Wednesday, January 28 2009


LAUREL PARK CANCELS WEDNESDAY CARD


LAUREL, MD. 01-28-09---A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain that hit the Baltimore-Washington region Tuesday morning and which is expected to continue through Wednesday evening forced Maryland Jockey Club officials to cancel live racing at Laurel Park for Wednesday, January 28.





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Sunday, January 25 2009


All Smiles Springs Upset In Nellie Morse Stakes


LAUREL, MD. 1-24-09---Cynthia McGinnes’ All Smiles ran down 2-5 favorite Fascinatin’ Rhythm to capture the $50,000 Nellie Morse Stakes, today’s feature race at Laurel Park. The Nellie Morse Stakes was the first leg of the Magna 5, a $1 national pick 5 wager conducted at Magna Entertainment racetracks from coast-to-coast.

Sent to post at 19-1, the longest price in the field of seven, All Smiles carried jockey Dale Beckner for trainer Fran Campitelli. The daughter of Awesome Again settled comfortably into fifth place in the one turn, one mile event, while tracking odds-on favorite Fascinatin’ Rhythm into the stretch. She moved outside of the favorite, fought her tooth and nail the rest of the way and won by a neck. Irvs Pick finished third.





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Friday, January 23 2009


NELLIE MORSE STAKES KICKS OFF 2009 MAGNA 5


LAUREL, MD. 01-22-09---The Sunshine Millions in Florida and California has inspired Laurel Park to offer an on-track beach party on Saturday, including an exotic tropical buffet, “sunsational” games with prizes and a nine race card featuring the $50,000 Nellie Morse Stakes.

Saturday also marks the return of the Magna 5, the nationwide pick five wager on races at coast-to-coast tracks, beginning with the final race on the Laurel program. The other races are simulcast from Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields. The wager has a $1 minimum bet with no guaranteed pool, which was not the case in previous five years.





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Tuesday, January 20 2009


MJC HONORS BEST OF THE BEST FROM 2008


LAUREL, MD. 01-19-09---The Maryland Jockey Club honored local stars that shined during 2008 with ceremonies in-between races at Laurel Park Monday afternoon.

Owner Robert Cole, whose trainers include Scott Lake, Howard Wolfendale and John Rigattieri, was the state’s top owner for the third straight year. Cole runners won 39 times from 118 starts at the major Maryland tracks last year, an impressive 33% rate, including four winners with four different trainers at Pimlico Race Course on May 9.





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Sunday, January 18 2009


SUAVE JAZZ POUNCES IN FIRE PLUG STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 01-17-09----Last in a field of six and pinned down on the rail, Michael Dubb’s Suave Jazz powered through a narrow opening at the furlong pole and drew off to win the $50,000 Fire Plug Stakes this afternoon at Laurel Park.

Ridden by Jeremy Rose, Suave Jazz had traveled from New York to beat five older horses for trainer Tony Dutrow. The 6-year-old son of Suave Prospect was winning for the first time since November 2007, posting a two length victory in 1:10.96 for the six furlong distance. Yes It’s the Truth edged Springs Road for second. Suave Jazz paid $4.60 and topped a $31.80 exacta and $251 trifecta.





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Friday, January 16 2009


FIRE PLUG STAKES ATTRACTS COMPETITIVE BAND


LAUREL, MD. 01-15-09---Seven older horses, some of which could be pointing to next month’s Grade II General George Handicap, will race six furlongs in Saturday’s $50,000 Fire Plug Stakes at Laurel Park.

The 2-1 morning line favorite is Suave Jazz, an Aqueduct-based runner trained by Tony Dutrow. With $490,000 plus in earnings and twenty-five in the money finishes from thirty-four starts, the son of Suave Prospect won the Vincent Moscarelli Stakes to end 2007. Last year he finished second in the Maryland Sprint Handicap on Preakness day, the first of three runner-up finishes from six starts, without any victories. Jeremy Rose gets a leg up on the 6-year-old gelding for the first time.





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Sunday, January 11 2009


ACCESS FEE CRUISES IN WHAT A SUMMER STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 01-10-09---Sondra Bender’s Access Fee sped to the lead and scored an easy victory in the $50,000 What A Summer Stakes for fillies and mares at Laurel Park.

Sent to post as the favorite against nine others under jockey Jose Caraballo, Access Fee remained unbeaten at Laurel Park with her 4-3/4 length victory in 1:10.31 over the fast main track. The daughter of Menifee paid $3.60.





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Thursday, January 08 2009


GARCIA BROTHERS HELP CARLOS GARCIA TAKE TWO ON WEDNESDAY CARD


LAUREL, MD. 01-07-09---Brothers Luis and Geovany Garcia helped trainer Carlos Garcia (no relation) win two races on Wednesday’s nine-race card at Laurel Park.

In the seventh race, 24-year-old Luis, guided Clara’s Song ($12.80) to a driving victory in a $32,000 allowance test. One race later, 20-year-old Geovany was aboard Sharp Lioness ($5.20) for an exciting maiden breaking score.





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Wednesday, January 07 2009


MJC ANNOUNCES FINAL 2008 HANDLE FIGURES


LAUREL, MD. 01-06-09---The Maryland Jockey Club concluded the 2008 racing season with average wagering figures 22.5% lower than 2007. All sources handle totaled $668.1 million as compared to $875.8 million the previous year. Racing 14 fewer days in 2008, the daily handle decreased from nearly $3.8 million to just over $2.9 million each day.

Wagering figures for the 17-week Laurel Park fall meeting were 39 percent lower than a year ago. Numbers for the Laurel Park winter (down 17%) and Pimlico Race Course spring (down 16%) stands were also down from the previous year.





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Friday, January 02 2009


LORD SNOWDON SHIPS TO LAUREL FOR NATIVE DANCER STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 01-02-09---Lord Snowdon, who missed by a nose in last year’s Grade II General George Handicap, returns from New York and heads a cast of eight older horses in the $50,000 Native Dancer Stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday. The one-mile test is the eighth race on the nine-race card.

Tony Dutrow trains Lord Snowdon (5-2), who raced in five stakes from January to June last year. He won the Paumonok Handicap and finished third in the Grade I Metropolitan Handicap, as well as his runner-up finish in the General George. The son of Seeking the Gold went to the sidelines in late June and returned in an optional claimer at Aqueduct on December 5th.





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Thursday, January 01 2009


GILL BLUE BEGINS NEW YEAR WITH A PAIR OF WINNERS


LAUREL, MD. 01-01-09---From 2002 through 2005 the familiar blue colors of owner Michael Gill visited the winners’ circle more than 500 times at Laurel Park and Pimlico. This afternoon at Laurel team Gill scored twice on opening day of the winter meet, winning with Elliot’s Exchange ($5.20-second) and Communicated ($8.40-sixth) for trainer Tim Hooper.

“It is a nice start,” Hooper said. “I was cold at the end of the fall meet so it is good to get going early.”





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Saturday, December 27 2008


PEACE TOWN SCORES IN MARYLAND JUVENILE CHAMPIONSHIP


LAUREL, MD. 12-27-08---Vinery Stables LLC & Singer Stables’ Peace Town lived up to pre-race billing with a decisive victory over five other Maryland-breds in the $50,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship at Laurel Park.

After tracking Ready to Cruise to the far turn, Peace Town and jockey Julian Pimentel forged to the lead, opening daylight on all but In the Juice in the 1-1/16th mile test. In the Juice rallied inside the leader going to the wire but his effort fell a half-length short. Royal Stare finished third.





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