Friday, June 14 2019

Laurel Park News & Notes

Doctor Mounty Returns to Favorite Track for $100,000 Prince George’s County
Rubley Seeking ‘Right Spot’ for Multiple Stakes Winner Alwaysmining
Parisian Diva Takes Five-Race Win Streak into $100,000 Alma North
Stakes Winner Scrap Copper Works Friday, Awaits Sophomore Debut

LAUREL, MD – Larry Pratt and Dave Alden’s Doctor Mounty, a multiple Grade 3 winner who has earned four of his seven career victories at Laurel Park, will take a step back from graded company for the first time since last fall in Sunday’s $100,000 Prince George’s County Stakes.

The 1 1/16-mile Prince George’s County for 3-year-olds and up over Laurel’s world-class turf course is the third of four $100,000 stakes on a special Father’s Day program of nine races, starting with a 1:10 p.m. first post. The day also features Cars, Cigars & Barbecue, one of the most unique Father’s Day celebrations in the Mid-Atlantic, from noon to 7 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Doctor Mounty, a 6-year-old son of 2006 champion juvenile and 2007 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Street Sense, earned his first career graded-stakes triumph last fall at Laurel in the Baltimore-Washington International Turf Cup (G3).

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Thursday, June 13 2019

Friday’s Stronach 5 Begins with 4 on the Turf

Free Past Performances, $100,000 Guaranteed Pool

LAUREL, MD – The Stronach 5 will take to the turf Friday with its first four races scheduled on the turf at Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park.
The Stronach 5, with a guaranteed $100,000 pool and industry-low 12-percent takeout, begins at 5:20 p.m. with 11 entered at Laurel in a starter optional claimer at a mile on the turf. The sequence then heads to Gulfstream for a five furlong turf event, Laurel for a 1 1/16 mile claiming event, and then Santa Anita for an allowance optional claimer at five furlongs on the grass. The sequence concludes at Gulfstream with 11 claimers going 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.

Free Stronach 5 past performances

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Sunday, June 09 2019

Graded Winners Abound Among 118 Nominees to June 16 Stakes

Four Stakes Worth $400,000 Open Summer Schedule Worth $1.1 Million
G1 Winners Divisidero, Force the Pass Top $100,000 Prince George’s County

LAUREL, MD – More than a dozen graded-stakes winners, including Grade or Group 1 winners Divisidero, Force the Pass, El Picaro and The Great Day, are among 118 nominations to a quartet of $100,000 stakes to be run Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16 at Laurel Park.

The $100,000 Polynesian for 3-year-olds and up and $100,000 Alma North for 3-year-old fillies, both at seven furlongs, and the $100,000 Prince George’s County for 3-year-olds and up and $100,000 Big Dreyfus for females 3 and older, each at 1 1/16 miles on Laurel’s world-class turf course and new to the calendar, kick off a schedule of 13 stakes worth $1.1 million in purses during the 43-day summer meet.

Gunpowder Farms and Brereton C. Jones’ Divisidero, a two-time Grade 1 winner with more than $1.4 million in career earnings, tops 25 nominees to the Prince George’s County. Based at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md., the 7-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy won the Turf Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs in 2016 and 2017 and last tasted victory in the 2018 Arlington Handicap (G3), trainer Kelly Rubley’s first graded-stakes triumph. Most recently, he finished fourth by 2 ½ lengths in the Muniz Memorial Handicap (G2) March 23 at Fair Grounds.

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Saturday, June 08 2019

G3 Winner Ghost Hunter Record-Setting Winner of Saturday Feature

Sophomore Top Line Growth Breaks One-Mile Dirt Mark in Victory

McCarthy Wins Three; Rainbow 6, Super Hi-5 Carryovers Sunday

LAUREL, MD – Triple K Stables and Jagger Inc.’s Grade 3 winner Ghost Hunter earned the second win of his 9-year-old season in record-setting fashion at Laurel Park, splitting horses in deep stretch and closing steadily for a neck victory over favored Dundalk in Saturday’s featured sixth race.

