Thursday, October 20 2016

Renovated and Reinvigorated Laurel Park Welcomes Maryland Million

More than $20 million in Frontside and Backside Improvements
New Technology, Lounge, Bars and Dining Rooms
Video Tour of Facility

LAUREL, MD – The Maryland Jockey Club and Laurel Park await the 31st running of the Jim McKay Maryland Million Saturday, showcasing more than $20 million in improvements to its clubhouse and grandstand, barn area, and world-class turf course.

What was an aging facility two years ago is now an exciting sports and events venue with new technology, dining, bars, lounges and a world-class turf course that has boosted field size and handle.

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Tuesday, October 18 2016

Maryland Million Draw

Maryland Million Draw to be Live Streamed Wednesday on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Lucky Viewer Can Win Apple Watch
Event Begins at 4:30 p.m. from Laurel Park
31st Maryland Million Saturday, Oct. 22

LAUREL, MD – The Maryland Jockey Club will live stream Wednesday’s Maryland Million Happy Hour Draw beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Maryland Jockey Club hosts and racing analysts Gabby Gaudet, Stan Salter and track announcer Dave Rodman will go over the post-position draw, handicap the races, and talk to owners, trainers and jockeys participating in the Maryland Million. To stream the event go to:

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Monday, October 17 2016

Laurel Park Gearing Up for Maryland Million Celebration

185 Nominees to Nine Stakes on Saturday, Oct. 22
Position Draw 4 P.M. Wednesday, Oct. 19 at TIPS Restaurant
Maryland Club in Baltimore Hosting Gala Friday, Oct. 21
Return of Marylandia Highlights Million Day Festivities
New Second Floor Lounge, Box Suites, Ruffian Room and Bar

– Full fields and large crowds are expected when Maryland celebrates more than two and a half centuries of thoroughbred breeding and racing with the 31st annual Jim McKay Maryland Million Saturday, Oct. 22 at Laurel Park.

Nine stakes, led by the $150,000 Classic for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles, are among 11 races that comprise the Maryland Million Day program, four of which will be contested over Laurel’s world-class turf course.

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Monday, September 12 2016

Laurel’s Opening Weekend a Success

Elusive Joni Sneaks Up Rail to Capture Laurel’s Sunday Feature
Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5 Carryovers for Friday’s Nine-Race Program

– The opening weekend of Laurel Park’s fall meet was a success with a 50-percent increase over last year’s opening weekend while racing an additional day.

Total handle on Laurel’s three-day opening weekend was $7 million, compared to last year’s two-day opening of $3.5 million. Laurel’s Saturday program included six stakes and $525,000 in stakes purses.

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Sunday, September 11 2016

Onus Sets Course Record in $150,000 Lady Baltimore Win

Renown Strong as Favorite in $100,000 Turf Cup

– Stuart S. Janney III’s homebred Grade 3 winner Onus kept her perfect local record intact with a record-setting 1 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Lady Baltimore at Laurel Park.

The 45th running of the Lady Baltimore for fillies and mares 3 and up at 1 1/16 miles on the grass was the richest of six stakes worth $575,000 in purses on an 11-race Laurel Turf Festival program.

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Wednesday, August 17 2016

‘Amazing’ Ben’s Cat Going After Seventh Straight Mister Diz Win

10-Year-Old Gelding Can Equal North American Record with Victory

– After all these years, Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury doesn’t even try to search for the right word to describe his stable star, 10-year-old multimillionaire gelding Ben’s Cat.

Instead, the 83-year-old Leatherbury lets others do it for him.

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Wednesday, July 13 2016

Statement from The Stronach Group on Rosecroft Raceway

“We are looking forward to working at Rosecroft Raceway and growing the business. Not only do we see this as an opportunity to expand the Maryland Jockey Club brand to a new market and make it easier for people to watch and wager on our Thoroughbred races, but we’re particularly interested in growing Standardbred racing, which has a long and storied history in Maryland.

“We will begin to upgrade the Rosecroft facility when the sale is finalized in the coming weeks. We appreciate the work of the Maryland Racing Commission.”

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Thursday, December 10 2015

Ben’s Cat To Get Time Off

LAUREL, MD - Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury reported Thursday that his 9-year-old graded-stakes winner Ben's Cat will get the winter off after finishing seventh Nov. 24 in the Fabulous Strike Handicap at Penn National.

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Sunday, November 15 2015

Gentlemen’s Bet Awarded Victory in $350,000 De Francis Memorial Dash

Win Via DQ Highlights $850,000 Fall Festival of Racing Program

– Harry T. Rosenblum’s Gentlemen’s Bet notched a victory in Saturday’s $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash with the assist of a stewards’ decision that resulted in the disqualification of first-place finisher Trouble Kid to second.

Seeking his fifth straight victory since being claimed for $12,500 in July, Trouble Kid found trouble on the backstretch, where the stewards determined that the Ramon Preciado-trained 3-year-old interfered with the eventual second-place finisher while crossing over to take the lead. Trouble Kid went on to post an apparent three-quarters of a length victory in the six-furlong sprint before the inquiry sign was posted and Gentlemen’s Bet’s jockey Daniel Centeno registered an objection.

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Wednesday, November 11 2015

Grade 1 Winner Palace Returns to Maryland for De Francis Dash

$350,000 Event Anchors Six Stakes on Saturday Program
Multiple G3 Winner El Kabeir Faces Eight in $100,000 City of Laurel

LAUREL, MD – Twenty-one months after making his first and only trip to Maryland, Antonino Miuccio’s multiple Grade 1 winner Palace will return to Laurel Park as the headliner in Saturday’s $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash.

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Monday, November 09 2015

$350,000 Frank De Francis Memorial Dash

Private Zone, Palace and Salutos Amigos Lead $350,000 De Francis Nominations
24th De Francis Highlight $850,000 Program Saturday, Nov. 14

LAUREL, MD - Grade 1 winners Private Zone, Palace and Vosburgh runner-up Salutos Amigos lead a group of 27 nominated for the $350,000 Frank De Francis Memorial Dash to be run Saturday, Nov. 14 at Laurel Park.

The 24th running of the six-furlong De Francis highlights a program of six stakes worth $850,000. First race post is 12:05 p.m.

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Sunday, October 18 2015

$125,000 Maryland Million Turf

Phlash Phelps Fights Back to Capture $125,000 Maryland Million Turf

LAUREL, MD -- Phlash Phelps almost pranced into the winner's circle at Laurel Park Saturday afternoon after his victory in the $125,000 John Deere Maryland Million Turf. Despite having to dig in down the stretch of the one-mile race to put away Roadhog, a two-time Turf winner, Phlash didn't break a sweat.

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