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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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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