Saturday, October 22 2016

Total Handle on Maryland Million Up 18.5 Percent, Attendance Grows

Saturday Crushes 2014 Handle by 59 Percent
Track Showcases Ongoing Improvements of More than $20 Million
Day Highlighted by Admirals War Chest Victory in Classic

LAUREL, MD – Total handle on Saturday’s 31st Jim McKay Maryland Million was up 18.5 percent over 2015 and a whopping 59.8 percent over 2014.

Saturday’s program had a total handle of $4.476 million compared to $3.778 last year. Total handle in 2014 was $2.801 million.

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Admiral’s War Chest Repeats in Maryland Million Classic

Rockin Jojo Pulls Off 31-1 Upset in Maryland Million Distaff

LAUREL, MD – Sinatra Thoroughbreds Racing LLC’s Admiral’s War Chest became the fifth back-to-back winner of the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic Saturday at Laurel Park with a dominating gate-to-wire triumph in the 1 1/8-mile stakes for Maryland-sired horses.

The 5-year-old gelding won by 3 ½ lengths under Taylor Hole to join Timely Warning (1990-91), Algar (1997-98), Docent (2002-03), and Eighttofasttocatch (2011, 2013-14) as a back-to-back winner of the Maryland Million Day feature.

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Nicaradalic Rocks Pulls Upset in $100,000 Maryland Million Sprint

Popular Multiple Stakes Winner Ben’s Cat Runs Last For Fifth Straight Loss

LAUREL, MD – Even with the vocal support of his loyal fans that welcomed him to the Laurel Park paddock and followed him to the track, popular 26-time winner Ben’s Cat couldn’t deliver a fourth Maryland Million victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Sprint.

Instead it was T D C B E Stable’s Nicaradalic Rocks, making his stakes debut, who overcame some early trouble to wrest the lead from pacesetting favorite Morning Fire in mid-stretch and go on to a one-length victory in the six-furlong dash for Maryland-sired horses 3 and older.

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Phlash Phelps Defends Maryland Million Turf Title

Devilish Love Edges Complete St. in Maryland Million Ladies

LAUREL, MD – Hillwood Stable LLC’s Phlash Phelps overcame a wide trip from his outside post position to defend his title in the $125,000 Maryland Million Turf, prevailing by 1 ¼ lengths while narrowly missing a course record in the mile turf stakes for Maryland-sired horses.

Trained by Rodney Jenkins, the 3-5 favorite ran a mile over a firm Dahlia Turf Course in 1:34.57, not far off Tune of the Spirit’s 2005 record of 1:34.26. The Maryland-bred 5-year-old gelding did surpass his stakes record of 1:35.35, set while winning the 2015 Maryland Million Turf by three-quarters of a length. Victor Carrasco was aboard the son of Great Notion in both Maryland Million scores.

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Goodness Gracious! Greatbullsoffire Wins Maryland Million Nursery

Pacesetter Item Withstands Double Challenge to Capture Lassie

LAUREL, MD – Kathleen Willier’s Greatbullsoffire moved to the lead on the turn into the homestretch, poised to live up to his even-money favoritism in Saturday’s $100,000 Maryland Million Nursery when 69-1 longshot Dancing With Maude swept past him to lead the way into the stretch.

Dancing With Maude opened up by more than a length in mid-stretch, but the favorite wasn’t ready to concede the six-furlong stakes for Maryland-sired 2-year-olds, finding a second wind that caught the eye of Laurel Park announcer Dave Rodman.

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Empire Distaff (NYB) Quotes

John Kimmel, winning trainer of Bar of Gold (No. 1): "We always had a question about her distance capabilities. I got to thinking more and more about it; trying to get this filly off the pace and giving her a chance to settle was always what I've been targeting for her."

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Mohawk (NYB) Quotes

Thomas Morley, winning trainer of Brother O'Connell (No. 5): "I had a feeling he could handle it, but I didn't think I could beat Ralph Nicks' horse [Tapitation, No. 8]. Johnny [Velazquez] gave him an absolute peach of a ride. He never let them get a breather in next to him. On the backside, he gave the horse half a moment just to catch his breath. As soon as Tapitation came to him, I didn't think he'd get by. It's a testament to our horse. He's come a long way this year."

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Friday, October 21 2016

Laurel Jockeys Boyce, Glaser Bring Harness Wins into Maryland Million

Journeymen Riders Capture Sulky-Cycle Challenge Events Thursday
Post Time 12:15 P.M. for Saturday’s 31st Jim McKay Maryland Million Program
Return of Marylandia Highlights ‘Maryland’s Day at the Races’ Festivities

LAUREL, MD – Laurel Park-based jockeys Forest Boyce and Lauralea Glaser tuned up for a busy Maryland Million weekend by winning exhibition harness races in the Sulky-Cycle Challenge as part of Trotoberfest at Rosecroft Raceway.

Boyce and Glaser, along with fellow Laurel jockeys Kevin Gomez and Jevian Toledo, joined harness drivers Russell Foster, Brian Burton, Mark Gray and Jason Thompson in sulky and bicycle events between races during Thursday night’s program.

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Undefeated Three Rules ‘Perfect’ in Work for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Undefeated Three Rules breezed five furlongs in 1:00.10 Friday morning at Gulfstream Park in preparation for a scheduled start in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 5.

Exercise rider Patrick Harris was aboard for the 2-year-old son of Gone Astray’s first timed workout since pulling off a sweep of the 2016 Florida Sire Stakes (FSS) at Gulfstream Oct. 1.

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Empire Showcase Day & Taste NY celebrate New York State at Belmont Park

ELMONT, N.Y. - The spotlight will again shine on the Empire State this Saturday, with eight stakes races worth $1.75 million in purses exclusively for New York-breds, along with a host of fall-themed activities and a special giveaway for Empire Showcase Day.

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Thursday, October 20 2016

Quotes from the $100,000 Sycamore (G3)

Angel Cruz (winning rider of Renown [GB])
On scoring his second graded stakes victory of Keeneland’s Fall Meet following the Darley Alcibiades (G1) on Oct. 7 on Dancing Rags
“I love Keeneland. It’s amazing. It’s beautiful.”

On his victory aboard Renown
“I had a perfect trip. The horse broke a little slow, and I just left him right there and took position. In the far turn, I had so much horse that I went wide and just circled the field.”

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New York-breds shine on Empire Showcase Day

ELMONT, N.Y. - New York-breds will take center stage on Saturday as Belmont Park hosts its annual Empire Showcase Day, featuring a unique 11-race all-state-bred card, including eight stakes races worth a total of $1.75 million in purses and anchored by the $300,000 Empire Classic Handicap.

In addition to the New York-bred racing action, Empire Showcase Day celebrates all things New York, offering an array of Taste NY food and crafts as well as a wide variety of activities that the entire family can enjoy. Gates will open at 10:30 am, with the first race scheduled for 12:25 pm.


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