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

LAUREL, MD
– 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

LAUREL, MD
– 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

LAUREL, MD
– 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

LAUREL, MD
– 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

LAUREL, MD
– 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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$150,000 Maryland Million Classic


Admirals War Chest Takes Command in $150,000 Maryland Million Classic


LAUREL, MD – Sinatra Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding’s Admirals War Chest took early command over his nine rivals and continued on to notch a front-running victory in the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic Saturday at Laurel Park.





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MARYLAND MILLION LADIES


MONSTER SLEEPING SCARY-GOOD IN MARYLAND MILLION LADIES
Capuano Sets Record for Wins, Lionhearted Lady Wins Distaff


Laurel, MD – Charles Reed’s Monster Sleeping asserted her superiority over Maryland turf fillies and mares with a stylish performance in the $123,750 Maryland Million Ladies at Laurel Park. Winning her second restricted stakes in her last three starts, the daughter of Oratory broke well, tracked Whisper Hill Farm’s Florida ship-in Can’t Explain and powered clear to a 3¾-length victory, giving veteran trainer Dale Capuano a record-setting 11th Jim McKay Maryland Million tally.





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