trainer Bob Baffert, whose Real Quiet has won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, has stopped short of predicting victory for his colt, but Irwin, one of the owners of the 30-1 shot Thomas Jo, is predicting a win. Thomas Jo is not one of the horses Baffert feels Real Quiet has to beat.
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June 28, 1999 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With an eighth of a mile to run in Sunday's $1-million Sempra Energy Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park, Mike Pegram--the owner of 9-10 favorite Real Quiet--was hardly a fan of jockey Jerry Bailey. "I wasn't a happy camper," said Pegram, questioning the riding tactics of Bailey at that point.
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May 4, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The breeder of the latest Kentucky Derby winner stopped by the colt's barn at Churchill Downs Sunday morning, and trainer Bob Baffert learned something about Real Quiet that might have prevented him from buying the horse. Baffert, who paid $17,000 to buy Real Quiet for his long-time client Mike Pegram in 1996, found out a few days before Saturday's Derby that some surgery had been done on the crooked-legged colt when he was a young horse.
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May 31, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Real Quiet wins the $1-million Belmont Stakes this Saturday in New York, his take-home pay would be $5.6 million--$600,000 for the winning purse and a $5-million bonus for sweeping the Triple Crown series. That would break a record for one day at the races. The most ever earned by a horse was the $2.6 million earned in 1985 by Spend A Buck, whose $600,000 win in the Jersey Derby was sweetened by Garden State Park's four-race bonus worth $2 million.
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May 31, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE
Real Quiet will go five furlongs Tuesday at Churchill Downs in his final workout for Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Trainer Bob Baffert said that Real Quiet will be flown to New York Wednesday, arriving at his barn at Belmont Park by mid-morning. Dispelling rumors that he wasn't doing well after winning the Preakness, Real Quiet worked five furlongs Thursday in a sharp 59 4/5 seconds. "That's the Real Quiet I know," Baffert said.
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August 20, 1999 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A week after a ligament injury ended the career of Victory Gallop, Real Quiet has been sidelined by a crack in his right foreleg. The 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will be sidelined for at least three months, and then a determination probably will be made whether to retire him or race him as a 5-year-old in 2000. Scheduled to make his next start here in the $1-million Pacific Classic on Aug.
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May 3, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The day that trainer Bob Baffert bought Real Quiet out of a Keeneland yearling sale, he and the horse's new owner, Mike Pegram, sat down to discuss their nine purchases. "What did you get me?" Pegram asked. "I got you one horse that's really beautiful," Baffert said. Pegram thumbed through his sales catalog to find Real Quiet's pedigree. "What did you pay for him?" he asked. "$17,000," Baffert said. "Does he have cancer?" Pegram said. Racing really is a crazy game.
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May 21, 1998 | BOB MIESZERSKI
With victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness preceded by a second-place finish in the Santa Anita Derby, Silver Charm and Real Quiet have similar resumes. Real Quiet's wins in the first two legs of the Triple Crown have come more easily than they did for his gray stablemate, but the competition--especially in the Preakness last Saturday--hasn't been nearly as stiff. There is no 3-year-old around now who compares to Captain Bodgit or Free House.
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May 9, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a track where the colt, the trainer and the jockey have been immensely successful, Real Quiet, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Gary Stevens, edged Free House by a neck Saturday to win the $500,000 Pimlico Special in Baltimore. Baffert can only hope he does as well next Saturday at Pimlico, where he will try to win the Preakness for the third year in a row.
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May 8, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Real Quiet had one of his biggest days at Pimlico, the Baltimore track where Free House suffered his most heartbreaking defeat. Today these survivors of different Triple Crown wars square off for the first time, and what better place than Maryland, where they're the favorites--Free House at 6-5 and Real Quiet 8-5--in the $500,000 Pimlico Special.
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June 7, 1998 | RANDY HARVEY
From his vantage point in the box seats Saturday at Belmont Park, Bob Baffert saw Victory Gallop charging down the stretch a short time before Kent Desormeaux did and a long time before Real Quiet did. "No," Baffert cried. "No, no, no, no." An eternity later, while waiting for the stewards to study the photo and declare a winner in the Belmont Stakes, the trainer tried to console his young daughter, whispering hopefully in her ear, "We got it. Yeah, we got it." He was right the first time.
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June 7, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Victory Gallop was a young horse, one of his playful games was to knock out every lightbulb that was put in his stall. "He just kept doing it," said his former trainer, Mary Eppler. "Finally we just didn't put any more bulbs in there." The Canadian-bred colt was up to his old tricks Saturday. He turned out the lights on another Triple Crown bid by trainer Bob Baffert, beating Real Quiet by a head bob in the $1-million Belmont Stakes.
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June 6, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Kent Desormeaux chased--and eventually broke--Chris McCarron's record by winning 598 races in 1989, he rode frequently at Belmont Park. Based in Maryland, Desormeaux, only 19, went everywhere in the interest of piling up wins, and almost every Monday and Tuesday he found himself in action at Belmont.
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June 5, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Barry Irwin is convinced there's going to be no Triple Crown sweep by Real Quiet. "We're going to shock the world Saturday," Irwin said Thursday after 13 horses were entered for the 130th Belmont Stakes. Trainer Bob Baffert, whose Real Quiet has won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, has stopped short of predicting victory for his colt, but Irwin, one of the owners of the 30-1 shot Thomas Jo, is predicting a win. Thomas Jo is not one of the horses Baffert feels Real Quiet has to beat.
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May 9, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a track where the colt, the trainer and the jockey have been immensely successful, Real Quiet, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Gary Stevens, edged Free House by a neck Saturday to win the $500,000 Pimlico Special in Baltimore. Baffert can only hope he does as well next Saturday at Pimlico, where he will try to win the Preakness for the third year in a row.
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May 17, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The massive power outage that crippled Pimlico Race Course for hours Saturday didn't mean a watt to Real Quiet. Making a move on the far turn that impressed jockey Kent Desormeaux more than his winning burst in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, the lightly regarded, much-derided colt added the Preakness to his treasure chest with a 2 1/4-length victory and put his trainer, Bob Baffert, in position again to sweep the Triple Crown.
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June 4, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Real Quiet continued his jet-setting Wednesday with a 90-minute flight from Louisville, Ky., and a police-escorted ride from JFK Airport to Belmont for Saturday's Belmont Stakes. At the invitation of Mike Pegram, who owns Real Quiet, Kent Desormeaux made his first plane trip with a horse Wednesday, and a little later, at the barn where the Derby-Preakness winner is stabled, the 28-year-old jockey all but predicted a win Saturday and a Triple Crown sweep.
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June 1, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Karen and Mickey Taylor, the owners of Seattle Slew, the last hours leading to the 1977 Belmont Stakes seemed longer than the three weeks that had gone before. "It started raining the morning of the race and it never stopped," Karen Taylor said. She and her husband suddenly had doubts about Seattle Slew, who had never failed them and their partners, Jim and Sally Hill, winning all eight of his races.
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