It was the 21st win from 62 lifetime starts for Ghost Hunter ($11.60), who ran one mile in 1:33.63 over a firm Bowl Game turf course layout to break the mark of 1:33.91 set by Pizmo Time April 28.

Ghost Hunter, who has 45 top three finishes in his career, also holds the course record of 1:39.00 for 1 1/16 miles on the All Along turf course, set July 10, 2016.

“He had [the record] before,” winning trainer Jamie Ness said. “He had it for a couple years and he lost it, and now he’s got it back again. I guess he wanted it back.”

Dundalk, sent off as the 8-5 favorite over six rivals in the $45,000 second-level optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up, established command early from his far outside post position and was in front through fractions of 23.30 and 47.29 seconds and 1:10.58. Hall Pass gave chase for a quarter mile before dropping back and having No Bull Addiction pick up the stalking spot.

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Saturday, May 11 2019

Black-Eyed Susan Day Notes

Black-Eyed Susan Day Notes

Las Setas Works Friday Morning at Laurel for Black-Eyed Susan (G2)
Jim McKay-Bound Tricks to Doo has Friday Breeze at Fair Hill
Walsh Bringing Sundaysatthebeach to Black-Eyed Susan; Maid in the Mist to Hilltop
Stall Hoping to Make Headlines with Real News in James Murphy

BALTIMORE – Multiple stakes winner Las Setas, riding a four-race win streak, put in one final serious work Friday morning ahead of her next scheduled assignment in the 95th running of the $250,000 Xpressbet Black-Eyed Susan (G2) Friday, May 17 at Pimlico Race Course.

Working in company with recent maiden winner Saltworks, a half-sister to 2016 Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Cathryn Sophia, Las Setas was timed in 1:11.60 for six furlongs on the main track with regular rider Jevian Toledo up.

Owned by Robert Manfuso, Wayne Harrison and trainer Katy Voss, the Maryland homebred will have Toledo back aboard in the Black-Eyed Susan.

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Saturday, October 21 2017

Maryland Million Classic Win a ‘Bonus’ for Hometown Juarez

Bonus Points Gives Maryland-Born Jockey Third Win on Card
$150,000 Stakes Highlights ‘Maryland’s Day at the Races’

LAUREL, MD – Jockey Nik Juarez, born and raised an hour north of Laurel Park, put an exclamation point on his three-win afternoon by guiding Three Diamonds Farm’s Bonus Points to a come-from-behind 2 ¾-length victory the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic.

Run at 1 1/8 miles over the main track, the Classic for 3-year-olds and up was the centerpiece of the 32nd annual Jim McKay Maryland Million Day program comprised of seven stakes and four starter stakes held before a crowd of 22,682 on a picturesque fall afternoon.

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Friday, October 20 2017

Handicapping Saturday’s Maryland Million

11 Races, 142 Entries
Salter, Tullock, Ehlis & Courtney Give Longshots, Best Bets
Admirals War Chest Goes for Unprecedented Three-Peat

LAUREL, MD - Saturday’s Maryland Million is more than an opportunity to showcase the progeny of stallions standing in the state.

It is one of the year’s best betting opportunities.

Consider the 11 races on Saturday’s program drew 142 entries. The $125,000 Maryland Million Turf drew 16 entries, a $50,000 starter on the turf drew 15, and the $100,000 Nursery and $100,000 Lassie drew a total of 29 juveniles.

And then there’s Admirals War Chest trying to win an unprecedented third consecutive $150,000 Classic.

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Thursday, October 19 2017

Maryland Million News & Notes

Classic Wildcat Brings Leatherbury Back to Maryland Million
Pikachu Princess Will Race with Blinkers in $100,000 Lassie
Stakes Winner Winplaceorshowono Targets $100,000 Sprint
Live Racing Returns Friday with Carryovers, New Post Time

LAUREL, MD – Few horses enjoyed the kind of on-track success as Mid-Atlantic legend Ben’s Cat, a 26-time stakes winner and earner of more than $2.6 million in purses that raced into his 11-year-old season before being retired this summer and ultimately succumbing to complications from colic surgery less than a month later.

