Saturday, October 17 2009


WHITACRE, FOLEY LAND ROLES IN SECRETARIAT MOVIE


LAUREL, MD. 10-17-09---It is every jockeys dream to ride a Triple Crown winner. For Maryland-based Grant Whitacre and Tom Foley that goal will be reached on the big screen. Both have secured roles in “Secretariat”, the movie currently in production about the champion thoroughbred who swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in 1973.

The movie began filming earlier this month with Diane Lane depicting owner Penny Chenery and John Malkovich cast as trainer Lucien Laurin. Foley landed the role of exercise rider Jim Gaffney and just returned from shooting at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana yesterday.





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WHITACRE, FOLEY LAND ROLES IN SECRETARIAT MOVIE


LAUREL, MD. 10-17-09---It is every jockeys dream to ride a Triple Crown winner. For Maryland-based Grant Whitacre and Tom Foley that goal will be reached on the big screen. Both have secured roles in “Secretariat”, the movie currently in production about the champion thoroughbred who swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in 1973.

The movie began filming earlier this month with Diane Lane depicting owner Penny Chenery and John Malkovich cast as trainer Lucien Laurin. Foley landed the role of exercise rider Jim Gaffney and just returned from shooting at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana yesterday.





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GRADE I DE FRANCIS DASH PRE-ENTRIES ANNOUNCED


LAUREL, MD. 10-16-09---Three of the nation’s elite sprinters and the top two local speedsters are among the 37 pre-entries for the 19th running of the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (Grade I) at Laurel Park next Saturday, Oct. 24.

The De Francis Dash is one of just three Grade I races contested in Maryland, along with the Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, and the historic Pimlico Special. The Dash was not carded in 2008 due to a purse account shortfall.





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Friday, October 16 2009


LAUREL PARK CANCELS RACE TWO ON OCT. 16 PROGRAM


LAUREL, MD. 10-16-09---Racing officials at Laurel Park opted to cancel today’s second race after six of the seven horses entered to start were race-day scratches.

The remainder of the nine race card will be run as usual and scheduled post times will remain the same. Post time for the first race is 1:10 p.m. After skipping the second race, the third race will go off at approximately 2:10 p.m.





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LAUREL PARK-BASED HEROS REWARD NORTH OF THE BORDER FOR GRADE II NEARCTIC STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 10-15-09---For three consecutive campaigns Laurel Park-based turf specialist Heros Reward has made two trips a year into Canada for graded stakes at Woodbine Racetrack. This Saturday, the Dale Capuano trainee will compete in the $500,000 Nearctic Stakes (Grade II), a race he won in 2007.

The son of Partner’s Hero is the 7-2 second choice in a field of 11, breaking from the nine post in the six-furlong test. In his last start he finished third after a problematic journey as the heavy favorite in the Maryland Million Turf Sprint.





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Tuesday, October 13 2009


MONEY FOR LOVE LIGHTS UP THE BOARD AT 129-1


LAUREL, MD. 10-12-09---Money For Love victory in today’s fifth race at Laurel Park came as a complete surprise. The 4-year-old gelding, running for a $7,500 claiming tag, had given scant indication that he liked Laurel’s turf course nor had he shown any sign that he could reverse a string of twelve starts since his last victory 367 days ago.

The son of Not For Love, with apprentice jockey Luis Batista, swept around the leaders racing into the far turn, continued his momentum to the top of the stretch and drew off to win by two lengths.





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Sunday, October 11 2009


LAUREL TURF COURSE TOUGH ON FAVORITES


LAUREL, MD. 10-10-09---Saratoga Race Course is nicknamed the “Graveyard of Favorites” but after the first 16 days of the Laurel Park fall meeting, the legendary New York track has company. Only eight betting favorites have reached the wire first in 51 turf races at the central Maryland track.

The average win mutuel is nearly $21, including $69.40 and $32.40 payouts this afternoon. Twelve of the winners have won at odds of 10-1 or better.





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Saturday, October 10 2009


LUIS GARCIA NOTCHES WIN NUMBER 1,000


LAUREL, MD. 10-09-09---Journeyman rider Luis Garcia joined the 1,000 winners club this afternoon when he drove See the U S A through traffic and on to a convincing victory in today’s third race at Laurel Park. Garcia has won 648 races at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course and has been a top ten rider in the colony since arriving in 2003.

The 25-year-old rider guided the 2-year-old gelded son of Not For Love to victory in his first lifetime start. Richard Small trains See the U S A. The race for maidens was contested over the firm turf in 1:03.08 and See the U S A paid $10.





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Friday, October 09 2009


ZIGGLY SHAVES .02 OFF TURF RECORD


LAUREL, MD. 10-8-09---Larry Knight, Jr.’s Ziggly set a new course record for one mile on the turf when she galloped to a 5-1/4 length victory this afternoon at Laurel Park.

The winner, under Rosemary Homeister, swept to the lead against optional/claiming runners as the field straightened away for home and crossed the finish line in 1:34.24, knocking .02 off the previous mark, set by Tune of the Spirit on November 13, 2005.





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Saturday, October 03 2009


WACKO FOR FLACCO AND OVECHKIN FAIL TO SCORE ON SATURDAY CARD


LAUREL, MD. 10-03-09---Laurel Park is situated halfway between Baltimore and Washington. On this afternoon’s 10-race card horses named after two of the biggest sports stars in the region failed to hit the board.

Wacko for Flacco, named in honor of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, showed early speed in Saturday’s opener but faded to sixth, 33 lengths behind the winner, G’s Backinaction. The two-year-old is still looking for his maiden victory after three career starts. Tim Salzman trains the son of St Averil at Laurel Park.





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Friday, October 02 2009


MY MAIN STARR SURPRISES IN FRIDAY FEATURE


LAUREL, MD. 10-02-09---Partners Stable’s My Main Starr pulled off a 30-1 upset in today’s allowance feature on the turf at Laurel Park.

Winless this year after four starts for trainer Gary Capuano and making her first career start on the grass, My Main Starr found an inviting opening in mid-stretch and powered through to win by 3-1/4 lengths over Dubit, while front running favorite Fascinatin’ Rhythm faded to third, just holding off multiple stakes winner Sales Tax.





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Thursday, October 01 2009


LUIS GARCIA CLOSES IN ON 1,000 WINS


LAUREL, MD. 10-01-09---After winning aboard three of his four mounts this afternoon at Laurel Park, journeyman rider Luis Garcia is now two wins away from registering his 1,000th victory.

Garcia was aboard Rabbitoutofmyhat ($14.20) when the bay colt rallied to win today’s fifth race. He returned to the winners’ circle after the eighth race when Cool Punch ($5.60) drew off to a popular score. He completed his riding triple as first time starter Agapantha ($11.20) rallied to win the finale for trainer Michael Matz.





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