Friday, January 29 2010


MAGNA 5 BEGINS AT LAUREL PARK WITH DANCING COUNT STAKES


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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Friday, January 22 2010


Dilodovico Goes Three For Three


LAUREL, MD. 1-22-10---Trainer Damon Dilodovico sent out three runners this afternoon at Laurel Park, with a different rider named to each, and met all three back at the winners’ circle after their respective races.



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WEATHERED RETURNS TO HEADLINE SATURDAY’S NELLIE MORSE STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 01-21-10---The last two fillies to win the Preakness Stakes are in the spotlight this week as Rachel Alexandra (2009) was named Horse of the Year and Nellie Morse (1924) is the namesake of the $70,000 Nellie Morse Stakes, Saturday’s headliner at Laurel Park.

Nellie Morse won the Pimlico Oaks, three days prior to capturing the Preakness. Rachel Alexandra took the Kentucky Oaks and then the Preakness on her march to the championship.





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Tuesday, January 19 2010


FORMER JOCKEY JESSE DAVIDSON PASSES SATURDAY NIGHT


LAUREL, MD. 01-18-10---Former jockey Jesse Davidson passed away Saturday night in his Ellicott City home. He was 69. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, three daughters and nine grandchildren, including jockeys Brandon and Grant Whitacre.

Grant Whitacre was the seventh leading rider at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course last year. Brandon Whitacre rode in Maryland as an apprentice in 2003-2004 and is now based at Charles Town.





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Saturday, January 16 2010


DIGGER GOES GATE TO WIRE TO WIN FIRE PLUG STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 01-16-10---Repole Stable’s Digger sped to the lead, turned back the 4-5 favorite and drew off to a driving victory in the $70,000 Fire Plug Stakes at Laurel Park.

Never menaced at any point, Digger and jockey Mike Luzzi completed the six-furlong distance in a stakes record 1:09.13 and finished 3-3/4 lengths the better of Celtic Innis, who nipped Malibu Kid for second. Ravalo, the post time favorite, faded for fourth.





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Thursday, January 14 2010


DE FRANCIS DASH RUNNER-UP RAVALO PREPS FOR NEXT MONTH’S GENERAL GEORGE IN SATURDAY’S FIRE PLUG S


LAUREL, MD. 01-14-10---In the with the Fire Plug and out with the General George - that is the hope of several trainers who will start runners in Saturday’s $70,000 Fire Plug Stakes at Laurel Park, a prep for next month’s Grade 2 General George Handicap.

The six-furlong test brings together eight sprinters including 9-5 morning line favorite Ravalo. The son of Mutakddim has won 10 career stakes races and finished on the board 24 times in 29 lifetime starts. Last year, the Donald Barr trainee won three-of-eight and finished a game second in the Grade 1 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel, a half-length behind Vineyard Haven. The 6-year-old prepped for the Fire Plug with a bullet three-furlong work Tuesday morning, stopping the clock in 35.20.





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Sunday, January 10 2010


SWEET GOODBYE SAYS HELLO TO BARBARA FRITCHIE WITH IMPRESSIVE WHAT A SUMMER STAKES SCORE


LAUREL, MD. 01-09-10---William R. Harris’ Sweet Goodbye pressed the pacesetters and powered by them down the lane to capture the $70,000 What A Summer Stakes for older fillies and mares at Laurel Park.

Sweet Goodbye, a 5-year-old daughter of Louis Quatorze, has won eight of twelve starts including five stakes for more than $300,00. This afternoon her closest foes at the finish were Royale Michele, who finished a length behind the winner, and third place finisher Cuvee Uncorked, the 2-1 betting favorite. The winner paid $14.40 and topped a $68.60 exacta and $199.20 trifecta. The top two are expected to return here on Feb. 13 to compete in the $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap. Royale Michele is the defending champion of the Grade 2 seven-furlong sprint.





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Sunday, January 03 2010


GREENSPRING GALLOPS IN NATIVE DANCER STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 01-02-10---Under a patient rail-skimming ride by Jeremy Rose, Our Chelsea Stable’s Greenspring found room between horses straightening away for home and galloped out to an impressive victory in the $70,000 Native Dancer Stakes.

The son of Orientate beat an accomplished field that included 10-time stakes winner Ah Day plus multiple stakes winners Researcher and Encaustic. Trainer Chris Grove will point his up and coming star to the Grade 2 General George Handicap at Laurel Park on Feb. 15.





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Friday, January 01 2010


THAT’S HOW I ROLL ROLLS TO VICTORY IN MARYLAND FILLY CHAMPIONSHIP


LAUREL, MD. 01-01-10---Vision Racing LLC’s That’s How I Roll spurted to the lead and kept that position the rest of the way to win the $50,000 Maryland Filly Championship, the headline event on the opening day of the 2010 racing season.

The race was slated to be run Dec. 19, 2009 as the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship, but that program was cancelled because of a blizzard. The race was renamed and redrawn for three-year-old fillies as all horses become officially one year older on the first day of the year.





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New Year’s Party Continues With Native Dancer Stakes


LAUREL, MD. 12-31-09---A strong field of older horses headed by the King Leatherbury trained warrior Ah Day meet up on Saturday in the $70,000 Native Dancer Stakes. Fans who make the trek to Laurel for the holiday weekend receive Christmas promotions lost to the blizzard of 2009, including free 2010 racing calendars and fantastic giving-tree-giveaways.

Eleven starters will race one mile in the Native Dancer and Ah Day is the 7-2 morning line favorite. Poised to win his second straight at Laurel after a resounding score on Dec. 18, the 7-year-old Malibu Moon gelding has won fourteen races, including ten stakes. Sheldon Russell continues as his rider.





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Wednesday, December 30 2009


MARYLAND FILLY CHAMPIONSHIP HEADLINES JAN. 1 CARD


LAUREL, MD. 12-30-09---The 2010 racing season begins Friday afternoon at Laurel Park with a nine-race card highlighted by the $50,000 Maryland Filly Championship. The race was originally scheduled to be run Dec. 19 as the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship, but that program was cancelled because of a blizzard. The race was renamed and redrawn for three-year-old fillies as all horses become officially one year older on the first day of the year.

Eleven newly minted three-year-olds are entered in the 7-½ furlong test, including 3-1 morning line favorite Jim’s Prospect. The daughter of St. Averil has yet to finish out of the money in three career starts, including a victory here on Oct. 10. She was previously conditioned by Carlos Garcia, who retired only days ago and as of Jan. 1, is licensed as a jockey agent. Jim’s Prospect is now trained by J.B. Secor.





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