Sunday, January 10 2010


SWEET GOODBYE SAYS HELLO TO BARBARA FRITCHIE WITH IMPRESSIVE WHAT A SUMMER STAKES SCORE


LAUREL, MD. 01-09-10---William R. Harris’ Sweet Goodbye pressed the pacesetters and powered by them down the lane to capture the $70,000 What A Summer Stakes for older fillies and mares at Laurel Park.

Sweet Goodbye, a 5-year-old daughter of Louis Quatorze, has won eight of twelve starts including five stakes for more than $300,00. This afternoon her closest foes at the finish were Royale Michele, who finished a length behind the winner, and third place finisher Cuvee Uncorked, the 2-1 betting favorite. The winner paid $14.40 and topped a $68.60 exacta and $199.20 trifecta. The top two are expected to return here on Feb. 13 to compete in the $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap. Royale Michele is the defending champion of the Grade 2 seven-furlong sprint.





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Sunday, January 03 2010


GREENSPRING GALLOPS IN NATIVE DANCER STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 01-02-10---Under a patient rail-skimming ride by Jeremy Rose, Our Chelsea Stable’s Greenspring found room between horses straightening away for home and galloped out to an impressive victory in the $70,000 Native Dancer Stakes.

The son of Orientate beat an accomplished field that included 10-time stakes winner Ah Day plus multiple stakes winners Researcher and Encaustic. Trainer Chris Grove will point his up and coming star to the Grade 2 General George Handicap at Laurel Park on Feb. 15.





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Friday, January 01 2010


THAT’S HOW I ROLL ROLLS TO VICTORY IN MARYLAND FILLY CHAMPIONSHIP


LAUREL, MD. 01-01-10---Vision Racing LLC’s That’s How I Roll spurted to the lead and kept that position the rest of the way to win the $50,000 Maryland Filly Championship, the headline event on the opening day of the 2010 racing season.

The race was slated to be run Dec. 19, 2009 as the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship, but that program was cancelled because of a blizzard. The race was renamed and redrawn for three-year-old fillies as all horses become officially one year older on the first day of the year.





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New Year’s Party Continues With Native Dancer Stakes


LAUREL, MD. 12-31-09---A strong field of older horses headed by the King Leatherbury trained warrior Ah Day meet up on Saturday in the $70,000 Native Dancer Stakes. Fans who make the trek to Laurel for the holiday weekend receive Christmas promotions lost to the blizzard of 2009, including free 2010 racing calendars and fantastic giving-tree-giveaways.

Eleven starters will race one mile in the Native Dancer and Ah Day is the 7-2 morning line favorite. Poised to win his second straight at Laurel after a resounding score on Dec. 18, the 7-year-old Malibu Moon gelding has won fourteen races, including ten stakes. Sheldon Russell continues as his rider.





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Wednesday, December 30 2009


MARYLAND FILLY CHAMPIONSHIP HEADLINES JAN. 1 CARD


LAUREL, MD. 12-30-09---The 2010 racing season begins Friday afternoon at Laurel Park with a nine-race card highlighted by the $50,000 Maryland Filly Championship. The race was originally scheduled to be run Dec. 19 as the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship, but that program was cancelled because of a blizzard. The race was renamed and redrawn for three-year-old fillies as all horses become officially one year older on the first day of the year.

Eleven newly minted three-year-olds are entered in the 7-½ furlong test, including 3-1 morning line favorite Jim’s Prospect. The daughter of St. Averil has yet to finish out of the money in three career starts, including a victory here on Oct. 10. She was previously conditioned by Carlos Garcia, who retired only days ago and as of Jan. 1, is licensed as a jockey agent. Jim’s Prospect is now trained by J.B. Secor.





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Saturday, December 19 2009


LAUREL PARK CANCELS DECEMBER 19 CARD


LAUREL, MD. 12-18-09---With 10 to 15 inches of snow expected in Anne Arundel County by tomorrow evening, the Maryland Jockey Club has cancelled live racing and simulcasting at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course for Saturday, Dec. 19. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Maryland and its neighboring states from Friday evening until late Saturday night.

“The weather reports highly suggest that a major snowstorm will hit this area tomorrow morning and continue late through the day with the heaviest accumulations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “Safety is a key issue for our horsemen and patrons so we hope they enjoy the day.”





