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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Sunday, February 15 2009


ROYALE MICHELE WINS EVENTFUL BARBARA FRITCHIE HANDICAP


LAUREL, MD. 02-14-09---Sam B. Pollock’s Royale Michele ran the biggest race of her career when she captured the $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (GII) at Laurel Park Saturday afternoon.

Royale Michele won the seven furlong test by 1-3/4 lengths, but it was the performance of post time favorite Seventh Street, who reared at the start, only to regain her composure, mount a steady rally and finish a fast closing second, that had the central Maryland track buzzing.





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Friday, February 13 2009


BULLSEYE ON BULLSBAY IN CAMPBELL HANDICAP


LAUREL, MD. 02-13-09---Bullsbay was eased to last in the Grade I Donn Handicap two weeks ago, but on Saturday he is the 8-5 favorite to win the $50,000 John B. Campbell Handicap, the co-feature at Laurel Park. The $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (GR II) headlines the nine-race card.

Graham Motion shipped the 5-year-old from South Florida to the Fair Hill Training Center earlier this week to race 1-1/8 miles against nine older runners. The son of Tiznow arrived in the Motion barn in October and produced two allowance wins and a runner-up finish in the Grade III Hal’s Hope before his inexplicable performance in the Donn.





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FABULOUS STRIKE HEADLINES GENERAL GEORGE LINEUP


LAUREL, MD. 02-12-09---The $150,000 General George Handicap (GII) has attracted a stellar band of older runners. Monday’s seven furlong headliner at Laurel Park features Fabulous Strike, one of the top sprinters in the country.

Fabulous Strike, the 4-5 morning line favorite, is a prolific winner with twelve victories on his resume including ten stakes. The Todd Beattie trainee operates out of central Pennsylvania and ended 2008 with wins in the both the Fall Highweight and the Gravesend Handicaps at Aqueduct. With career earnings of $939,412 the gelding would become a millionaire with a win Monday.





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Wednesday, February 11 2009


EIGHT TOP SPRINTERS ENTERED IN SATURDAY’S BARBARA FRITCHIE HANDICAP


LAUREL, MD. 02-11-09---The storied Barbara Fritchie Handicap (GII) kicks off holiday racing this weekend at Laurel Park. The John B. Campbell Handicap is the co-feature on Saturday and the General George Handicap (GII) is the highlight on Monday’s President’s day card.

A bang-up edition of the Fritchie has attracted eight fillies and mares who will race seven furlongs and kickoff the Magna 5 cross country wager. New York shipper Seventh Street, Grade I winner Dream Rush, By the Light from the powerful Richard Dutrow stable and local star Access Fee will vie for favoritism in the $150,000 test.





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Sunday, February 08 2009


STRUT THE CANARY NARROWLY PREVAILS IN MARSHUA STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 02-07-09---Everest Stables, Inc.’s Strut the Canary loomed the easy winner a furlong from the finish but at the wire she was in front by only a head, enough to win the $50,000 Marshua Stakes, the feature offering on this sunny afternoon at Laurel Park.

Jockey Jeremy Rose took the blame for the narrow victory. “That was one of my worst rides I put up in a while. That was just a terrible idea to take the lead that early. The reason I made the early move was that I didn’t know how good the horse on the lead (Aspenglow) was. She was by herself and wanted to get by her. We went by her too soon. It was a bad ride.”





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Friday, February 06 2009


FEEL THE LOVE! $250,000 LATE PICK 4, EQUESTRIS BUFFET ON FEB. 14


Next Saturday is St. Valentine’s Day and here is great idea and one that’s more fun and exciting than just dinner, flowers and candy to mark the occasion.

Make it a real date with a brunch buffet at Aqueduct Racetrack, where you can also enjoy a thrilling day of Thoroughbred racing,





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NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR LAUREL PARK’S WINTER SPRINTFEST


"LAUREL, MD. 02-06-09---Nominations for the three races which highlight the President’s day holiday weekend at Laurel Park were released by the Maryland Jockey Club’s racing office this afternoon.

SprintFest features two graded, seven furlong contests - the $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (GII) for fillies and mares on Saturday, February 14 and the $150,000 General George Handicap (GII) for 3-year-olds and up on Monday, February 16. Saturday’s co-feature is the $50,000 John B. Campbell Handicap at nine furlongs.





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Sunday, February 01 2009


RUSSELL ROAD GOES ON THE ROAD TO SCORE IN DANCING COUNT STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 01-31-09---Mark Russell’s Russell Road improved his record to six wins in seven starts with a snappy performance in the $50,000 Dancing Count Stakes, today’s feature at Laurel Park. Russell Road, a West Virginia-bred son of Wheaton who was ridden by Travis Dunkelberger, was tested from the outset in this six furlong event for 3-year-olds.

The chestnut gelding broke alertly, then let Great Love with Eric Camacho slip inside of him to head the field down the backstretch and around the far turn. Russell Road engaged Great Love at the top of the lane and they battled the length of the stretch before edging clear to win by a length and a quarter in 1:09.79. St John’s Gospel finished third.





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Friday, January 30 2009


OUT-OF-TOWNERS SHIP TO MARYLAND FOR DANCING COUNT STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 01-29-09---New York’s loss could be Maryland’s gain. Mr. Fantasy, who missed a start on Wednesday when racing was cancelled at Aqueduct, is listed as the program favorite for Saturday’s $50,000 Dancing Count Stakes at Laurel Park.

The Dancing Count, a six furlong test for three-year-olds, is the final race of the day at Laurel but the first leg of the Magna 5, a coast-to-coast pick five wager which includes races from Santa Anita, Gulfstream and Golden Gate Fields.





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