Friday, March 12 2010


FRITCHIE WINNER SWEET GOODBYE TACKLES SIX IN CONNIVER STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 03-11-10---The others will likely be fighting for minor shares when William Harris’ graded stakes winner Sweet Goodbye faces six fillies and mares in Saturday’s $70,000 Conniver Stakes at Laurel Park.

A winner of six stakes, Sweet Goodbye (6-5) captured the What A Summer Stakes and the Barbara Fritchie Handicap (Grade II) to begin her five-year-old campaign. The daughter of Louis Quatorze is a perfect four-for-four at the seven-furlong distance. J. D. Acosta has been aboard Sweet Goodbye for all 13 starts and will have the mount.





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Sunday, March 07 2010


JIM’S PROSPECT GETS REVENGE IN WIDE COUNTRY STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 03-06-10---Jim’s Prospect, who finished second to post time favorite Gator Prowl in their previous two meetings, turned the tables on her rival as well as six other 3-year-old fillies and won today’s feature at Laurel Park, the $70,000 Wide Country Stakes.

Owned by the Estate of James Glenn, Jim’s Prospect rallied three wide into the lane, caught That’s How I Roll in mid-stretch and outmuscled her to the finish to win by a head. Vladimir Diaz rode the daughter of St Averil for trainer J.B. Secor, completing the seven-furlong distance in 1:24.67 over the fast main track. Gator Prowl led into the stretch but faded and finished third.





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Friday, March 05 2010


NINE FILLIES ENTERED IN SATURDAY’S WIDE COUNTRY STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 03-04-10---A good stakes always sparks interest when enough promising fillies show up and this is the case in Saturday’s Wide Country at Laurel Park.

At the top of the 3-year-old class are Judge Sonya and Gator Prowl, multiple winners with stakes credentials. Ben Perkins sends Judge Sonya (5-2) from New York, where most recently she finished a good third in the Busanda Stakes and a strong second in the Dearly Precious Stakes, both at Aqueduct. Leading rider Erick Rodriguez has the mount.





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Thursday, March 04 2010


ROCKET DEFENSE SOARS TO SCORE IN WEDNESDAY FEATURE


LAUREL, MD. 03-03-10---A speedy band of fillies and mares met in today’s $34,000 Optional/Allowance feature. Rocket Defense quickly raced to the lead and spoiled the comeback bid of Miss Charm City, who finished third.

Miss Charm City, who went undefeated during her two-year-old campaign in 2008 before missing all of 2009, had won three consecutive races, including the Gin Talking Stakes and Maryland Million Lassie before injuring her left front suspensory while training for the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship.





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Saturday, February 27 2010


DONT BLAME THE CAT POUNCES IN MIRACLE WOOD STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 02-27-10---Mary Raymond’s Dont Blame the Cat flew around his fellow 3-year-olds and charged to victory in the $70,000 Miracle Wood Stakes this afternoon at Laurel Park.

Trained by Rick Dutrow and ridden by Erick Rodriquez, Dont Blame the Cat was winning for the second straight time at Laurel. Now three-for-four lifetime, the son of Catienus finished the seven-furlong distance in 1:23.22, a length ahead of late charging 47-1 longshot Regal Warrior, as speedy Cole T. held on to third. The winner paid $4.60 and topped a $122.20 exacta and $974 trifecta.





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Friday, February 26 2010


LAUREL PARK CANCELS LIVE RACING


LAUREL, MD. 02-26-10---Due to high winds, Laurel Park has cancelled the live racing card for Friday, February 26. Laurel and Pimlico Race Course will be open for simulcasting.

This is the seventh card cancelled this year. Snow forced the central Maryland track to cancel live racing on Jan. 30, Feb. 5-6-10-11-12.

Laurel Park is expected to be open Saturday for live racing. The 10-race card includes the $70,000 Miracle Wood Stakes for 3-year-olds.




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TWELVE THREE-YEAR-OLDS SET TO GO IN MIRACLE WOOD STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 02-25-10---One of the many paths to the Triple Crown, specifically the Preakness Stakes, starts at Laurel on Saturday with the $70,000 Miracle Wood Stakes. Four of the previous winners of the Miracle Wood started in a Triple Crown race, including Sweetnorthernsaint (2006), who was the betting favorite in the Kentucky Derby and finished second in the Preakness.

