Friday, August 21 2009


BLIND DATE LOOKING FOR FOURTH STAKES WIN OF YEAR IN SATURDAY’S PEARL NECKLACE STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 08-20-09---William Backer’s Blind Date will start as the strong favorite in Saturday’s $50,000 Pearl Necklace Stakes at Laurel Park. Rosemary Homeister hopes to guide the accomplished filly to her fourth stakes win during her sophomore campaign and set her up for a start on Jim McKay Maryland Million day, September 26.

The Pearl Necklace, a 1-1/16th mile test on the grass restricted to Maryland-bred 3-year-olds, has attracted nine runners with Blind Date is the 7-5 favorite.





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Monday, August 17 2009


ROBB BARN WINS FIVE-OF-SIX DURING WEEK WITH APPRENTICE RIDER DUSTY SHEPHERD …


LAUREL, MD. 08-16-09---Veteran trainer Jerry Robb capped off a fantastic weekend at Laurel Park by winning Sunday’s sixth race with Nasty Widow ($9.60) and apprentice rider Dusty Shepherd. The Robb barn won five races in six tries over the last three days with Shepherd aboard four of the winners.

On Friday afternoon, Robb and Shepherd visited the winners’ circle with Crafty Lion ($21.80) and Bigdaddysgirl ($5). On Saturday’s card, the 57-year old Robb, best known for conditioning Little Bold John, teamed up with Shepherd and Polish Dance ($43) to take the opener then went 1-2 in the second as Patrick N Dylan ($7.60) nipped stablemate Mylilsecret.





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Thursday, August 13 2009


MILLIONAIRE HEROS REWARD THE MAIN ATTRACTION IN SATURDAY’S MISTER DIZ STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 08-13-09---Heros Reward, who in his last start became the 19th Maryland-bred millionaire with a second place finish in the Grade III Jaipur Stakes at Belmont Park, returns home to headline the $50,000 Mister Diz Stakes at Laurel Park, a 5 ½ furlong turf test on Saturday afternoon.

“That was pretty neat,” said trainer Dale Capuano, who has won 30 training titles at Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park during his career. “To be able to earn a million dollars as a turf sprinting specialist is remarkable. It is very difficult because most of the races are full fields and you have to hope for a good trip each time just hoping to be there at the wire for a 1-2 finish.”





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Saturday, August 08 2009


Navarro Wins His First Race


LAUREL, MD. 8-7-09---Apprentice rider Joshua Navarro won aboard just his fifth lifetime mount when Fifty Two in a Row captured the sixth race this afternoon at Laurel Park.

Sent to post at 9-1 for owner-trainer John Alecci, Fifty Two in a Row raced outside the speed before Navarro pushed his mount to the fore, then out finished Marciella to secure the victory. The filly paid $21.20.





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Sunday, August 02 2009


TARGET SIGHTED SPRINGS UPSET IN HUMPHREY FINNEY STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 08-01-09---The Maltese Cross II’s Target Sighted beat four other Maryland-bred 3-year-olds in the $50,000 Humphrey S. Finney Stakes, contested through pouring rain and over the good turf on opening day of the summer meeting at Laurel Park.

Winthrop House, the overwhelming 1-5 favorite, led to the turn before suddenly yielding and finishing last.





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Thursday, July 30 2009


Live Racing Returns To Laurel Park On Saturday


LAUREL, MD. 7-30-09---The second half of the Maryland racing calendar starts on Saturday when Laurel Park opens an 11-day stand with late afternoon racing on Fridays (3:35 p.m.) and 1:10 p.m. posts on Saturdays and Sundays.

Racing has been on hiatus in Maryland since late May. Live action will go to the end of the year, with a seven day stay for the Maryland State Fair. The autumn session contains two huge days on the racing calendar, the Maryland Million on September 26th and the Grade I DeFrancis Dash on October 24th.





