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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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Saturday, December 05 2009


SQUAN SONG STAKES ATTRACTS THIRTEEN DISTAFFERS; BEER PONG TOURNAMENT APPEALS TO COLLEGE CROWD


LAUREL, MD. 12-04-09---Laurel Park hosts the Maryland State Beer Pong Championships on Saturday, one of a host of activities on College Pride Day. Nine live races are on the program, topped by the $50,000 Squan Song Stakes.

Admission is free for students with a valid college ID. Music, games, prizes, food and drink specials are in the offing, with live races an added attraction for these novice fans.





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Friday, December 04 2009


DE FRANCIS DASH DOWNGRADED TO GRADE II STATUS FOR 2010


LAUREL, MD. 12-03-09---The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association today announced its listing of U.S. Graded Stakes for 2010 and the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash was downgraded from Grade I to Grade II status.

The De Francis Dash was one of just three Grade I races contested in Maryland, along with the Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, and the historic Pimlico Special. Introduced in 1990, the De Francis Dash is one of the elite six-furlong sprints in the country with four of the 19 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, November 27 2009


DEFENDING CHAMP IS 50-50 FOR JENNINGS HANDICAP


LAUREL, MD. 11-26-09---Should he make the trip from New York, defending champion Broadway Producer will be the 7-5 favorite to win Saturday’s $50,000 Jennings Handicap for Maryland-bred 3-year-olds and up at Laurel Park. Trainer John Terranova has cross-entered Broadway Producer in the $65,000 Alysheba Stakes at The Meadowlands, which is set for Friday night.

“We are 50-50 right now,” Terranova said. “He is doing well and we are ready to go. He is 5-1 at the Meadowlands and we are looking to pick the right spot to get the old man in the winners’ circle. He is doing well and we want to do right by him. We have been waiting for a spot and it is unfortunate that these two races are a day apart.”





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Wednesday, November 25 2009


TWO MARYLAND SPRINTERS HEAD TO NEW YORK FOR HOLIDAY


LAUREL, MD. 11-25-09---While the Maryland Jockey Club cards a nine-race program at Laurel Park on the Thanksgiving holiday, two of the state’s top sprinters with be in New York to compete in the Grade 3 Fall Highweight at Aqueduct. Greenspring (5-1) and Ah Day (6-1) are the fourth and fifth choices in the 10-horse field, which also includes morning line favorite Go Go Shoot and 2008 Preakness also-ran Riley Tucker.

Ah Day, conditioned at Laurel Park by King Leatherbury, is the more accomplished horse to date with 10 career stakes victories, including the Grade 3 Toboggan at Aqueduct in March. After finishing fifth in the Grade I Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash on Oct. 24, the son of Malibu Moon has produced a pair of bullet works. Sheldon Russell, who has been aboard in five of Ah Day’s nine races this year, including the De Francis Dash and Toboggan, has the riding assignment.





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Monday, November 23 2009


TALAMO WINS FIVE, INCLUDING MOCCASIN ABOARD BICKERSONS


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2009) — Jockey Joe Talamo capped a four-win afternoon with a victory aboard eastern horse Bickersons in the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes on Sunday at Hollywood Park.

Talamo, 19, rode a perfect race, briefly relinquishing the lead on the backstretch when Bickersons was challenged by Neeko, and the Canadian-bred had plenty left when challenged by favorite Crisis of Spirit rounding the far turn.





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