07/15/2016 11:46AM

Hogy getting long in tooth but still fast on feet

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Even as the purse strings tightened on the Chicago racing circuit and the pace of claiming slowed, horsemen who wanted to drop, say, a struggling stakes horse into a high-end claiming race still had to fear losing an animal they wished to keep to one owner – William Stiritz. Stiritz, who for years has run one of the more successful racing operations in the Midwest, never was shy about dropping a claim on the right horse for $50,000 or even higher.

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