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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Saturday, April 04 2009


ACCESS FEE AND CAMMY’S CHOICE FINISH IN DEAD HEAT IN PRIMONETTA


LAUREL, MD. 04-04-09---Charles Murray’s Cammy’s Choice and Sondra Bender’s Access Fee completed the six furlong, $50,000 Primonetta Stakes in a dead heat this afternoon at Laurel Park.

Under the finish line in 1:09.70, with Cammy’s Choice fully extended along the fence and Access Fee surging down the middle of the racetrack, the decision had to be determined by the photo finish camera.





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Friday, April 03 2009


TROMBETTA LOOKING TO REWRITE HISTORY IN ILLINOIS DERBY


LAUREL, MD. 04-03-09---Trainer Mike Trombetta burst onto the national scene three years ago when Sweetnorthernsaint won the Illinois Derby to become a major player during the 2006 Triple Crown scene as the betting favorite in the Grade I Kentucky Derby and runner-up in the Grade I Preakness Stakes. This year, the Baltimore native will saddle Perfect Song in the Grade II event.

“I am looking forward to going back and giving it another try,” Trombetta said. “It was a lot of fun the last time. We think he is a nice horse and based on numbers and performance he has a reasonable chance.”





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Thursday, April 02 2009


SATURDAY’S PRIMONETTA STAKES HAS IT ALL


LAUREL, MD. 04-02-09---Pure speed, stalkers and closers meet in Saturday’s six furlong, $50,000 Primonetta Stakes at Laurel Park. Nine fillies and mares are expected to face the starter, including five stakes winners.

Access Fee, the 2-1 morning line favorite, belongs in the speed camp. A winner of four of five starts at Laurel including the What A Summer Stakes on January 10, Access Fee dueled for the lead before finishing sixth in the Grade II Barbara Fritchie six weeks ago. She’s had time to regroup for trainer Larry Murray, with three morning drills including two bullet works. Luis Garcia, who will ride her for the first time, was aboard the March 20 drill when the pair went a half-mile in 46 seconds.





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Saturday, March 28 2009


BULLSBAY REBOUNDS TO WIN HARRISON JOHNSON MEMORIAL HANDICAP


LAUREL, MD. 03-28-09---Mitchell Ranch LLC, Frank Lewkowitz & Joe Rice’s Bullsbay made amends for a disappointing stakes appearance at Laurel Park with a daring, rail skimming victory in the $50,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Handicap.

A near-miss second in the John B. Campbell Handicap over President’s day weekend, Bullsbay took the short way home in this nine furlong test over the sloppy main track. Tucked in along the fence under Jeremy Rose for much of the race, Rose steered the Graham Motion trainee around the tiring pacesetter, dove back to the rail and in a furious drive, pushed by Senior and Brady Baby to secure the win.





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Sunday, March 22 2009


ST JOHN’S GOSPEL UPSETS NOT FOR SILVER IN PRIVATE TERMS STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 03-21-09---Lee Christian’s St John’s Gospel, the longest price on the board, took on the overwhelming favorite and beat him to the finish line in the $50,000 Private Terms Stakes for 3-year-olds at Laurel Park.

St John’s Gospel had won a restricted stakes at Philadelphia Park last year but his effort this afternoon unveiled a turn of speed and a finishing kick that produced a front running, $35.40 victory over the 1-2 favorite, Not for Silver.





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