Friday, October 26 2012


DOMINGUEZ RETURNS TO THE SCENE OF HIS FIRST GRADE 1 SCORE


LAUREL, MD. 10-26-12---Before Ramon Dominguez became a two-time Eclipse Award winning jockey, he was the top rider in the mid-Atlantic in search of a Grade 1 victory. Dominguez earned his first in the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash aboard A Huevo on November 15, 2003 at Laurel Park.

“I remember it well,” Dominguez said Thursday morning from New York. “The horse was sitting back and then made a run on the outside. I was able to win the race and he won pretty handy (by 1-3/4 lengths). It was extremely exciting for me. Michael Dickinson was the trainer and he was somebody who was putting me on a lot of good horses. I was riding Tapit and Soto for him at the time.”





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BEN’S CAT LOOKING TO REPEAT IN LAUREL DASH


LAUREL, MD. 10-25-12---While the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash headlines Saturday’s 11-race Fall Festival of Racing card at Laurel Park, the star of the program is the remarkable Ben’s Cat, who is looking to defend his title in the $150,000 Laurel Dash, one of five turf stakes on the undercard.

Maryland Jockey Club handicapper Frank Carulli has established the King Leatherbury homebred as the even money favorite in the 6-furlong turf test. Three weeks ago, he became the fourth horse to win the same Maryland Million race three consecutive years with a victory in the Turf Sprint. The son of Parker’s Storm Cat became Leatherbury’s first millionaire with a victory in the Turf Monster Handicap (G3) at Parx Racing in early September. He has won 18-of-27 starts with 13 stakes scores for earnings of $1,216,090.





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Thursday, October 25 2012


ELEVEN SPRINTERS ENTERED IN FRANK. J. DE FRANCIS MEMORIAL DASH


LAUREL, MD. 10-24-12---Eleven sprinters have been entered in Saturday’s 21st running of the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park. Post time for the 11-race card will be 12:35 p.m. Eastern. The De Francis Dash is the 10th race on the program with a post time of 5:14 p.m. The first 4,000 fans in attendance receive a complimentary Laurel Park sports cap.

The Fall Festival of Racing card also features five $150,000 stakes races on the turf: the Laurel Futurity for 2-year-olds, the Selima Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, the 6-furlong Laurel Dash, the Lady Baltimore Stakes for fillies and mares and the 1-1/2 mile Laurel Turf Cup. The six stakes races on the program garnered 82 entries.





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Saturday, October 20 2012


TWENTY-EIGHT NOMINATED TO NEXT SATURDAY’S DE FRANCIS DASH


LAUREL, MD. 10-19-12---Twenty-eight sprinters have been nominated to the 21st running of the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park next Saturday, Oct. 27.

The Fall Festival of Racing card also features five $150,000 stakes races on the turf. The Laurel Futurity for 2-year-olds has 37 nominees. The Selima Stakes for 2-year-old fillies attracted 38 pre-entries. The Laurel Dash drew 46 nominations. The Lady Baltimore Stakes for fillies and mares has 50 nominations. The 1-1/2 mile Laurel Turf Cup features 39 nominations.





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Sunday, October 14 2012


LAUREL PARK TODAY


HAMMOND HOPING TO FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MENTORS
LAUREL, MD. 10-13-12---Scott Hammond moved to the United States nearly 20 years ago in search of the American Dream. He moved one step closer by saddling his first winner in the state of Maryland when Belgian Beer rallied to win Monday’s third race at 13-1 odds.
“It was great, he is an honest horse and runs hard every time,” Hammond said. “It was a shame the first one could not happen here. I want to be successful in Maryland.”





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Tuesday, October 09 2012


LAUREL PARK RACE RESULTS IN TWO DEAD HEATS


LAUREL, MD. 10-08-12---Race seven at Laurel Park literally went down to the wire Monday afternoon as four horses arrived at the finish line together, resulting in a rather unique climax, a dead heat for first and a dead heat for third.

