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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Friday, December 26 2008


SCOTT LAKE REACHES 4,500 WIN-PLATEAU


LAUREL, MD. 12-26-08---Trainer Scott Lake began this decade with fewer than 700 career victories. With a win in today’s seventh race at Laurel Park with Blushing Tiger ($7.40), the conditioner becomes the eighth trainer in history to reach the 4,5000 win plateau.

Lake, the nation’s second leading conditioner with 418 winners, has 113 victories at the major Maryland tracks this year and will wrap up his fourth consecutive state title tomorrow when the local 2008 season concludes.





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Friday, December 19 2008


MARYLAND JUVENILE FILLY CHAMPIONSHIP A WIDE OPEN AFFAIR


LAUREL, MD. 12-18-08---With undefeated Miss Charm City out with an injury, the $50,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship has become a wide-open affair with six two-year-old Maryland-breds competing at a mile and a sixteenth at Laurel Park on Saturday afternoon. Trackside fans can look forward to multiple prize drawings and generous giveaways during the nine-race program.

Miss Charm City, who finishes her freshman campaign a perfect three-for-three including a pair of stakes victories at Laurel during the current fall meeting, suffered a suspensory injury in her left front foot earlier this week according to trainer Carlos Garcia.





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Sunday, December 14 2008


BROADWAY PRODUCER TAKES CENTER STAGE IN JENNINGS HANDICAP


LAUREL, MD. 12-13-08---Sovereign Stable and Gatsas Thoroughbreds’ Broadway Producer was just too much horse for his Maryland-bred rivals as he powered to victory in today’s feature at Laurel Park, the $50,000 Jennings Handicap.

Dale Beckner rode the five-year-old for Belmont Park-based trainer John Terranova. This was Beckner’s first time aboard the son of Not For Love, who tracked P V Lightening and Poppy’s Punkin to the head of the stretch before charging by and drawing off to win by three lengths in 1:43.73 over the fast main track.





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Friday, December 12 2008


TEN TO START IN JENNINGS HANDICAP


LAUREL, MD. 12-11-08---New York invader Broadway Producer is listed as the morning line choice to win Saturday’s $50,000 Jennings Handicap at Laurel Park.

After capturing the Maryland Million Turf at Laurel in October and prepping for this start with a seven furlong effort against optional claimers at Aqueduct, Broadway Producer (5-2) tries nine other Maryland-breds at 1-1/6th miles on the main track. Trainer John Terranova will use Dale Beckner to guide the Not For Love 5-year-old, who has 15 in-the-money finishes out of twenty-two starts.





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Wednesday, December 10 2008


GARY CAPUANO BARN WHITE HOT AS WEATHER TURNS COLD


LAUREL, MD. 12-10-08---On November 14, trainer Gary Capuano celebrated his 45th birthday with a two-win afternoon at Laurel Park igniting a streak not seen in Maryland since his older brother Dale saddled seven consecutive winners at the central Maryland track in March 2003.

When the younger Capuano reached the winners’ circle with Musician’s Pride ($3.80) in today’s third race it was the fifth consecutive victory for the barn. Though Capuano failed to win with either Quiet Trip (seventh) or Rock On Justin (eighth), he has won nine of his last 12 starts at his home track. The winning ways have helped Capuano pass his brother and move into a fifth place tie in the trainer standings during the current fall meeting.





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Sunday, November 30 2008


NOW IT BEGINS SCOOTS AND SCORES IN SQUAN SONG STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 11-29-08---R. Larry Johnson’s Now It Begins bounded to the lead and then led to the very final jump, narrowly holding on to win the $50,000 Squan Song Stakes for fillies and mares at Laurel Park.

Second by a neck in this race last year after leading every step of the way, Now It Begins carried jockey Charles Forrest to victory in 1:25.12 for the seven furlong distance over the fast main track. Mike Trombetta trains the daughter of Two Punch.





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Friday, November 28 2008


ETERNAL STAR TAKES THANKSGIVING DAY FEATURE


LAUREL, MD. 11-27-08---Harry and Tom Meyerhoff’s Eternal Star was just too much for his five rivals in today’s Thanksgiving afternoon feature at Laurel Park, a $40,000 allowance test.

Eternal Star, a chestnut son of Five Star Day, tracked speedy Sir Silver Fox into the far turn before moving by without encouragement and drawing off to win by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:09.64 for the six furlong distance over the fast main track. Stakes winners Lycurgus and Celtic Innis finished second and third, respectively. Eternal Star paid $2.80 as the overwhelming favorite.





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Wednesday, November 26 2008


SHELDON RUSSELL MOVING TACK TO NEW YORK


LAUREL, MD. 11-26-08---Sheldon Russell, who sits atop the rider standings during the current fall meeting with 40 victories, announced that he will be moving his tack to New York for the winter. The 21-year-old finishes up at Laurel Park Friday afternoon, Nov. 28.

“I have been thinking about this for some time,” Russell said. “You rarely get these opportunities and this move will help me become a better rider.”





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