Thursday, March 05 2009


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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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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