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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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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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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