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CARLOS GARCIA TO RETIRE AFTER SADDLING JIM’S PROSPECT IN SATURDAY’S MARYLAND JUVENILE FILLY CHAM


LAUREL, MD. 12-18-09---After nearly 40 years training Thoroughbred horses, Carlos Garcia will saddle his last horse in Saturday’s $50,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship at Laurel Park. The 69-year-old is staying in the industry as an agent for jockeys Abel Castellano and Brian Pedroza.

“It was just time for me to move on,” Garcia said. “But I still get to stay in the business as a jockey agent. Abel is going to Arkansas for the winter but will be back in April. Pedroza has potential. The genes are there. His father is Martin Pedroza, who rides in Southern California, and his mother is former rider Kimberly Davis.”





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Sunday, December 13 2009


OUR COMMANDER TAKES MARYLAND JUVENILE CHAMPIONSHIP


LAUREL, MD. 12-12-09---Under patient handling, Philip Capuano’s Our Commander circled rivals and out finished Not Abroad to win the Saturday feature at Laurel Park, the $50,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship.

Contested at 7-1/2 furlongs over the fast main track, the race attracted seven Maryland-bred 2-year-olds including post time favorite Petecarol, who set the pace before giving way to Not Abroad around the turn. A premature move to the front by Nick Petro, the rider of Not Abroad, left the door open for a late challenge from Our Commander and jockey Josean Ramirez, who hooked Not Abroad in deep stretch and edged to the front to win by a half-length.





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Saturday, December 12 2009


LAKE WINS A PAIR ON FRIDAY CARD, INCLUDING 300TH OF YEAR


LAUREL, MD. 12-11-09---Trainer Scott Lake won two races at Laurel Park on Friday afternoon to increase his lead over Dale Capuano in the training standings for the fall meeting. With five days remaining in the stand, Lake has 23 victories, three more than Capuano.

Capuano tied Lake for the top spot Wednesday afternoon, but Lake has scored three times since, including victories with Saint Omega and Tale of the Fox in today’s seventh and eighth races respectively.





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Friday, December 11 2009


EIGHT TWO-YEAR-OLDS VIE FOR MARYLAND JUVENILE CHAMPIONSHIP


LAUREL, MD. 12-10-09---Nothing beats a good stakes on a December Saturday and the Maryland Juvenile Championship fills that bill. Eight 2-year-olds will sort out their rankings when they race 7-1/2 furlongs on the Laurel Park main track.

Petecarol is the 9-5 program favorite following an impressive win at Keeneland over $80,000 claiming maidens in late October, where he was haltered by New Jersey trainer Greg Sacco. Prior to that race, the son of Not For Love finished second in the Maryland Million Nursery. Sacco has worked him five times since the claim, ending with a bullet drill at Monmouth last Saturday. Harry Vega picks up the mount.





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Wednesday, December 09 2009


E ROD RIDES FOUR-BAGGER ON WEDNESDAY CARD


LAUREL, MD. 12-09-09---Jockey Erick Rodriguez was a perfect four-for-four this afternoon at Laurel Park and tightened his stranglehold atop the fall meeting standings. The 29-year-old tied a career-high by reaching the winners’ circle aboard Let Me Be Frank ($2.60-first), Northpoint Costas ($5.80-fifth), Ocean Nomad ($7.40-seventh) and Dazzling Success ($12.60-ninth).

“We are having a successful meet thanks to the owners and trainers,” said Rodriguez, who has 46 winners during the stand, 12 more than apprentice Joshua Navarro. “Since we are winning we are getting a chance to ride better horses and with that comes confidence.”





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Sunday, December 06 2009


STERLING VOW SURPRISES IN SQUAN SONG STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 12-05-09---Marilyn Ketts’ Sterling Vow made a sweeping four-wide move through the turn, emerged with the lead at the eighth pole and galloped home the upset winner of the $50,000 Squan Song Stakes for Maryland-bred fillies and mares at Laurel Park.

Sterling View splashed through the slopping going to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:25.54 for the seven furlong distance. Finishing second, after working her way through traffic, was post time favorite Fascinatin’ Rhythm. Heaven’s Voice rallied up the rail to be third. The 4-year-old daughter of Broken Vow carried journeyman Alberto Delgado.





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