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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Friday, September 25 2009


THIRTY-SIX STALLIONS WILL BE REPRESENTED SATURDAY ON JIM MCKAY MARYLAND MILLION DAY


LAUREL, MD. 09-25-09---Introduced in 1986, the Jim McKay Maryland Million, a program of races restricted to the offspring of Maryland-based stallions, continues to receive strong support from Maryland's extensive breeding industry, which includes more than 200 farms.

After 23 runnings, 203 stallions have sired runners in Maryland Million races. Maryland-sired Thoroughbreds are nominated before they become 2-year-olds and remain eligible for life to run in the Maryland Million races.





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HEROS REWARD PREPS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP RETURN IN JIM MCKAY MARYLAND MILLION


LAUREL, MD. 09-24-09---Six of 19 Maryland-bred millionaires have earned victories on Jim McKay Maryland Million day. Heros Reward, who became the 19th to pass that milestone in July, is hoping to use the $100,000 Turf Sprint as a springboard to a return trip to the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita Park in early November.

The Dale Capuano trainee, a son of Partner’s Hero, ranks as the 15th all-time Maryland-bred money winner with $1,045,298. Capuano expects his star to compete in the Grade II Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine on October 17, a race he won two years ago and is hoping to make a return trip in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, a race in which he finished fifth in 2008, beaten just 2 ¼ lengths.





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Saturday, September 19 2009


RAMON DOMINGUEZ TO RIDE ON JIM MCKAY MARYLAND MILLION DAY


LAUREL, MD. 09-19-09---Ramon Dominguez, the nation’s leading rider, will be showcasing his skills at Laurel Park next Saturday during the $1.23 million Jim McKay Maryland Million day, a program of races for the offspring of Maryland-based stallions.

Dominguez, who won six riding titles in Maryland earlier this decade before moving his tack to Delaware Park has been the dominate jockey in New York this season. The Venezuelan has captured all three New York Racing Association meets: Aqueduct winter, Belmont Park spring and Saratoga summer in his first year as a full-time rider in the nation’s top circuit.





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Friday, September 18 2009


Jim McKay Maryland Million News


At a news conference held this morning at Sports Legends Museum in downtown Baltimore, the Maryland Million, a program for the offspring of Maryland-based stallions, has been officially designated as Jim McKay Maryland Million after the Maryland General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in support during the 2009 Legislative Session.

McKay, the Hall of Fame broadcaster, originally proposed the Maryland Million concept and remained Chairman of the Board until his death on June 7, 2008. The newly minted Jim McKay Maryland Million will take place at Laurel Park on Saturday, Sept. 26. Delegate Sandy Rosenberg, Dist 41 (D) spearheaded the effort to honor McKay. Rosenberg and Mary McManus Guba, McKay’s daughter, attended the news conference.





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Saturday, September 12 2009


PATTYSBUDDY POSSIBLE FOR MARYLAND MILLION SPRINT AFTER IMPRESSIVE ALLOWANCE SCORE ON OPENING DAY


LAUREL, MD. 09-12-09---Three horses possible for Maryland Million day swept past the 1-2 favorite in today’s seventh race on their way to a 1-2-3 finish in the $32,000 optional allowance test on opening day of the Laurel Park fall meeting. The race had originally been carded for the turf but six inches of rain on Friday forced Maryland Jockey Club officials to take five races off the grass.

Pattysbuddy, the winner, and Love You Too and Baltimore Raven, who finished a nose apart, dashed through the wet going and upended Tater Tutt to take the top three prizes. The winner, with jockey Malcolm Franklin, paid $11.80 and topped a $93.60 exacta and $432.40 triple.





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Friday, September 11 2009


LAUREL PARK FALL MEETING BEGINS SATURDAY AFTERNOON


LAUREL, MD. 09-10-09---Live racing returns to Laurel Park Saturday for the fall meeting with a 10-race card, including five on the turf. Opening day features a Bet or No Bet promotion where eight lucky fans can accept a $1,000 win bet or $100 in cash. First post is 1:10 p.m.

The 14-week stand will feature live racing on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons (with Columbus holiday exception) through December 19. The eight Saturday programs in September and October will feature live music and drink specials.





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Saturday, August 22 2009


BLIND DATE ROMPS TO FOURTH STAKES VICTORY OF THE YEAR IN PEARL NECKLACE STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 08-22-09---William Backer’s Blind Date left the starting gate as the 2-5 favorite and crossed the finish line as the undisputed winner of the $50,000 Pearl Necklace Stakes, the feature offering contested over the good main track today at Laurel Park.

Driven to victory by Rosemary Homeister, Blind Date completed the one mile distance in 1:37.57. Racing two-wide down the backstretch and three-wide down the lane, Homeister had only to call upon the 3-year-old daughter of Not For Love at the eighth pole and she responded with a strong surge and a 4-1/2 length victory.





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