A dozen 3-year-olds will race seven-furlongs in the afternoon’s finale, which is also the first leg of the Magna 5 wager.





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Saturday, February 20 2010


Miss Singhix Scores In Maryland Racing Media Stakes


LAUREL, MD. 2-20-10---Team Valor International’s Miss Singhsix circled her rivals and drew off to victory in the $70,000 Maryland Racing Media Stakes at Laurel Park.

Five fillies and mares met the starter in the 1-1/8th mile test. Longshot Nasreen set a slow pace through the far turn but gave way gradually as the other four runners moved past her. Widest of all was Miss Singhsix under jockey Luis Garcia, who raced with Love’s Blush down the stretch before pulling away to win by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:51.67. Love’s Blush held onto second and My Main Starr finished another four lengths back in third.





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Thursday, February 18 2010


MISS SINGHSIX AND LOVE’S BLUSH TOP MARYLAND RACING MEDIA STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 02-18-10---Florida shipper Miss Singhsix (IRE) and Laurel Park-based Love’s Blush meet four other fillies and mares in Saturday’s 1-1/8th mile, $70,000 Maryland Racing Media Stakes at Laurel Park.

Trainer Marty Wolfson has Miss Singhsix (7-5) in training at Calder Race Course. She has made two starts at Calder for Wolfson after being transferred from Patrick Gallagher’s stable in Southern California. The daughter of Singspiel is winless in 10 stakes attempts but has runner-up finishes in added money races at Del Mar, Santa Anita Park and Calder. Luis Garcia picks up the mount.





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Tuesday, February 16 2010


Barbara Fritchie Handicap-General George Handicap--Campbell Handicap-Marshua Stakes


LAUREL, MD. 02-15-10---Barbara Fritchie is a historical figure in the city of Frederick, Maryland. Legend has it, at the age of 90 she waved the Union flag in the middle of the street to block Stonewall Jackson’s Confederate troops as they passed through the city during the Civil War. Chris Grove is a Frederick native, who conditioned Sweet Goodbye to victory in the Grade II $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap, the co-feature on today’s Presidents’ Day card. The 40-year-old conditioner was also victorious in the other main event, the Grade II $150,00 General George Handicap 30 minutes earlier with Greenspring.

“What a feeling,” Grove said moments after Sweet Goodbye crossed the finish line. “The two biggest horses in the barn win the two biggest races in Maryland this year. I knew Sweet Goodbye was ready for a big one and we believed in Greenspring. I galloped Who Wouldn’t when he won the General George (1995) and it was such a great feeling. Silmaril finished second (2007) and third (2008) in the Fritchie. To win the Fritchie is extra special being a Frederick native. Barbara Fritchie is an icon in Frederick. I ate at the Barbara Fritchie Restaurant last night.”





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Sunday, February 14 2010


LAUREL’S WINTER SPRINTFEST WILL BE CELEBRATED ON PRESIDENT’S DAY


LAUREL, MD. 02-13-10---Because the blizzard of 2010 played havoc with Laurel Park’s racing schedule, the festivities originally slated for the President’s Day weekend have been merged into a one-day, eleven race extravaganza on Monday, which includes four stakes.

Topping the bill are two Grade II fixtures, the $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap and the $150,000 General George Handicap, plus two undercard features, the $70,000 John B. Campbell Handicap and the $70,000 Marshua Stakes.





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Thursday, February 11 2010


Friday Racing Cancelled/Fritchie & Campbell Moved To Monday


LAUREL, MD. 02-10-09---A record setting amount of snow that has hit the state of Maryland has forced Maryland Jockey Club officials to cancel live racing for Friday, Feb. 12. The inclement weather had already caused the cancellation of four consecutive live cards: Feb. 5-6-10-11.

In addition, Laurel Park will move the $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (Grade II) and the $75,000 John B. Campbell Handicap, scheduled for Saturday at Laurel Park, to Monday. The Feb. 15 card will also feature the $150,000 General George Handicap (Grade II) and $75,000 Marshua Stakes.





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