Wednesday, November 21 2012


BOLD AFFAIR LOOMS ABOVE STAKES WINNERS IN THURSDAY’S GEISHA STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 11-21-12---Thanksgiving traditions: turkey dinner, NFL games and thoroughbred racing at Laurel Park. The central Maryland track offers a special 11:05 a.m. post time Thursday with a nine-race card, highlighted by the $100,000 Geisha Stakes for Maryland-bred fillies and mares.

All seven runners in the one mile Geisha have stakes victories on their resumes, including even money favorite Bold Affair. The daughter of Two Punch comes into the Geisha off a dominating 13-1/4 length victory in the Maryland Million Distaff Handicap, her fourth stakes score of the year. Earlier this year, the Howard Wolfendale trainee took the Conniver, Primonetta and Skipat Stakes. Abel Castellano will be aboard for the ninth straight race.





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Sunday, November 18 2012


GREED AND FEAR STALKS AND SCORES IN SAFELY KEPT STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 11-17-12---Michael Dubb’s Greed and Fear took the overland route to victory in Saturday’s feature at Laurel Park, the $100,000 Safely Kept Stakes for three-year-old fillies.

Sent to post at 4-1 under Horacio Karamanos for trainer Rudy Rodriguez, the Bob and John filly broke from the outside post in the field of nine, travelled four wide down the backstretch, then swept up and around on the leaders around the turn and drew off in the stretch to an impressive, 1-1/4 length score in 1:25.13 for the seven furlong distance.





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Friday, November 16 2012


NINE FILLIES SET TO FACE THE STARTER IN SATURDAY’S SAFELY KEPT STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 11-15-12---Nine 3-year-old fillies will sprint seven furlongs in the $100,000 Safely Kept Stakes at Laurel Park Saturday afternoon.

Daniel Smithwick has won four races with Holiday Soiree, the tepid 5-2 morning line favorite. The daughter of Harlan’s Holiday’s resume includes two unplaced finishes in graded stakes this year and a willing second in the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks. Sheldon Russell gets his first try aboard the filly, who posted a bullet work at the Churchill Downs Training Track before shipping to Maryland.





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Sunday, November 11 2012


WHISKEY ROMEO “IMPRESSIVE” IN JAMES LEWIS STAKES VICTORY


LAUREL, MD. 11-10-12---The gate opened, Whiskey Romeo shot to the lead and essentially, the inaugural running of the $125,000 James F. Lewis III Stakes at Laurel Park was over.

Cruising under the finish line in 1:11.70 for the six furlong distance on the fast main track, the Tony Dutrow trainee was being gently geared down under jockey Stewart Elliott as he beat Amerigo Vespucci by 7-1/2 lengths, with Alpha Mike Foxtrot another 1-3/4 lengths back in third.





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Friday, November 09 2012


SIX 2-YEAR-OLDS ENTERED IN SATURDAY’S JAMES LEWIS STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 11-08-12---Tony Dutrow has started Whiskey Romeo only once but the maiden win was so impressive it has earned him the role as favorite in Saturday’s $125,000 James F. Lewis III Stakes for 2-year-olds at Laurel Park.

The Forestry offspring opened a long lead against five others in his debut before cruising home to a 78 Beyer speed figure on Sept. 29 at Parx Racing and is listed as the overwhelming 6-5 program choice in the 6-furlong test. Dutrow has worked Whiskey Romeo three times since the maiden win, including a half-mile bullet drill in 48 seconds on Nov. 4. Stewart Elliott will accompany the bay colt on his trip to Maryland.





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Sunday, November 04 2012


LIGHTHOUSE BAY NIPS 64-1 SHOT IN SMART HALO STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 11-03-12---Lighthouse Bay sat off the dueling leaders and then edged a 64-1 shot by a nose to win the $100,000 Smart Halo Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Laurel Park Saturday afternoon.

