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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Friday, April 02 2010


BLIND DATE RETURNS TO HEADLINE PRIMONETTA STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 04-01-10---Blind Date, who won four stakes races last year during her 3-year-old campaign, makes her 4-year old debut in Saturday’s $70,000 Primonetta Stakes at Laurel Park. The six-furlong test drew nine fillies and mares.

Blind Date, the 5-2 morning line favorite, won three stakes in Maryland in 2009 and the Grade 3 Virginia Oaks for trainer Hamilton Smith. The daughter of Not For Love has been off since a sixth place finish in the Grade 1 QE II Cup at Keeneland last October.





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Saturday, March 27 2010


INDIAN DANCE CAPTURES HARRISON JOHNSON STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 03-27-10---Sondra Bender’s Indian Dance was methodical in victory as the overwhelming race favorite, rallying from just off the pace to win the $70,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes for older horses at Laurel Park.

Sent to post as the 3-5 favorite under Luis Garcia, the gelded son of Indian Charlie beat four others in the nine-furlong test, completing the distance in 1:51.04 and winning by two lengths. Zarroc edged Eddie C. by a neck to finish second.





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Friday, March 26 2010


HARRISON JOHNSON STAKES FEATURES SIX OLDER HORSES


LAUREL, MD. 03-25-10---A compact field of six older horses will race 1-1/8 miles in Saturday’s feature, the $70,000 Harrison E. Johnston Memorial Stakes at Laurel Park. The race also serves as the first leg of the Magna 5 cross-country wager.

At the top of the line-up is 7-5 morning line favorite Indian Dance. The 4-year-old gelding has won three of five starts for trainer Larry Murray with just one off the board finish, his maiden race at Saratoga last August. In his most recent try, he finished a strong second behind Redding Colliery in the John B. Campbell Handicap here on Feb. 15.





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Wednesday, March 24 2010


MI DEVELOPMENTS ANNOUNCES AMENDMENTS TO MAGNA ENTERTAINMENT PLAN OF REORGANIZATION


March 23, 2010, Aurora, Ontario, Canada – MI Developments Inc. ("MID") (TSX: MIM.A, MIM.B; NYSE: MIM) today announced that the Plan of Reorganization in respect of Magna Entertainment Corp. ("MEC") and certain of its subsidiaries, jointly proposed by MEC, MID and the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of MEC (the “Creditors Committee”), was amended to provide for the transfer of Maryland Jockey Club ("MJC") to MID. The original Plan, including the litigation settlement to be implemented by the Plan, was announced by MID on January 11, 2010.

Rather than being sold by MEC pursuant to an auction as originally contemplated, MJC will form part of the assets of MEC that are to be transferred to MID under the amended Plan. In return for the transfer of MJC, MID will pay the secured and unsecured claims of MJC creditors to the extent allowed or agreed in an estimated amount of US$23 million to US$25 million. The amended Plan also provides that the amount to be paid by MID to the non-MJC unsecured creditors of MEC pursuant to the Plan will be increased from US$75 million to US$89 million.





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Sunday, March 21 2010


PLANTATION REMAINS PERFECT AFTER PRIVATE TERMS STAKES SCORE


LAUREL, MD. 03-20-10---Nellie Mae Cox’s Plantation extended his unbeaten streak to four when he edged Reckless Runner and five other 3-year-olds to win the $70,000 Private Terms Stakes this afternoon at Laurel Park.

Sent to post as the second choice in the one mile test, Plantation carried Travis Dunkelberger to a half-length victory in 1:37.18. Reckless Runner sped to the lead and continued the fight to the wire, reluctantly settling for second while Regal Warrior put in his patented late run to take third.





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Friday, March 19 2010


Former Pimlico GM Chick Lang Passes-Hirsch Jacobs Stakes (Preakness Undercard) Renamed In His Honor


BALTIMORE, 03-19-10---Charles John (Chick) Lang, known to the horse racing industry as “Mr. Preakness,” died peacefully on March 18, 2010, of natural causes at the age of 83. He had been hospitalized since Dec. 26, 2009.

The Maryland Jockey Club announced Friday that it will rename the Hirsch Jacobs Stakes in honor of Lang, the longtime General Manger at Pimlico Race Course. The Grade 3 sprint will be run on Preakness day, May 15.





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Thursday, March 18 2010


DONT BLAME THE CAT FAVORED IN PRIVATE TERMS STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 03-18-10---Dont Blame the Cat ships to Laurel Park on Saturday in search of his third straight victory, this time in the one mile, $70,000 Private Terms Stakes for 3-year-olds.

Rick Dutrow has sent 11 runners to Laurel this year and seen eight of them gallop back to the winners’ circle. His gelding Dont Blame the Cat (6-5) has made two trips to Laurel this year, resulting in victories in an optional allowance test and in the Miracle Wood Stakes. Erick Rodriguez has been aboard the New York bred son of Catenius and retains the mount.





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Wednesday, March 17 2010


KARAMANOS RETURNS TO WINNERS’ CIRCLE


LAUREL, MD. 03-17-10---Horacio Karamanos returned to the Maryland jockey colony last week after spending 16 months riding at San Isidro Racecourse in his native Argentina. This afternoon, the veteran jockey revisited the winners’ circle after guiding Crafty Secret to a popular score in the third race.

The 36-year-old spent seven years (2002-2008) at the major Maryland tracks, winning nearly 750 races with three riding titles at Laurel Park and Pimlico. He established a Laurel record with a career-best seven victories on Oct. 26, 2002.





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Sunday, March 14 2010


SWEET GOODBYE SAYS HELLO TO SEVENTH STAKES WIN IN CONNIVER


LAUREL, MD. 03-13-10---William Harris’ Sweet Goodbye put in a workmanlike performance as she trounced five other fillies and mares in today’s feature at Laurel Park, the $70,000 Conniver Stakes.

Kept to task racing to the finish to win by 2-1/4 lengths over late closing long shot Call of a Lion, Sweet Goodbye completed the seven-furlong distance over the sloppy going in 1:23.85. The daughter of Louis Quatorze paid $2.40 as the 1-5 betting favorite.





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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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