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119TH PREAKNESS

THE BALTIMORE SUN

1. Tabasco Cat

* Horse: Was sixth in the Kentucky Derby. Finished second in the Santa Anita Derby on April 9. Won the San Rafael Stakes by one length over Powis Castle on March 6. Also won the El Camino Real by one length on Jan. 22. Jockey Pat Day has won three of six starts. Likes to race on the lead.

* Owner: W.T. Young. Young, 77, is a former Army officer and peanut butter manufacturer. His best Preakness entry, Corporate Report, finished second to Hansel two years ago.

* Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas. He won the Preakness in his first start with Codex in 1980. Last year was the first time in 11 years he was not among the top earning trainers in the nation. he finished 10th with earnings of $4,122,153.

* Jockey: Pat Day. Day, 40, is coming off another top 10 performance in purse earnings, with $8,901,194. Has won the Preakness twice (Tank's Prospect in 1985 and Summer Squall in 1990) and has finished below second only once in the past five Preakness races. Last year, Day placed second on Cherokee Run at the Preakness. He has 263 victories in 1,049 mounts for a .250 winning percentage.

* Earnings:

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1994 ... .. 4 .. 2 .. 1 .. 0 .. $299,700

1993 ... .. 6 .. 3 .. 0 .. 1 .. $183,337

Lifetime . 10 .. 5 .. 1 .. 1 .. $483,037 * Horse: Won the Kentucky Derby by two lengths over Strodes Creek in Chris McCarron's first ride. Finished second in the Wood Memorial on April 16 and was fourth in the Florida Derby on March 12. Best when taking the early lead, as displayed in the Derby.

* Owners: William Condren and Joseph Cornacchia. Condren and Cornacchia were partners with B. Giles Brophy in Strike the Gold, who won the Kentucky Derby in 1991 and finished sixth in Preakness. Condren, 60, is a private investor in real estate. Cornacchia, 61, was the publisher of the game Pictionary and printer of Trivial Pursuit.

* Trainer: Nick Zito. Zito, 46, has rode three Preakness starters: Strike the Gold, Agincourt, who finished seventh in 1992, and Too Wild, who finished 11th last year. Since 1973, Zito has owned a public stable that has 20-25 horses in training.

* Jockey: Chris McCarron. McCarron, 39, established himself as one of the nation's premier riders as his 1993 mounts earned $11,631,725, which was fourth among money leaders. He finished 10th in last year's Preakness with Koluctoo Jim Al, but won the year before that with Pine Bluff.

* Earnings:

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1994 ... .. 5 .. 2 .. 2 .. 0 .... $853,800

1993 ... .. 5 .. 3 .. 1 .. 0 .... $174,540

Lifetime . 10 .. 5 .. 3 .. 0 .. $1,028,340 * Horse: Won the Arkansas Derby by a neck over Blumin Affair on April 23. That was the first ride for Gomez. Had a second-place finish in the Rebel Stakes on April 2. Finished third in the Great West Stakes on March 19 and in the Old Rosebud on Feb. 27. Likes to come from behind.

* Owner: Robert E. Meyerhoff. Meyerhoff has been involved in thoroughbred breeding and racing since the 1960s. Owns a construction company near Baltimore and has a civil engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

* Trainer: Richard Small. Small, 48, trained Broad Brush, who had 14 victories in 27 starts over a three-year career. The colt racked up earnings of $2,656,793 with wins in 1986 in the Wood Memorial, Pennsylvania Derby, Ohio Derby and Jim Beam Stakes and 1987 in the Santa Anita Handicap.

* Jockey: Garrett Gomez. Gomez, 22, is one of the nation's finest young jockeys and mostly rides at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. He finished second to Pat Day during the 1992 Oaklawn meeting. In 1993, he won three stakes races at Remington Park

with Loblolly Stable's Marked Tree.

* Earnings:

.. .. .. .. S .. 1 .. 2 .. 3

1994 ... .. 6 .. 2 .. 2 .. 2 .. .. $359,040

1993 ... .. 7 .. 1 .. 2 .. 2 .. ... $25,780

Lifetime . 13 .. 3 .. 4 .. 4 .. .. $384,820 * Horse: Finished third in the Arkansas Derby on April 23 and in the Remington Park Derby on April 9. Ran away with the Great West Stakes by 10 1/2 lengths on March 19, the last of seven straight wins. Likes to race on or near lead.

* Owner: Al J. Horton. Horton, who resides in McAlester, Okla., has been in the thoroughbred breeding and racing business for the past 18 years. He has had several stakes winners, but his best horse is Silver Goblin, who won five consecutive stakes races at Remington Park before finishing third at the Remington Derby.

