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November 20, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first time John Henry ran on grass, after winning three of 18 starts on dirt, he won by 14 lengths. What followed was a mostly grass career that produced four Eclipse Awards for turf and a grass record of 30 victories and $5.2 million in purses. Lure struggled on dirt at the start of his career. Introduced to grass at Belmont Park, the same track where John Henry had made his turf debut 14 years before, Lure won by 10 1/4 lengths and went on to win the Breeders' Cup Mile in 1992 and '93.
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November 20, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first time John Henry ran on grass, after winning three of 18 starts on dirt, he won by 14 lengths. What followed was a mostly grass career that produced four Eclipse Awards for turf and a grass record of 30 victories and $5.2 million in purses. Lure struggled on dirt at the start of his career. Introduced to grass at Belmont Park, the same track where John Henry had made his turf debut 14 years before, Lure won by 10 1/4 lengths and went on to win the Breeders' Cup Mile in 1992 and '93.
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May 23, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wayne Lukas went out to celebrate Saturday night after his Tabasco Cat won the Preakness--all the way to a park bench 10 yards from the barn, where the trainer and a groom dined on fried chicken, french fries and chocolate milkshakes that Lukas had brought back to Pimlico from a nearby fast-food outlet. A workaholic, Lukas, 58, has little in his life besides his family and racing. His wife, Shari, brings rented movies home, but her husband seldom watches without falling asleep.
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August 20, 1994 | Washington Post
Today's confrontation between Holy Bull and Tabasco Cat has most of the elements of great drama. They will face each other in a historic race, the Travers Stakes, before a crowd of more than 40,000 at Saratoga. The 3-year-old championship will be at stake and the horse-of-the-year title might be on the line too. Only one ingredient is missing: suspense. There is no doubt which of the two is the better horse. Holy Bull is--by many lengths.
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June 12, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With an eighth of a mile to go in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, Go For Gin and his jockey, Chris McCarron, appeared on their way to a repeat of their victory in the Kentucky Derby five weeks before. McCarron, who had Go For Gin far off the fence, looked to his left to see who might be challenging from the inside. But the trouble wasn't to McCarron's left, it was on the outside where Tabasco Cat was getting a patient ride from Pat Day.
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May 22, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The horse that almost killed his son in December lifted trainer Wayne Lukas from his lowest on-track moment to his highest Saturday. Tabasco Cat, who kicked like a bronco when Lukas tried to saddle him, saved his biggest kick of all for the stretch run of the 119th Preakness, defeating Kentucky Derby winner Go For Gin in the final eighth of a mile for a three-quarter-length victory before a Pimlico crowd of 86,343.
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June 13, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Want a little salad, big boy?" With that, trainer Wayne Lukas and one of his grooms, holding a lead shank on each side, took a freshly groomed Tabasco Cat from the barn to a large, nearby grazing area at Belmont Park. If there's anything that Tabasco Cat does better than out-kick Go For Gin in the stretch of Triple Crown races, it's eat grass.
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August 20, 1994 | Washington Post
Today's confrontation between Holy Bull and Tabasco Cat has most of the elements of great drama. They will face each other in a historic race, the Travers Stakes, before a crowd of more than 40,000 at Saratoga. The 3-year-old championship will be at stake and the horse-of-the-year title might be on the line too. Only one ingredient is missing: suspense. There is no doubt which of the two is the better horse. Holy Bull is--by many lengths.
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March 6, 2005 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Outside Gulfstream Park, Host hasn't exactly been a win machine for John Kimmel, who trains the 5-year-old Tabasco Cat horse for a partnership. The chestnut has two victories in 16 starts. On the Gulfstream Park turf course, Host has been a powerhouse. He has won all three there, including an 11-1 upset in the Mac Diarmida Handicap on Jan. 30. Host will try to remain perfect when he takes on 10 others in today's $250,000 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap, a Grade I at 1 3/8 miles.
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January 31, 2005 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Pine Tree Lane, Past Forgetting and Chop House remain the only female horses to win the Santa Monica Handicap two years in a row. With a chance to join the select group, Island Fashion, who beat Buffythecenterfold and four others in the Grade I a year ago, had to settle for second as the 3-2 favorite Sunday at Santa Anita Park. Salt Champ, a 5-1 shot making her U.S.
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June 13, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Want a little salad, big boy?" With that, trainer Wayne Lukas and one of his grooms, holding a lead shank on each side, took a freshly groomed Tabasco Cat from the barn to a large, nearby grazing area at Belmont Park. If there's anything that Tabasco Cat does better than out-kick Go For Gin in the stretch of Triple Crown races, it's eat grass.
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June 12, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With an eighth of a mile to go in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, Go For Gin and his jockey, Chris McCarron, appeared on their way to a repeat of their victory in the Kentucky Derby five weeks before. McCarron, who had Go For Gin far off the fence, looked to his left to see who might be challenging from the inside. But the trouble wasn't to McCarron's left, it was on the outside where Tabasco Cat was getting a patient ride from Pat Day.
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May 23, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wayne Lukas went out to celebrate Saturday night after his Tabasco Cat won the Preakness--all the way to a park bench 10 yards from the barn, where the trainer and a groom dined on fried chicken, french fries and chocolate milkshakes that Lukas had brought back to Pimlico from a nearby fast-food outlet. A workaholic, Lukas, 58, has little in his life besides his family and racing. His wife, Shari, brings rented movies home, but her husband seldom watches without falling asleep.
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May 22, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The horse that almost killed his son in December lifted trainer Wayne Lukas from his lowest on-track moment to his highest Saturday. Tabasco Cat, who kicked like a bronco when Lukas tried to saddle him, saved his biggest kick of all for the stretch run of the 119th Preakness, defeating Kentucky Derby winner Go For Gin in the final eighth of a mile for a three-quarter-length victory before a Pimlico crowd of 86,343.
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May 6, 1994 | ALLAN MALAMUD
Charlie Whittingham, the wit, summed up his contributions to the training career of a protege. . . . "I taught you everything you know," he told Rodney Rash. "But not everything I know." . . . Rash, 34, worked for Whittingham, 81, for 15 years and was his top assistant when the Bald Eagle saddled Ferdinand and Sunday Silence for victories in the Kentucky Derby. . . . Saturday, they will be rivals, Rash's Powis Castle matched against Whittingham's Strodes Creek and 13 others. . . .
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