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Saturday, November 08 2008


NAPRAVNIK BACK AFTER MISSING THREE MONTHS WITH BROKEN LEG


LAUREL, MD. 11-07-08---Pound for pound jockeys could be the world’s toughest athlete. In the Maryland riding colony no one is as physically or mentally resilient as Rosie Napravnik. In the first 41 months of her career, the 20-year-old has missed 10 months of action with four major injuries. She recently returned after breaking the tibia and fibula bones in her left leg in a spill at Delaware Park three months ago.

“I honestly feel like I have not missed a beat,” said Napravnik, the 2006 Eclipse Award winning runner-up for outstanding apprentice. “I am getting really experienced at bouncing back from injuries and I feel like I never left. I worked horses for about three weeks before I rode my first race (last Saturday at Delaware Park) and was in an intense therapy program at the same time working out four hours a day-five days a week. I really worked hard getting fit and I think it has paid off.”





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Friday, November 07 2008


FIND HANDICAP FEATURES TOP MARYLAND-BREDS


LAUREL, MD. 11-06-08---A sure sign the grass season at Laurel Park is drawing to a close is the scheduled running of the 1-1/8th mile $50,000 Find Handicap on Saturday. Fifteen Maryland-breds passed the entry box, including four also-eligibles.

Broadway Producer (5-2) and Dr Rico (9-2), the one-two finishers in the Maryland Million Turf on October 4, resume their rivalry. In the Million Turf, the duo drew away from the rest of the field and battled head-to-head to the finish line, with Broadway Producer prevailing by a neck.





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Thursday, November 06 2008


MARYLAND VOTERS DECIDE FOR SLOTS REFERENDUM


LAUREL, MD. 11-05-08---The Maryland Jockey Club is pleased to report that on November 4, 2008 Maryland voters overwhelming approved the proposed state constitutional amendment authorizing the General Assembly to issue up to five video lottery licenses for the installation and operation of up to 15,000 video lottery terminals at five locations for the purpose of raising revenue for education. Support for the measure garnered 59% of the vote with 99% of the precincts reporting.

Laurel Park is a potential site for 4,750 machines to be located in Anne Arundel County. The Maryland Jockey Club will begin the process of applying for a license once the licensing process has been finalized.





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Friday, October 31 2008


STRAIGHT TO THE WINNERS’ CIRCLE FOR MCCARRON PROTÉGÉ


LAUREL, MD. 10-30-08---Chris McCarron began his Hall Of Fame career as an apprentice sensation in Maryland in 1974. Nearly 35 years later a protégé of the legendary rider has joined the Laurel Park riding colony hoping for the same success.

Matthew Straight graduated from McCarron’s Lexington, Kentucky based North American Racing Academy in June and rode in Kentucky until through last Friday. In this afternoon’s opener in just his second mount in Maryland, the 22-year-old picked up his 19th career victory aboard Don’tmesswithrandy ($6.40) for trainer Benny Feliciano.





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Sunday, October 26 2008


LYCURGUS TRIUMPHS IN MISTER DIZ STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 10-25-08---Toby Roth’s Lycurgus hadn’t raced on dirt since last spring, but when the $50,000 Mister Diz Stakes was moved to the sloppy main track from the turf, the Not For Love gelding proved the off-going is just as much to his liking.

Josue Arce kept Lycurgus wide and just off a spirited pace, then moved up effortlessly to collar the leaders and powered away to win by a length in 1:03.98 for the 5-1/2 furlong distance. Saay Mi Name started his move behind the winner, could not reach him going to the wire and finished second. Norjac, who was part of the early pace, stayed on to take third.





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