Jockey Kendrick Carmouche was content on sitting behind front runners Baby J and Jax and Jill before gaining the lead in upper stretch. By midstretch Laurel Park-based Ek Haseena challenged Lighthouse Bay and the two bumped and brushed several times in the final furlong before the winner put a nose in front at the wire.





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Friday, November 02 2012


JAX AND JILL LOOKS TO REMAIN UNBEATEN IN SMART HALO


LAUREL, MD. 11-01-12---Robert Cole’s Jax and Jill looks to remain unbeaten in Saturday’s $125,000 Smart Halo Stakes at Laurel Park. The 6-furlong test features eight 2-year-old fillies.

Trained by Scott Lake, Jax and Jill has gone unchallenged in four starts, winning by a combined 25-3/4 lengths in victories at Parx Racing, Timonium and a pair of state-bred stakes at Charles Town.





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Thursday, November 01 2012


TROMBETTA TO SADDLE TWO BREEDERS’ CUP STARTERS


LAUREL, MD. 10-31-12---Trainer Mike Trombetta became a major player during the 2006 Triple Crown scene with Laurel Park-based Sweetnorthernsaint, the betting favorite in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and runner-up finisher in the Preakness Stakes (G1). On Saturday afternoon, he fulfills another goal by saddling two runners on the Breeders’ Cup card at Santa Anita Park.

Next Question was an automatic qualifier in the $1 million Turf Sprint (G1) by winning the Nearctic Stakes (G1) at Woodbine earlier this month. The son of Stormy Atlantic is 10-1 on the morning line.





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Sunday, October 28 2012


ACTION ANDY NIPS IL VILLANO IN THE FRANK J. DE FRANCIS MEMORIAL DASH


LAUREL, MD. 10-27-12---Robert Gerczak’s Action Andy rallied strongly and just made it to the wire in time in a thrilling finish with Il Villano, winning out by a whisker in a photo finish to take the $350,000 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash, the feature on the Fall Festival of Racing program.

While making it two straight victories after prevailing in the Maryland Million Sprint Handicap three weeks earlier, Action Andy officially won by a nose under Horacio Karamanos while running six furlongs in 1:10.61 .





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DANNHAUSER HOLDS OFF THE CLOSERS IN LAUREL TURF CUP SCORE


LAUREL, MD. 10-27-12---Prince Farm LLC’s Dannhauser benefitted from a ground-saving ride by Laurel’s leading rider, Sheldon Russell, and held off a slew of closers to prevail by a neck in the $150,000 Laurel Turf Cup.

Always to the inside and within range, the 4-year-old colt surged to command inside the field leaving the eighth pole, opened a clear advantage soon after that and was extended to best See Tobe and Manchurian High.





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JAZZY IDEA UPSETS BEN’S CAT IN THE LAUREL DASH


LAUREL, MD. 10-27-12---Edwin W. Merryman’s Jazzy Idea, the only filly in the field, broke her own course record over six furlongs on the turf to capture the $150,000 Laurel Dash for three-year-olds and up by ¾ of a length over defending champion Ben’s Cat.

Ridden by Elvis Trujillo, Jazzy Idea bested eight males while running the distance in 1:07.29 to beat the mark of 1:07.45 she established on the meet’s opening day while winning the Jameela Stakes.





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SILVER SCREAMER GETS UP IN TIME IN LADY BALTIMORE STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 10-27-12---Michael Imperio & Donald W. Olson’s Silver Screamer showed that the Cozzene bloodline remains formidable on the turf as she galloped to victory in the $150,000 Lady Baltimore Stakes, one of six stakes on the Fall Festival of Racing card at Laurel Park.

Away alertly and on the hunt of frontrunner Laughing from her outside post, Silver Screamer carried Jose Espinoza over the 1-1/16 mile distance in 1:40.63 across the firm turf, winning by a neck. Laughing held on to finish second, narrowly edging out Federation (GB), who was another neck behind at the wire.





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