Friday, February 26 2010


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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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


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, 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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Tuesday, February 09 2010


LAUREL, MD. 02-09-10--- With another 10 to 20 inches of snow expected in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas by tomorrow evening, the Maryland Jockey Club has cancelled live racing at Laurel Park for Wednesday, Feb. 10 and Thursday, Feb. 11.

A Winter Storm Warning has been posted from noon today through 7 p.m. Wednesday. Thirty-two inches of snow was recorded at Laurel Park on Feb. 5-6, forcing those cards to be cancelled.

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Friday, February 05 2010


LAUREL, MD. 02-05-10---With a storm that is expected to dump up to 28 inches of snow in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. region over the next two days, the Maryland Jockey Club has cancelled live racing at Laurel Park for Friday and Saturday.

There will be simulcasting at Laurel and its sister track, Pimlico Race Course, on Friday afternoon but not Saturday.

Saturday’s $70,000 Marshua Stakes will now be contested on Monday, Feb. 15 as part of a card that is headlined by the Grade 2 General George Handicap.

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LAUREL, MD. 02-04-10---Weather permitting, nine evenly matched 3-year-old fillies will face the starter in Saturday’s $70,000 Marshua Stakes at Laurel Park. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning from Friday morning through Saturday evening. The predicted snow accumulations range from 16 to 24 inches in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. region.

The morning line favorite is Jim’s Prospect (3-1), who is hoping to turn the tables on Gator Prowl, who beat her by a head in an optional/claiming race on Jan. 29 at the same six-furlong distance. Jim’s Prospect stumbled at the start that day, then bid five wide to just miss. The daughter of St Averil is trained by J.B. Secor, who took over her conditioning when Carlos Garcia retired in December.

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Friday, January 29 2010


LAUREL, MD. 01-28-10---The seventh season of the coast-to-coast Magna 5 wager kicks off at Laurel Park with the $70,000 Dancing Count Stakes. The Saturday closer attracted six Maryland-bred 3-year olds who will do battle for six-furlongs. Four races will follow within an hour, two each at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park.

The 8-5 morning line favorite is Turbo Speed, a gelding training at Penn National under Bernie Houghton. The son of Louis Quatorze won all three starts in 2009, including the Pennsylvania Nursery, and started his three-year old campaign with a stalking third in the Count Fleet at Aqueduct. David Cora retains the mount.

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Saturday, January 23 2010

Northern Station Wins Nellie Morse Stakes

LAUREL, MD. 1-23-10---Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC’s Northern Station became a stakes winner this afternoon when she out-stepped 7-10 favorite Weathered and five other fillies and mares in the $70,000 Nellie Morse Stakes.

Sent to post as the second choice in the one mile test, Northern Station stalked the favorite to the top of the lane, quickly spurted to the front and then held off a resurgent Weathered to win by a neck. Emily Allstar rallied from last to take third.

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