* Trainer: Kenny Smith. Smith, 41, is Horton's nephew and has been a fixture on the New Mexico circuit for years. He finished third among Remington Park trainers in wins and second in earnings during the 1993 fall meeting.

* Jockey: Dale Cordova. Cordova, 30, is the only jockey to ride Silver Goblin. He is also Remington Park's third-leading rider all-time in races won and money won. Cordova rode Silver Goblin to Horse of the Meeting last year as champion 2-year-old and champion sprinter honors. His father, Tony, and brothers, Bobby and Tony Jr., are jockeys.

* Earnings:

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1994 ... .. 5 .. 3 .. 0 .. 2 .. .. $197,000

1993 ... .. 4 .. 3 .. 1 .. 0 .. .. $181,445

Lifetime .. 9 .. 6 .. 1 .. 2 .. .. $378,445 * Horse: Was eighth in the Kentucky Derby. Finished second in the Jim Beam Stakes on April 2 and finished second to Tabasco Cat in the San Rafael Stakes on March 6. Likes to race near the lead.

* Owner: Berry Gordy. He has made his name in the music business as the founder of Motown Records. He has been involved with thoroughbred racing since 1980, and bought Powis Castle following the colt's victory in a stakes at Turfway Park in December.

* Trainer: Rodney Rash. A native of Frederick, Rash is running his second horse in the Preakness, having saddled Honor Grades to an eighth-place finish three years ago. Rash worked under Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham for 16 years. He won his first Grade I race in the fall of 1992 with Navarone at the Oak Tree Invitational Handicap at Santa Anita.

* Jockey: Brent Bartram. Bartram, 30, is not a household name nationally, but has been successful in the Midwest. He has been the leading rider twice at Turfway. He rode Powis Castle during a three-victory string in the fall and early winter of 1993, prior to the colt's sale to Gordy's Vistas Stable.

* Earnings:

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1994 ... .. 3 .. 0 .. 2 .. 0 .. .. $150,000

1993 ... .. 4 .. 3 .. 1 .. 0 .. ... $79,421

Lifetime .. 7 .. 3 .. 3 .. 0 .. .. $229,421 * Horse: Came on to finish third in the Kentucky Derby. Finished second in the Arkansas Derby on April 23. Was also second in the Remington Park Derby to Smilin Singin Sam on April 9. Jockey Jerry Bailey has been no worse than fourth in

three rides. Comes off the pace.

* Owners: Art Vogel and LeRoy Bowman. Vogel retired after 50 years in the popcorn business, and turned 73 yesterday. Bowman, 37, entered the thoroughbred business seven years ago as an owner and a breeder. He has four horses in his racing stable, which is based in Nebraska.

* Trainer: Jack Van Berg. Van Berg has trained 175 stakes winners, including Alysheba, who won Horse of the Year in 1988. He scored victories in his third and fourth tries with Gate Dancer in 1984 and Alysheba in 1987. He won the Eclipse Award in 1984 as the nation's outstanding trainer.

* Jockey: Jerry Bailey. Bailey, 36, completed the jockey's Triple Crown by winning aboard Sea Hero in the 1993 Kentucky Derby. Bailey won the Preakness and Belmont Stakes with Hansel in 1991. He placed fifth aboard Sea Hero in last year's Preakness. Won Breeders' Cup Classic in 1991 and 1993.

* Earnings:

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1994 ... .. 4 .. 0 .. 2 .. 1 .. .. $233,075

1993 ... .. 5 .. 2 .. 2 .. 0 .. .. $267,080

Lifetime .. 9 .. 2 .. 4 .. 1 .. .. $500,155 * Horse: Finished fourth in the Blue Grass on April 16. On March 19, won the Louisiana Derby by 1 1/2 lengths on Craig Perret's first time on top. Likes to come off the pace. Was scratched from the Derby.

* Owners: Mrs. Carlton Cole, Ronnie Lamarque, Louie Roussel III. Cole is the majority owner in Kandaly, but sold half-interest in the colt on Feb. 28. Lamarque, 48, and Roussel, 48, owned Risen Star, winner of the 1988 Preakness and Belmont Stakes after finishing third in the Kentucky Derby.

* Trainer: Louie Roussel III. Roussel had split time during the years with banking, insurance, training and racetrack management, but now trains full time. A graduate of Loyola of New Orleans law school in 1970, Roussel trains a public stable of 30 horses.

