Friday, September 18 2009


Jim McKay Maryland Million News


At a news conference held this morning at Sports Legends Museum in downtown Baltimore, the Maryland Million, a program for the offspring of Maryland-based stallions, has been officially designated as Jim McKay Maryland Million after the Maryland General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in support during the 2009 Legislative Session.

McKay, the Hall of Fame broadcaster, originally proposed the Maryland Million concept and remained Chairman of the Board until his death on June 7, 2008. The newly minted Jim McKay Maryland Million will take place at Laurel Park on Saturday, Sept. 26. Delegate Sandy Rosenberg, Dist 41 (D) spearheaded the effort to honor McKay. Rosenberg and Mary McManus Guba, McKay’s daughter, attended the news conference.





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Saturday, September 12 2009


PATTYSBUDDY POSSIBLE FOR MARYLAND MILLION SPRINT AFTER IMPRESSIVE ALLOWANCE SCORE ON OPENING DAY


LAUREL, MD. 09-12-09---Three horses possible for Maryland Million day swept past the 1-2 favorite in today’s seventh race on their way to a 1-2-3 finish in the $32,000 optional allowance test on opening day of the Laurel Park fall meeting. The race had originally been carded for the turf but six inches of rain on Friday forced Maryland Jockey Club officials to take five races off the grass.

Pattysbuddy, the winner, and Love You Too and Baltimore Raven, who finished a nose apart, dashed through the wet going and upended Tater Tutt to take the top three prizes. The winner, with jockey Malcolm Franklin, paid $11.80 and topped a $93.60 exacta and $432.40 triple.





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Friday, September 11 2009


LAUREL PARK FALL MEETING BEGINS SATURDAY AFTERNOON


LAUREL, MD. 09-10-09---Live racing returns to Laurel Park Saturday for the fall meeting with a 10-race card, including five on the turf. Opening day features a Bet or No Bet promotion where eight lucky fans can accept a $1,000 win bet or $100 in cash. First post is 1:10 p.m.

The 14-week stand will feature live racing on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons (with Columbus holiday exception) through December 19. The eight Saturday programs in September and October will feature live music and drink specials.





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Saturday, August 22 2009


BLIND DATE ROMPS TO FOURTH STAKES VICTORY OF THE YEAR IN PEARL NECKLACE STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 08-22-09---William Backer’s Blind Date left the starting gate as the 2-5 favorite and crossed the finish line as the undisputed winner of the $50,000 Pearl Necklace Stakes, the feature offering contested over the good main track today at Laurel Park.

Driven to victory by Rosemary Homeister, Blind Date completed the one mile distance in 1:37.57. Racing two-wide down the backstretch and three-wide down the lane, Homeister had only to call upon the 3-year-old daughter of Not For Love at the eighth pole and she responded with a strong surge and a 4-1/2 length victory.





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Friday, August 21 2009


BLIND DATE LOOKING FOR FOURTH STAKES WIN OF YEAR IN SATURDAY’S PEARL NECKLACE STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 08-20-09---William Backer’s Blind Date will start as the strong favorite in Saturday’s $50,000 Pearl Necklace Stakes at Laurel Park. Rosemary Homeister hopes to guide the accomplished filly to her fourth stakes win during her sophomore campaign and set her up for a start on Jim McKay Maryland Million day, September 26.

The Pearl Necklace, a 1-1/16th mile test on the grass restricted to Maryland-bred 3-year-olds, has attracted nine runners with Blind Date is the 7-5 favorite.





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Monday, August 17 2009


ROBB BARN WINS FIVE-OF-SIX DURING WEEK WITH APPRENTICE RIDER DUSTY SHEPHERD …


LAUREL, MD. 08-16-09---Veteran trainer Jerry Robb capped off a fantastic weekend at Laurel Park by winning Sunday’s sixth race with Nasty Widow ($9.60) and apprentice rider Dusty Shepherd. The Robb barn won five races in six tries over the last three days with Shepherd aboard four of the winners.

