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Friday, April 24, 1998 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Horses In Sports

Silver Charm: Last year's Kentucky Derby winner and 3-year-old champion will return to Churchill Downs during Derby week.

He will make a special appearance at the track April 30. Silver Charm will be taken to the Churchill Downs paddock between the fourth and fifth races, then parade briefly after the fifth race in front of the clubhouse and grandstand.

"It will be great for the fans in Louisville and Kentucky who love Silver Charm so much," said trainer Bob Baffert. "Most of those people don't get a chance to come to the backside to watch him gallop and train in the mornings, and the afternoon visit to the paddock will give them a chance to get a close-up look at a really special horse and a winner of the Kentucky Derby."

Tulsy Tsan: The name of this racehorse landed her owners in trouble in Wellington, New Zealand. Just hours before she was to race, the filly was withdrawn.

The reason? Racing authorities discovered to their horror the name spelled backward could be offensive, The Evening Post reported.

She was renamed Ben Again and returned to the track in a trial race.

New Zealand Conference spokesman Tim Aldridge said the risque naming of horses was nothing new.

"We often have to seek help from the German or French language departments of Victoria University to clarify the meaning or pronunciation of names," he told the paper.

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