Bred, owned and trained by Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury, Ben’s Cat’s long list of accomplishments include sharing Maryland Million records for most career wins (three) and most starts (seven). Had things gone according to plan, the Parker’s Storm Cat gelding would have likely been back for an eighth try this weekend.

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Thursday, October 05 2017

Laurel Park News & Notes: Thu 10/5

G3 Winner Just Call Kenny Pointed to $100,000 Richard Small Nov. 11
Unbeaten Margie’s Money Headed for Maryland Million Lassie
Carryovers, First Monday Card Ahead on Revamped Fall Schedule

LAUREL, MD – Multiple stakes winner Just Call Kenny, who became a graded winner for the first time this summer, is being pointed to the $100,000 Richard W. Small for 3-year-olds and up next month at Laurel Park.

Contested at 1 1/8 miles, the Small is one of six stakes worth $575,000 in purses on a Saturday, Nov. 11 program that will also pay tribute to late Mid-Atlantic legend Ben’s Cat, featuring autographs from his connections and a bobblehead giveaway.

The Small would be the 10th start this year for Just Call Kenny, bred in Virginia and owned by ABL Stable, Dominic Bossone, James Cahill and Peter Donnelly. He is no stranger to Laurel having raced over the surface three times this year, most recently winning a seven-furlong optional claiming allowance April 21.

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Thursday, September 21 2017

Laurel Park News & Notes

Multiple Stakes Winner Phlash Phelps Out for the Year with Bone Bruising
Shimmering Aspen Entered in Saturday’s Charles Town Oaks (G3)
Impressive Maiden Winner Theodosia Exciting Prospect for Team Lynch
Lucky in Malibu Likely Stakes-Bound Again After Allowance Win
Miracle Wood Winner O Dionysus Nearing Return to Training
Late Pick 5, Super Hi-5 Carryovers for Return of Live Racing Friday

LAUREL, MD – Hillwood Stable’s multiple stakes winner Phlash Phelps will miss the rest of the year with bruising of the cannon bones, denying the 6-year-old gelding the chance at a rare third consecutive victory in the Jim McKay Maryland Million next month.

Phlash Phelps, a bay son of leading Maryland sire Great Notion, has raced only one this year, rallying from far back to win the six-furlong Mister Diz by a neck as the favorite June 24 at Laurel Park. Among the horses that finished behind him that day were stakes winners Talk Show Man, Blu Moon Ace, Sonny Inspired and Ben’s Cat, the late champion’s final start.

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Sunday, September 17 2017

Chublicious Makes the Grade in $250,000 De Francis Dash (G3)

Sprint Tops Seven Stakes Worth $900,000 on Fall Festival of Racing Program
LAUREL, MD – David Gruskos’ multiple stakes winner Chublicious, dismissed as the longest shot in the four-horse field, collared stubborn front-runner Blue Moon Ace in mid-stretch and emerged from their duel to the wire with a neck victory in the $250,000 Xpressbet Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) Saturday at Laurel Park.

The 26th running of the six-furlong De Francis for sprinters 3 and up was the highlight of a 12-race Fall Festival of Racing program that featured seven stakes, six stakes over Laurel’s world-class turf course, worth $900,000 in purses.

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Friday, September 15 2017

Laurel Park News & Notes

G3 Winner Mr. Jordan ‘50-50’ for $250,000 De Francis Dash (G3)
Karamanos Replaces Injured Carrasco on Chublicious for De Francis
Gaffalione Road Show Makes Stop at Laurel Park Saturday

– David Melin, Leon Ellman and Laurie Plesa’s multiple stakes winner Mr. Jordan is ‘50-50’ to run in Saturday’s $250,000 Xpressbet Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3), trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. said Friday.

The 26th running of the six-furlong De Francis for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs highlights a spectacular 12-race Fall Festival of Racing program that features seven stakes, six over Laurel’s world-class turf course, worth $900,000 in purses.

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