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Thursday, July 02 2009


MARYLAND RACING DATES SET FOR REMAINDER OF 2009


LAUREL, MD. 07-01-09---The Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) have agreed to the live racing dates and stakes schedule for the balance of 2009, including the return of the Grade I Frank J. De Francis Dash after a one-year hiatus.

After a 10-week break, live racing will return to Maryland on Saturday, August 1 at Laurel Park. The 11-day summer stand will conclude Sunday, August 23, with live racing taking place on Friday (3:35 twilight post time), Saturday and Sunday for three consecutive weeks following opening weekend. The mini-meet will include Maryland-bred stakes races on August 1 (Humphrey Finney), August 15 (Mister Diz) and August 22 (Pearl Necklace).





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Thursday, May 21 2009


MARION CORNWELL BENEFIT SET FOR SUNDAY AFTERNOON


BALTIMORE, 05-20-09---The Maryland racing community will have a benefit Sunday afternoon at Laurel Park for apprentice jockey Marion Cornwell, who was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor attached to his pancreas earlier this month.

A longtime exercise rider at Franklin Smith’s Elloree Training Center in South Carolina, Cornwell came north about five years ago and galloped horses for Eddie Gaudet and Steve Casey at the Bowie Training Center while picking up an occasional mount.





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Sunday, April 12 2009


ALL SMILES SPLASHES HOME FIRST IN DAHLIA STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 04-11-09---Cynthia McGinnes’ All Smiles closed with a rush to win the $50,000 Dahlia Stakes contested over the sloppy main track this afternoon at Laurel Park. The race had been carded for the turf but it was switched to the dirt after steady rain, which resulted in six late scratches.

Under jockey Jeremy Rose, All Smiles dropped back to last and was still last starting for home when she split horses and angled to the far outside for the run to the finish line. British Event was the leader at the furlong marker, but First Ascent was rallying quickly along the rail and All Smiles was winging on the far outside. All Smiles finished fastest of all and won by a length.





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Thursday, April 09 2009


SALZMAN TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLY SETS TRACK RECORD IN DEBUT


LAUREL, MD. 04-09-09---Gator Prowl won the first two-year-old race of the year in Maryland by a whopping 11-1/2 lengths in 52.11, breaking a 45-year-old track record for the 4-1/2 furlong distance over the main track at Laurel Park.

The daughter of Roar of the Tiger is trained and co-owned by John Salzman, Jr. It is the eighth time this decade that a Salzman (John Sr., Tim and John Jr.) conditioned the first juvenile winner of the year in the state.





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Wednesday, April 08 2009


MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB REACTS TO EMINENT DOMAIN BILL AND ANNOUNCES DATE OF SLOTS APPEAL


LAUREL, MD. 04-08-09---Earlier today in the General Assembly in Annapolis, House Bill 1578 was introduced attempting to confiscate Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park, the Bowie Training Center and the Preakness® Stakes from the Maryland Jockey Club (MJC).

“We share the Governor’s interest in preserving the historic Maryland Jockey Club and the Preakness,” said MJC president and chief operating officer Tom Chuckas. ”But we question the government’s right to confiscate private property which will only lead to more confusion and litigation while these matters are in bankruptcy. The Chapter 11 process should be allowed to proceed.”





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MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB, MTHA REACH ADW AGREEMENT


BALTIMORE, 04-07-09---The Maryland Jockey Club and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) have reached comprehensive account wagering agreements with Youbet, XpressBet and TwinSpires. Specific details of the agreements will not be released, but they cover all wagers placed on live races conducted by the Maryland Jockey Club, as well as wagers placed by Maryland residents on out-of-state races.

“I am delighted with these new agreements,” said MTHA President Richard J. Hoffberger. "They are fair, address our joint concerns about the economics of racing and will benefit all parties. We have developed a joint sense of commitment and trust that will enable us to work together positively in the future. I am particularly pleased that these agreements will enhance the distribution of our product."





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