Thursday, March 19 2009


NOT FOR SILVER STRETCHES OUT IN PRIVATE TERMS STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 03-19-09---The Mike Trombetta trained colt Not for Silver brings an undefeated record to his showdown with eight other 3-year-olds in Saturday’s one mile, $50,000 Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park.

The Not For Love offspring has built an impressive resume, breaking his maiden by 4-1/2 lengths and trouncing optional/claiming company in his second outing at Laurel then traveling to Aqueduct to annex the Fred Capossela Stakes under steady urging. Julian Pimentel was aboard for his first two starts and regains the mount on Saturday. Not for Silver, one of seven 3-year-olds nominated to the Triple Crown by Trombetta, is the 7-5 morning line favorite.





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Sunday, March 15 2009


FANCY DIAMOND SHINES IN CONNIVER STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 03-14-09---Kildare Stable’s Fancy Diamond stole off to an easy lead and dug in gamely at the finish to win the $50,000 Conniver Stakes for Maryland-bred fillies and mares, today’s feature at Laurel Park.

Harry Vega guided the 5-year-old mare to a surprising victory over six other distaffers in the seven furlong test. She won by neck over a hard closing and determined All Giving, the defending champion. Post time favorite Puskita chased the leader but gave way and finished third.





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Thursday, March 12 2009


PUSKITA FAVORED IN DEEP CONNIVER STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 03-12-09---Maryland-bred fillies and mares are featured in Saturday’s $50,000 Conniver Stakes, the Saturday headliner at Laurel Park.

Nine runners will race seven furlongs topped by morning line favorite Puskita (5-2), who in just four starts has won three times in Maryland along with a runner-up finish in the Beautiful Day Stakes at Delaware Park. Larry Murray trains the 4-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie and Malcolm Franklin is the only rider she has ever known. After missing six months with a cracked splint bone, the daughter of Indian Charlie won a pair of allowance starts at Laurel in a five-week period. Since her last start on January 22, Puskita posted a bullet workout at Laurel.





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Saturday, March 07 2009


SAARLIGHT SCORES IN WIDE COUNTRY STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 3-7-09---Cam Allard’s Saarlight went from maiden to stakes winner in a single jump with a front running victory in today’s feature at Laurel Park, the $50,000 Wide Country Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Second in her only start at Aqueduct in early February, Saarlight sped the seven furlong distance in 1:22.78 under jockey Raymundo Fuentes. She finished one length the better of Strut the Canary, who was looking for her fourth consecutive victory. Haley’s Lollipop finished third.

Saarlight is a daughter of Saarland who is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin at Belmont Park. She paid $5.60 and topped a $19.80 exacta.





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Thursday, March 05 2009


STRUT THE CANARY LOOKS TO MAKE IT FOUR STRAIGHT IN WIDE COUNTRY


LAUREL, MD. 03-5-09---Nine 3-year-old fillies will stretch out to seven furlongs in Saturday’s $50,000 Wide Country Stakes. The race is the ninth on the Laurel Park card and the first leg of the Magna 5 wager.

The morning line favorite is Strut the Canary (5-2), who has won three straight, including a victory in the Marshua Stakes at Laurel in her most recent start on February 7. The daughter of Mineshaft loomed the easy winner a furlong from the finish in the Marshua but at the wire she was in front by only a head. Jockey Jeremy Rose took the blame for the narrow victory indicating he moved too soon. Rose retains the mount for trainer Tim Tullock.





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PIMLICO AND LAUREL PARK’S PARENT COMPANY FILES FOR CHAPTER 11 PROTECTION


LAUREL, MD. 03-05-09---The Maryland Jockey Club’s parent company, Magna Entertainment Corp. (“MEC”) and certain of its subsidiaries today filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. MEC filed for Chapter 11 protection in order to implement a comprehensive financial restructuring. Simply put, MEC has far too much debt and interest expense.

MEC believes that this Chapter 11 restructuring will bring its level of debt in line with current economic realities and take pressure off its operations, which have historically been burdened with significant interest expense and financing fees. In today’s difficult economic environment, many companies are using a Chapter 11 filing to substantially reduce debt and position themselves for future growth.





