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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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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