Sunday, December 23 2012


Onepointhreekarats Draws Off To Win Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes


LAUREL, MD. 12-22-12---Live Oak Plantation’s Onepointhreekarats carried Jeremy Rose to a convincing victory in today’s feature race at Laurel Park, the $104,250 Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes.

Graham Motion trains the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro at the Fair Hill Training Center in Northeast, Maryland. The filly came into the Thirty Eight Go Go off a 4-1/2 length victory in her first try over this strip in early November at today’s one mile distance. This was her first stakes attempt and her first stakes victory.





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Sunday, December 16 2012


Winning Image Is An Easy Winner Of The Willa On The Move Stakes


LAUREL, MD. 12-15-12---Martin Scafidi’s Winning Image left no doubt about her intentions when she shot to the lead in the $100,000 Willa on the Move Stakes. A minute and eleven seconds later she had proven she was the best of six fillies and mares in Saturday’s feature at Laurel Park.

Jose Caraballo pushed the buttons on the five-year-old daughter of Southern Image, who was geared down nearing the finish line to win by a length and a quarter over late rallying longshot Withgreatpleasure. Made to Love Her took third.





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Saturday, December 15 2012


MARYLAND THOROUGHBRED RACING UNITES WITH 10-YEAR AGREEMENT


LAUREL, MD. 12-14-12---The Maryland Jockey Club (MJC), the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) and the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) today announced that they have come to a 10-year agreement for sustained racing at Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park.

“I am confident and pleased via this agreement,” said Stronach Group chairman Frank Stronach, who owns Pimlico and Laurel, "we will now have long term stability, year round racing and stabling, an attractive purse structure, promise for the breeding industry and a strong foundation to restore Maryland racing to its pre-eminence in North American racing."





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Sunday, December 09 2012


BRIGAND WINS CITY OF LAUREL STAKES FOR BAFFERT


LAUREL, MD. 12-08-12---This afternoon Bob Baffert sent a runner to Laurel Park for the first time in his career and his colt Brigand returned the favor with a front-running victory in the $104,000 City of Laurel Stakes.





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Friday, December 07 2012


BIG-NAME TRAINERS SHIP IN FOR CITY OF LAUREL STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 12-06-12---Two New York shippers are among the favorites to win the $100,000 City Of Laurel Stakes for three-year-olds on Saturday at Laurel Park. The seven-furlong test drew eight runners.

Trainer Chad Brown is sending stakes winner Hardened Wildcat from his Belmont Park base. Bob Baffert counters with Brigand, a tested member of his New York string.





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Friday, November 30 2012


JENNINGS HANDICAP, MARYLANDER STAKES TOP SATURDAY’S CARD


LAUREL, MD. 11-29-12---Laurel Park will present nine races on Saturday afternoon, including two $100,000 stakes as co-features: the Marylander Stakes for 2-year-olds and the Jennings Handicap for 3-year-olds and up.





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Wednesday, November 28 2012


AWARD WINNING RACING JOURNALIST AND HISTORIAN JOE KELLY PASSES


BALTIMORE, 11-27-12---The Maryland racing community lost one of its most prominent members when award-winning journalist and racing historian Joseph B. Kelly passed away Monday at Stella Maris Rehabilitation and Hospice after a short battle with cancer. He was 94 years old.

A lifelong resident of Baltimore, Joe Kelly covered horse racing for nearly 70 years.





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Sunday, November 25 2012


SHE’S ALL SCAT RE-RALLIES TO TAKE GIN TALKING STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 11-24-12---Barry & Joni Butzow’s She’s All Scat led to the furlong marker, lost the lead for a few strides before fighting back to win in the $100,000 Gin Talking Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on Saturday afternoon at Laurel Park.





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Saturday, November 24 2012


TEN FILLIES LINE UP FOR SATURDAY’S GIN TALKING STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 11-23-12---The Dutrow brothers grew up in Maryland and Saturday afternoon Tony and Rick will ship the likely favorites into Laurel Park for the $100,000 Gin Talking Stakes. The 7-furlong test drew ten 2-year-old fillies.

Tony Dutrow sends Disco Barbie, the 5-2 morning line favorite, down to central Maryland from Parx Racing. The daughter of Pure Prize has shown a strong finishing punch in all three of her starts including a maiden win and a third place finish in the Xtra Heat Stakes at Delaware Park in which she was boxed out but then five wide and gaining at the finish. Sheldon Russell has the riding assignment.





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Friday, November 23 2012


BOLD AFFAIR GOES COAST TO COAST IN GEISHA STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 11-22-12---Charles Reed & Mike Zanella’s Bold Affair went to the lead, galloped along within herself and came home a driving winner in the Thanksgiving day feature at Laurel Park, the $100,000 Geisha Stakes.
Racing one mile under Abel Castellano, Bold Affair completed the distance in 1:38.81 over the fast main track and finished four lengths ahead of Catch a Thief, who had to chase the winner throughout. Plum rallied for third.





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Wednesday, November 21 2012


BOLD AFFAIR LOOMS ABOVE STAKES WINNERS IN THURSDAY’S GEISHA STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 11-21-12---Thanksgiving traditions: turkey dinner, NFL games and thoroughbred racing at Laurel Park. The central Maryland track offers a special 11:05 a.m. post time Thursday with a nine-race card, highlighted by the $100,000 Geisha Stakes for Maryland-bred fillies and mares.

All seven runners in the one mile Geisha have stakes victories on their resumes, including even money favorite Bold Affair. The daughter of Two Punch comes into the Geisha off a dominating 13-1/4 length victory in the Maryland Million Distaff Handicap, her fourth stakes score of the year. Earlier this year, the Howard Wolfendale trainee took the Conniver, Primonetta and Skipat Stakes. Abel Castellano will be aboard for the ninth straight race.





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Sunday, November 18 2012


GREED AND FEAR STALKS AND SCORES IN SAFELY KEPT STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 11-17-12---Michael Dubb’s Greed and Fear took the overland route to victory in Saturday’s feature at Laurel Park, the $100,000 Safely Kept Stakes for three-year-old fillies.

Sent to post at 4-1 under Horacio Karamanos for trainer Rudy Rodriguez, the Bob and John filly broke from the outside post in the field of nine, travelled four wide down the backstretch, then swept up and around on the leaders around the turn and drew off in the stretch to an impressive, 1-1/4 length score in 1:25.13 for the seven furlong distance.





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