The one mile test on the firm turf for was for optional claiming runners. A final charge to the finish line included 21-1 shot Rockaby Bay and Masterel, who finished on even terms for the win and bang-bang finish by Elkhorn Creek and Colonel Bill, who tied for third, just a neck behind the winners.





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Sunday, October 07 2012


PAGAN PRIESTESS PREVAILS IN MARYLAND MILLION LADIES


LAUREL, MD. 10-06-12---Former Maryland mainstay turned New York journeyman Mike Luzzi gave a flawless performance as he guided Pagan Priestess to victory in the $100,000 Jim McKay Maryland Million Ladies at Laurel Park.

Traversing the firm turf in 1:49.40 for the nine furlong distance, Pagan Priestess threaded her way through traffic and slipped inside frontrunner Weeper in mid-stretch to win by a length, with Dance With Gio finishing a fast closing third.





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ROADHOG RUNS DOWN THE FIELD IN THE MARYLAND MILLION TURF


LAUREL, MD. 10-06-12---Liz Merryman joined her siblings as a winning trainers on Maryland Million day when Ellendale Racing’s Roadhog powered to victory in the $100,000 Jim McKay Maryland Million Turf at Laurel Park.

Merryman joins her brother Edwin and sisters Ann Merryman and Katy Voss who have all been to the winners’ circle at least once on Maryland’s Day at the Races. Edwin won earlier on the card with Jazzy Idea in the Oaks.





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NOT ABROAD TRIUMPHS IN MARYLAND MILLION CLASSIC


LAUREL, MD. 10-06-12---Jockey Nick Petro and his mount Not Abroad saw an inviting opening along the rail as they circled the far turn. They galloped through the gaping hole, came out the clear leader and drew off to win the $150,000 Jim McKay Maryland Million Classic at Laurel Park.

The Maryland Million is the most important racing day at Laurel Park with 11 races for runners sired by Maryland-based stallions for combined purses totaling $1.05 million. The 27th annual event drew a crowd of 18,420 on Saturday afternoon.





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Friday, October 05 2012


NOT FOR LOVE TOPS MARYLAND MILLION STALLION LIST


LAUREL, MD. 10-05-12---Introduced in 1986, the Jim McKay Maryland Million, a program of races restricted to the offspring of Maryland-based stallions, continues to receive strong support from Maryland's extensive breeding industry.

Maryland-sired Thoroughbreds are nominated before they become 2-year-olds and remain eligible for life to run in the Maryland Million races. After 26 runnings, 220 stallions have sired runners in Maryland Million races. Saturday afternoon, twenty-eight stallions will be represented, including first-timers Greek Sun and M Eighty.




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Thursday, October 04 2012


BEN’S CAT LOOKING TO MAKE MARYLAND MILLION HISTORY


LAUREL, MD. 10-04-12---Ben’s Cat will be looking to become the fourth horse to win a Maryland Million race three consecutive years in the $100,000 Maryland Million Turf Sprint, one of 11 races Saturday at Laurel Park. The runners to complete the three-peat are Hall of Famer Safely Kept (Distaff, ’89-91), Countus In (Ladies, ’89-91) and Mz. Zill Bear (Ladies, ’93-95).

The son of Parker’s Storm Cat became King Leatherbury’s first millionaire with a victory in the Turf Monster Handicap (G3) at Parx Racing in his last start. He has won 17-of-26 starts with earnings of $1,161,090.





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Wednesday, October 03 2012


SATURDAY’S JIM MCKAY MARYLAND MILLION DAY FEATURES 106 STARTERS


LAUREL, MD. 10-03-12---The 27th Jim McKay Maryland Million, a festive homecoming for Marylanders, attracted 106 entrants to the eleven race program which will be presented this Saturday at Laurel Park. First post for the $1.05 million day is 12:35 p.m.

The $150,000 Maryland Million Classic at 1-1/8 miles features six runners, including defending champion Eighttofasttocatch, last year’s runner-up Cactus Charlie and third place finisher Not Abroad plus two others who competed in the race the last two years.





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