On Friday afternoon, Robb and Shepherd visited the winners’ circle with Crafty Lion ($21.80) and Bigdaddysgirl ($5). On Saturday’s card, the 57-year old Robb, best known for conditioning Little Bold John, teamed up with Shepherd and Polish Dance ($43) to take the opener then went 1-2 in the second as Patrick N Dylan ($7.60) nipped stablemate Mylilsecret.





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Thursday, August 13 2009


MILLIONAIRE HEROS REWARD THE MAIN ATTRACTION IN SATURDAY’S MISTER DIZ STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 08-13-09---Heros Reward, who in his last start became the 19th Maryland-bred millionaire with a second place finish in the Grade III Jaipur Stakes at Belmont Park, returns home to headline the $50,000 Mister Diz Stakes at Laurel Park, a 5 ½ furlong turf test on Saturday afternoon.

“That was pretty neat,” said trainer Dale Capuano, who has won 30 training titles at Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park during his career. “To be able to earn a million dollars as a turf sprinting specialist is remarkable. It is very difficult because most of the races are full fields and you have to hope for a good trip each time just hoping to be there at the wire for a 1-2 finish.”





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Saturday, August 08 2009


Navarro Wins His First Race


LAUREL, MD. 8-7-09---Apprentice rider Joshua Navarro won aboard just his fifth lifetime mount when Fifty Two in a Row captured the sixth race this afternoon at Laurel Park.

Sent to post at 9-1 for owner-trainer John Alecci, Fifty Two in a Row raced outside the speed before Navarro pushed his mount to the fore, then out finished Marciella to secure the victory. The filly paid $21.20.





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Sunday, August 02 2009


TARGET SIGHTED SPRINGS UPSET IN HUMPHREY FINNEY STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 08-01-09---The Maltese Cross II’s Target Sighted beat four other Maryland-bred 3-year-olds in the $50,000 Humphrey S. Finney Stakes, contested through pouring rain and over the good turf on opening day of the summer meeting at Laurel Park.

Winthrop House, the overwhelming 1-5 favorite, led to the turn before suddenly yielding and finishing last.





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Thursday, July 30 2009


Live Racing Returns To Laurel Park On Saturday


LAUREL, MD. 7-30-09---The second half of the Maryland racing calendar starts on Saturday when Laurel Park opens an 11-day stand with late afternoon racing on Fridays (3:35 p.m.) and 1:10 p.m. posts on Saturdays and Sundays.

Racing has been on hiatus in Maryland since late May. Live action will go to the end of the year, with a seven day stay for the Maryland State Fair. The autumn session contains two huge days on the racing calendar, the Maryland Million on September 26th and the Grade I DeFrancis Dash on October 24th.





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Thursday, July 02 2009


MARYLAND RACING DATES SET FOR REMAINDER OF 2009


LAUREL, MD. 07-01-09---The Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) have agreed to the live racing dates and stakes schedule for the balance of 2009, including the return of the Grade I Frank J. De Francis Dash after a one-year hiatus.

After a 10-week break, live racing will return to Maryland on Saturday, August 1 at Laurel Park. The 11-day summer stand will conclude Sunday, August 23, with live racing taking place on Friday (3:35 twilight post time), Saturday and Sunday for three consecutive weeks following opening weekend. The mini-meet will include Maryland-bred stakes races on August 1 (Humphrey Finney), August 15 (Mister Diz) and August 22 (Pearl Necklace).





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Thursday, May 21 2009


MARION CORNWELL BENEFIT SET FOR SUNDAY AFTERNOON


BALTIMORE, 05-20-09---The Maryland racing community will have a benefit Sunday afternoon at Laurel Park for apprentice jockey Marion Cornwell, who was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor attached to his pancreas earlier this month.

A longtime exercise rider at Franklin Smith’s Elloree Training Center in South Carolina, Cornwell came north about five years ago and galloped horses for Eddie Gaudet and Steve Casey at the Bowie Training Center while picking up an occasional mount.





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