Monday, August 09 2010


WILEY WAGNER SIXTH IN RETURN RIDE


LAUREL, MD. 08-08-10---One week after her 47th birthday, Mary Wiley Wagner finished sixth aboard Ms Millie Robbins in Sunday’s finale at Laurel Park, a $25,000 claiming maiden claimer contested at 5-1/2 furlongs over the turf. Wiley Wagner decided to come out of retirement following a fourth place finish in the inaugural Lady Legends for the Cure Race™ aboard Mass Destruction at Pimlico Race Course on Preakness weekend.

“I felt very alert and every thought was crystal clear,” said Wiley Wagner, who had a ride at Delaware Park in-between the Pimlico and Laurel mounts. “Things happen so fast out there so you always wonder if you still have the instincts.”

Ms Millie Robbins broke a little slowly, then picked it up through the turn and rallied under right hand whipping to finish with a flourish.





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Saturday, August 07 2010


MARY WILEY WAGNER RETURNS TO THE SADDLE AFTER 12-YEAR ABSENCE


LAUREL, MD. 08-07-10---On May 14, when Pimlico Race Course hosted the inaugural Lady Legends for the Cure Race™, the first pari-mutuel race featuring retired champion female jockeys, it was supposed to be a one-time event for the eight riders.

Mary Wiley Wagner had other ideas.





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Friday, August 06 2010


FOREST BOYCE CONTINUES WINNING WAYS


LAUREL, MD. 08-06-10---Apprentice jockey Forest Boyce ended the Colonial Downs summer meeting with victories on 13 of final 17 days of that stand and the 25-year picked up where she left off when racing has shifted to Laurel Park. She won a pair of races on Friday’s twilight card and leads the rider standings with four wins during the first three days of the mini-meet.

Boyce visited the winners’ circle with Katrinarita ($12.60) in the opener and Cagey Act ($13) in the third. Her four winners have an average win payout of $14.05.





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Sunday, August 01 2010


LOVE’S REASON AN IMPRESSIVE WINNER IN DEBUT


LAUREL, MD. 08-01-10---Maryland Million day is two months away but fans may have gotten a glimpse at a horse to watch for the 25th annual card that will take place at Laurel Park on October 2 in when Love’s Reason won in her debut in today’s opener.

Trained by Rodney Jenkins, the two-year-old daughter of Not For Love broke sluggishly in the $28,000 maiden special weight race and was three-wide around the turn in the five-furlong test. But jockey Travis Dunkelberger patiently allowed his charge to run down Juanita, another first-time starter, in deep stretch to win by a half-length.





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Saturday, July 31 2010


J.D. ACOSTA PERFECT ON OPENING DAY OF SUMMER MEET


LAUREL, MD. 07-31-10---The second half of the Maryland racing season got underway Saturday with the start of the Laurel Park summer meeting. J.D. Acosta rode three winners from as many mounts on the nine-race card on a picture perfect afternoon. Live racing had been on hiatus in the state since May 22 at the conclusion of the Pimlico Race Course spring stand.

Acosta, a mainstay at Laurel, Pimlico, Timonium and Charles Town since 2002, scored with Brahma Queen ($9) for trainer Dale Capuano in the fourth and then had back-to-back victories for top client Chris Grove aboard Pleasant Beau ($19.40-fifth) and Night Q ($5.80-sixth).





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Thursday, July 29 2010


LIVE RACING RETURNS TO LAUREL PARK ON SATURDAY


LAUREL, MD. 07-29-10---The second half of the Maryland racing calendar starts Saturday when Laurel Park opens an 11-day summer meeting with a nine-race card, including an all-Turf Pick 3 to end the program.

Live racing has been on hiatus in Maryland since May 22 at the conclusion of the Pimlico Race Course spring stand.





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Friday, July 02 2010


LAUREL PARK SUMMER MEETING TO BEGIN AT THE END OF THE MONTH


LAUREL, MD. 07-01-10---The Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) have agreed to the live racing dates and stakes schedule for the Laurel Park summer meeting.

After a 10-week break, live racing will return to Maryland on Saturday, July 31. The mini-meet will include Maryland-bred stakes races on August 14 (Jameela) and August 21 (Mister Diz).





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Saturday, April 10 2010


MY MAIN STARR CAPTURES DAHLIA STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 04-10-10---Gary Capuano and Paul Fowler’s My Main Starr upped her success rate to two-for-two on the turf when she surged to victory in the $70,000 Dahlia Stakes, the closing day feature at Laurel Park.

Sent to post at 3-1 under Horacio Karamanos, the daughter of Deputy Commander took much of the mile-and-one-sixteenth distance to get underway and did not hit full stride until she collared front runner Fareena and third place finisher Sales Tax in deep stretch to win by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:42.12.





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Friday, April 09 2010


GROVE EXTENDS LEAD OVER LAKE TO TWO WITH ONE DAY REMAINING IN WINTER MEET


LAUREL, MD. 04-09-10---Chris Grove clinched at least a share of the Laurel Park winter meet training title when Winged Hero wired the field in the sixth race Friday. Grove leads Scott Lake 25-23 with one day remaining in the winter meeting, which began Jan. 1.

Grove began the final week two wins behind Lake, who has won 12 of the last 16 training titles at Laurel and Pimlico, but the Frederick native moved into a first place tie with a two-win day Wednesday afternoon then took the lead Thursday with another score.





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TWELVE PACK SHELLY SMASHES TRACK RECORD IN DEBUT


LAUREL, MD. 04-08-10---Word on the backstretch was that Twelve Pack Shelly was primed for her 2-year-old debut and the John Salzman, Jr. trained filly lived up to her advanced billing with a 10-3/4 length victory in 50.83 seconds, decimating the course record by more than a full second.

Salzman trained Gator Prowl owned the previous record, winning the first 2-year-old race of 2009 in 52.11, which broke a 45-year-old record at the distance.





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Wednesday, April 07 2010


GROVE SURGES INTO A FIRST PLACE TIE WITH LAKE WITH THREE DAYS REMAINING IN WINTER MEETING


LAUREL, MD. 04-07-10---Chris Grove saddled a pair winners on Wednesday’s card to move into a tie atop the Laurel Park trainer standings with three days remaining in the winter meeting. Grove and Scott Lake, who has won 12 of the last 16 training titles at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course, have each won 23 races.

“I am very goal oriented,” said Grove. “To win our first title would be refreshing for the barn.”





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Saturday, April 03 2010


ALL GIVING ROMPS IN PRIMONETTA STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 04-03-10---All Giving returned to her winning ways with a galloping victory in the $70,000 Primonetta Stakes at Laurel Park. Owned by Concepts Unlimited Stable and Catherine J. Smith, All Giving was winning for the seventh time at the central Maryland track. Her last win came in the Maryland Million Distaff Handicap here last September.

Today the 6-year-old daughter of Allen’s Prospect carried Horacio Karamanos to a 2-3/4 length victory in 1:09.55 for the six-furlong distance over a fast main track. She had prepped for this start with a third place finish in the seven-furlong Conniver Stakes last month.





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