Sunday, September 22 2013


IMMORTAL EYES DOMINATES DE FRANCIS DASH SCORE


BECOMES MILLIONAIRE FOR LOCAL CONNECTIONS

LAUREL, MD. 09-21-13---Robert Abbo Racing Stable LLC’s Immortal Eyes left the gate in a flash, opened up quickly on his rivals and won in hand in the $350,000 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash contested over the sloppy main track at Laurel Park.





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Saturday, September 21 2013


AIBHILIN GETS UP IN FINAL JUMP TO WIN SELIMA STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 09-21-13---David & Margaret Wimer’s Aibhilin threaded her way through traffic and was up in time to win the $100,000 Selima Stakes for 2-year old fillies at Laurel Park.





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YES I’M LUCKY STROLLS IN LAUREL FUTURITY


LAUREL, MD. 09-21-13---Trilogy Stable & Laurie Plesa’s Yes I’m Lucky broke on top and was in complete command to the finish line to win the $100,000 Laurel Futurity for 2-year-olds, the first of seven stakes races on the Fall Festival of Racing program this afternoon at Laurel Park.





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Thursday, September 19 2013


TRACK RECORD ESTABLISHED ON OPENING DAY OF FALL MEET


LAUREL, MD. 09-19-13---After a 14-week break, live racing returned to the major Maryland tracks with the opening of the Laurel Park fall meeting.

“It is good to be back home,” said Laurel Park-based trainer John Salzman, Sr. “It is a whole lot easier and much more relaxed racing here instead of shipping out of town.”





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Wednesday, September 18 2013


NINE SPRINTERS ENTERED IN SATURDAY’S DE FRANCIS DASH


LAUREL, MD. 09-18-13---Nine sprinters have been entered in Saturday’s 22nd running of the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park, including local star Ben’s Cat. Post time for the 11-race card will be 1:10 p.m. Eastern.
Introduced in 1990, the De Francis Dash is one of the elite six-furlong sprints in the country with four of the 21 winners-Housebuster (1991), Cherokee Run (1994), Smoke Glacken (1997) and Thor’s Echo (2006)-earning Eclipse Award honors for champion sprinter.





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Friday, May 10 2013


DERBY WINNER ORB PLEASES TRAINER; SCHEDULED TO SHIP TO PIMLICO MONDAY


Goldencents Jogs over Pimlico track; Hernandez Set for First Preakness Ride

BALTIMORE, 05-09-13---Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable’s Orb pleased trainer Shug McGaughey during his morning visit to the sloppy track at Belmont Park Thursday. The Kentucky Derby (G1) winner also gave exercise rider Jenn Patterson all the right signs in his preparation for the 138th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico on May 18.





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Monday, March 04 2013


WALKWITHAPURPOSE MAKES IT FIVE STRAIGHT


LAUREL, MD. 03-02-13---Trainer Ignacio Correas saddled Walkwithapurpose and Listen Boy in today’s $150,000 Caesar’s Wish Stakes and saw them run first and second in the one mile test for 3-year old fillies today at Laurel Park.

Both fillies are Sagamore Farm home-breds, the winner by Candy Ride (ARG), the runner-up by After Market.





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Tuesday, February 19 2013


JAVERRE VICTORIOUS IN GENERAL GEORGE HANDICAP


LAUREL, MD. 02-18-13---Smith Farm & Stable’s Javerre dueled front-runner Il Villano into defeat, then held on to win the $250,000 General George Handicap (G3) at Laurel Park.

The race was marred when post time favorite Brigand bore into Associate not long after the start, causing Associate to stumble and toss jockey Erick Rodriguez. Neither Rodriguez nor Associate were injured.





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Friday, February 01 2013


WIDE-OPEN FIELD FOR SATURDAY’S WIDE COUNTRY STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 02-01-13---A wide-open field of seven 3-year old fillies is expected to face starter Bruce Wagner in Saturday’s $125,000 Wide Country Stakes at Laurel Park.

Dear to All (2-1) posted the highest speed rating among the seven runners while breaking her maiden at Aqueduct on December 30. The Tale of the Cat filly, who will break from the rail in the seven furlong test on the main track, has been on the board in all three starts during her freshman campaign. Sheldon Russell will ride for Tony Dutrow.





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Thursday, January 24 2013


FULL FIELD EXPECTED FOR SATURDAY’S NELLIE MORSE STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 01-24-13---Country Life Farm’s Moon Philly is the morning line favorite to win Saturday’s feature at Laurel Park, the $125,000 Nellie Morse Stakes for fillies and mares. The 1-1/16th mile test drew 12 runners. Ten can face the starter.

Trained by Mike Trombetta, Moon Philly (9-5) drew the rail. The Malibu Moon filly had a troubled trip in the Cat Cay Stakes at Aqueduct on January 6, her most recent start. After stumbling at the gate under Jeremy Rose, Moon Philly had to jump a fallen horse in the stretch but still managed to take second. Moon Philly was a model of consistency last year with eight first or second place finishes in 11 starts. Rose keeps the mount on Saturday.





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Tuesday, January 22 2013


PRIVATE TALE RALLIES TO WIN NATIVE DANCER STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 01-21-13---Three Diamond Farm’s Private Tale hopped at the start and was last all the way to the far turn but from there he was relentless in pursuit weaving through traffic and getting up to win the $125,000 Native Dancer Stakes.

Mike Trombetta trains Private Tale, a five year old son of Tale of the Cat, who completed the 1-1/16th mile distance in 1:45.85. Frontrunner Javerre held on to take second while Adirondack King loomed large in the stretch but had to settle for third.
Sheldon Russell was aboard Private Tale for the first time.





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Friday, January 18 2013


MONDAY’S CARD HIGHLIGHTED BY A PAIR OF STAKES RACES


LAUREL, MD. 01-18-13---Holiday race fans will be treated to two competitive stakes on Monday afternoon, the $125,000 Fire Plug and the $125,000 Native Dancer, scheduled to go as the sixth and eighth races on the nine race program.

Nine older runners are entered in the 1-1/16th mile Native Dancer. The race is sponsored by Sagamore Racing, which was the home of Native Dancer. During his Hall of Fame career, the Grey Ghost went 21 for 22, winning both the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in 1953. Upon his retirement from racing, Native Dancer entered stud at Sagamore Farm, where he sired 45 stakes winners. He passed away in 1967 and is buried at Sagamore.





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