'Weisner' due home after surviving virus

THE BALTIMORE SUN

After surviving a frightening case of West Nile virus, Magic Weisner is expected to return today to his Laurel Park stall. Nancy Alberts, his owner, trainer and breeder, plans on bringing him home this afternoon from the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania.

"Isn't it weird how much I've missed him?" Alberts said yesterday. "It's strange how you can miss a horse this much."

Veterinarians say that Magic Weisner, runner-up in the Preakness, should recover fully and return to racing. Alberts said she'd watch him closely for a few days before deciding when to send him back to the track.

NOTE: Mark Johnston, the Maryland jockey, won two races yesterday at Delaware Park to move within one of 3,000 victories. He is scheduled to ride 13 horses today and tomorrow at Pimlico.

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