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by Richard Hackerman
March 12, 1995
Defending Breeders’ Cup Classic champ Concern, under Mike Smith, teams with entrymate and rabbit Sticks and Bricks to make a victorious return to the races, coming from last and drawing off to win the New Orleans Handicap by three lengths.
Sticks and Bricks, under Jerilyn Brown, set a fast early pace in this grade 3 affair at the Fair Grounds. He tired after three-quarters of a mile but helped to set the stage for the Robert Meyerhoff homebred, who ran 1:49 2/5 for one mile and one eighth. In his next race — and for most of the rest of the season — Concern ran into another Maryland-bred buzzsaw: Cigar.
Trained by Richard Small, Concern was a Maryland-bred son of Broad Brush out of the Grade 1-winning Tunerup mare Fara’s Team. He won seven of 30 career starts, including four graded events, and earned in excess of $3 million. Concern also won the Grade 1 Californian and ran third in the Preakness, the Haskell, and Pimlico Special. He missed by a neck in the Travers to Holy Bull, but ran a fabulous race as it was 17 lengths back to third place finisher Tabasco Cat. Tom Durkin’s call of the 1994 Breeders’ Cup Classic was one of his greatest when he roared “Concern from out of the clouds.”
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