* Jockey: Craig Perret. Perret, 33, has won at the Kentucky

Derby and Belmont Stakes, but a victory at the Preakness has always eluded him. He has finished second in three of his five career starts in the Preakness. He placed third with El Bakan in last year's Preakness. He won the Eclipse Award in 1990 when he tied Jorge Velasquez's record of 57 stakes victories.

* Earnings:

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1994 ... .. 4 .. 2 .. 1 .. 0 .. .. $237,050

1993 ... .. 1 .. 1 .. 0 .. 0 .. .. . $9,000

Lifetime .. 5 .. 3 .. 1 .. 0 .. .. $246,050 * Horse: Finished seventh in the Illinois Derby on a sloppy

track on April 30. Won the Jim Beam Stakes by a neck over Powis Castle on April 2. Tired and finished third in the Southwest Stakes on March 12. Likes to take early lead.

* Owner: James Cody. Cody retired from the computer business founded, Applied Communications Inc., in 1983. Cody has raced in Illinois for many years and has opted for the Illinois Derby over the one in Kentucky for his top gelding. He now lives in Omaha, Neb., and has been involved in racing since the 1960s.

* Trainer: Hugh Robertson. Robertson trains on the Chicago-Arkansas circuit after training for several years at Penn National.

* Jockey: Curt Bourque. Bourque, 27, holds the single-season victory record riding at Delta Downs with 198 during the 1989-90 season. He began riding at Jefferson Downs in 1984 and was the track's leading apprentice that year. His last major stakes win was the 1994 Jim Beam Stakes with Polar Expedition. Bourque's other stakes wins: 1992 Equipoise Mile, 1992 Hawthorne Derby and the 1993 Washington Park Handicap.

* Earnings:

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1994 ... .. 4 .. 2 .. 0 .. 1 .. .. $403,450

1993 ... .. 6 .. 5 .. 0 .. 1 .. .. $295,575

Lifetime . 10 .. 7 .. 0 .. 2 .. .. $699,025 * Horse: Finished second in the Federico Tesio Stakes on April 23, but was disqualified and placed ninth. Won the Private Terms Stakes on April 2. Comes from way behind.

* Owner: Robert E. Meyerhoff. Meyerhoff is a veteran in the owning and breeding business. He has had a long association with Small. Meyerhoff owns Fitzhugh Farm, a thoroughbred nursery near Cockeysville. His brother, Harry, campaigned 1979 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner and 1980 Horse of the Year, Spectacular Bid.

* Trainer: Richard Small. Small, a native of Baltimore, has won at least one stakes race every year for 20 straight years.

* Jockey: Andrea Seefeldt. Seefeldt, 30, a resident of Reisterstown, is one of only four female riders to earn $1 million in purse money in a year. She won the 1991 Pennsylvania Derby, becoming the first woman to win a derby in the United States. She enjoyed her best year in 1993, when she won 10 stakes races and more than $1.3 million in purse money. Only woman to ride in the Pimlico Special, aboard Templar Hill in 1989 and Reputed Testamony in 1993.

* Earnings:

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1994 ... .. 5 .. 4 .. 0 .. 0 .. .. $86,355

1993 ... .. 6 .. 3 .. 0 .. 1 .. .. $37,200

Lifetime . 11 .. 7 .. 0 .. 1 .. . $123,555 * Horse: Won the Derby Trial by two lengths on April 30. Finished fourth in the Santa Anita Derby on April 9. Likes to race close to the lead. Jockey Pat Valenzuela's first time in the saddle.

* Owner: Howard B. Keck. Keck, 81, was the president and chairman of Superior Oil Company before it was sold in 1984. He was the breeder of Ferdinand, who won the Kentucky Derby in 1986.

* Trainer: Charlie Whittingham. Whittingham, 81, has had first-, second-, third- and fourth-place finishers in his four previous Preakness starts. Sunday Silence, who won in 1989, was Whittingham's most recent effort. Has won more than 600 other stakes races, including the Santa Anita Handicap nine times.

* Jockey: Pat Valenzuela. Valenzuela, 31, has a great background with his father and four uncles as former jockeys. He rode Sunday Silence, who was Horse of the Year in 1989. Has had only two Preakness starts -- Sunday Silence, which won five years ago, and Union City, which broke down. He won the Kentucky Derby in 1989 aboard Sunday Silence. Substance abuse problems have hindered his career.

* Earnings:

.. .. .. .. S .. 1 .. 2 .. 3

1994 ... .. 4 .. 1 .. 2 .. 0 .. .. $133,040

1993 ... .. 2 .. 1 .. 0 .. 0 .. ... $17,575

Lifetime .. 6 .. 2 .. 2 .. 0 .. .. $150,615

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