Saturday, November 15 2008


MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB RESTRICTS MOVEMENT OF HORSES INTO LAUREL PARK


3:50 pm update:
The Maryland Department of Agriculture reports that testing from the University of Kentucky confirms that the 2-year old filly in Laurel Park's Barn 1 is positive for EHV-1.

LAUREL, MD. 11-14-08---The Maryland Jockey Club today announced until further notice no horses will be allowed to ship into Laurel Park except those from the Bowie Training Center on a Maryland Jockey Club shuttle. The limitations were instituted after a two-year-old filly in Barn 1 at Laurel tested positive for equine herpesvirus Thursday. In addition horses based at Laurel and Bowie are restricted to the grounds. The Pimlico Race Course stable area is closed for the winter.

“This is a precautionary measure,” said Tom Chuckas, president and chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club. “It is in our best interest to restrict the movement of horses in and out of Laurel until we see the outcome of the tests on the remaining horses in Barn 1.”





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Friday, November 14 2008


LAUREL PARK HORSE TESTS POSITIVE FOR EQUINE HERPESVIRUS


LAUREL, MD. 11-13-08---The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed today that Nin, a filly trained by King Leatherbury at Laurel Park, has tested positive for equine herpesvirus (EHV-1). The two-year-old, who could not stand yesterday morning, was sitting up and eating this morning with no fever.

A Hold Order has been placed on Barn 1 at the central Maryland track, which means none of the horses in the barn will be permitted to train or race, pending further testing. None of the other 29 horses are showing neurologic signs.





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Wednesday, November 12 2008


LEXI STAR RETIRES AFTER VICTORY IN WEDNESDAY’S FEATURE


LAUREL, MD. 11-12-08---Exactly 10 months after stablemate Silmaril retired with a victory in the What A Summer Stakes, multiple stakes winner Lexi Star went out a winner with her 12th trip to the winners’ circle in today’s $40,000 allowance feature.

Making her twenty-ninth start for trainer Chris Grove, the 6-year-old daughter of Crypto Star delivered another workmanlike effort in the 1-1/16th mile test over the fast main track. All Night Labor, who led from the start, finished a reluctant second after the winner circled up to challenge around the far turn and gradually wore her down as the duo closed in on the finish line. Lexi Star won by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:44.75 under jockey J.D. Acosta and paid $3.20.





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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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