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Saturday, February 28 2009


ROCK ON JUSTIN TAKES MIRACLE WOOD STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 02-28-09---Non Stop Stable’s Rock On Justin and jockey Tony Maragh teamed up to win their first stakes in this afternoon’s $50,000 Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park.

Sent to post as the third choice in the field of seven 3-year-olds, Rock On Justin broke last but quickly recovered and spurted up the rail to take a spot behind the pacesetter. Straightening out for home, he emerged with the lead and pulled away to win by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:24.58 for the seven furlong distance over the fast main track.





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Friday, February 27 2009


THREE-YEAR-OLDS FACE OFF IN MIRACLE WOOD STAKES


LAUREL. MD. 02-26-09---In The Juice heads a cast of eight 3-year-olds scheduled to meet on Saturday in the $50,000 Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park. The race is seven furlongs on the main track.

Jerry Robb trains In The Juice, the 5-2 morning line favorite, who last saw action in the Maryland Juvenile Championship, where he rallied to finish second, beaten only a half-length by promising Peace Town. The son of Rock Slide brings a lifetime mark of two wins in six starts and will carry Jeremy Rose. The Maryland-bred is one of two in the Miracle Wood nominated to the Triple Crown.





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Saturday, February 21 2009


HELLO POOCHI POOH GALLOPS IN MARYLAND RACING MEDIA HANDICAP


LAUREL, MD. 02-21-09---The others handed the race to Hello Poochi Pooh on a silver platter when they let her gallop to an uncontested lead in the $50,000 Maryland Racing Media Handicap at Laurel Park.

Sent to post as the overwhelming 3-5 favorite and lone speed in the field of five fillies and mares, Hello Poochi Pooh clicked off fractions of 25.30, 50.23 and 1:14.73 on her way to a final time of 1:51.78 for the nine furlong distance. Peachy Kiss finished second, 2-3/4 lengths behind the winner. Clara’s Song was third. The winner, under jockey Erick Rodriguez, paid $3.20.





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Thursday, February 19 2009


LONE SPEED IS FAVORED IN MARYLAND RACING MEDIA HANDICAP


LAUREL, MD. 02-19-09---Hello Poochi Pooh holds a big advantage as the only sprinter in Saturday’s $50,000 Maryland Racing Media Handicap. The 4-year-old is the 6-5 favorite to beat four other fillies and mares in the nine furlong test at Laurel Park.

Hello Poochi Pooh, who campaigned in Florida last year, has made two visually impressive starts at Laurel, finishing a strong second in an entry level allowance in late December and storming to a 9-1/2 length victory under the same conditions three weeks later.





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JONATHAN JOYCE RIDES CAREER-BEST FIVE WINNERS WEDNESDAY


LAUREL, MD. 02-18-09---Jonathan Joyce had a stellar day in the saddle at Laurel Park, winning a career-best five races. The 24-year-old won four as an apprentice rider at Philadelphia Park in July 2005.

Joyce reached the milestone aboard multiple stakes winner All Giving ($4.80) in the eighth race, a $40,000 allowance test for trainer Flint Stites. The Maryland-bred mare is now 10-for-28 for earnings of nearly $350,000.





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Monday, February 16 2009


TRUE QUALITY LEADS THROUGHOUT IN GENERAL GEORGE HANDICAP


LAUREL, MD. 02-16-09---Paraneck Stable’s True Quality led from start to finish and beat odds-on favorite Fabulous Strike and four others to win the $150,000 General George Handicap (GII) at Laurel Park.

True Quality, under C. C. Lopez, crossed the finish line in 1:22.31 for the seven furlong distance over the fast main track. The son of Elusive Quality beat Fabulous Strike by a length and a half. Laurel Park-based speedster Malibu Kid finished third.

The winner, who is trained by John P. Campo, Jr. at Aqueduct, paid $9.80. The exacta returned $21.60 and the triple paid $88.





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