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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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Friday, September 28 2012


Maryland Million Nominations Include Three Defending Champions


LAUREL, MD. 09-28-12---The Laurel Park racing office announced this morning that a total of 155 pre-entries (137 horses as 17 were cross-entered, including Steady Warrior who is nominated to three races) were named to the 11 races which comprise the 2012 Jim McKay Maryland Million. The 27th running of the event will take place at Laurel Park next Saturday, Oct. 6. First post is 12:35 p.m.

The post position draw for the $1.05 million day will be held at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Laurel’s Terrace Dining Room.





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Saturday, September 22 2012


Laurel Park News 09-21-12


NESS, CASTELLANO TEAM UP FOR THREE ON FRIDAY’S CARD

LAUREL, MD. 09-21-12---Trainer Jamie Ness and jockey Abel Castellano teamed up to win three races on the Friday card at Laurel Park, crossing the finish line first with Anchovy ($2.60-first), Lemon Juice ($2.80-fourth) and Drunken Love ($4-fifth). All three are owned by Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc.

After 11 days of the fall meeting, Ness tops the trainer standings, with 11 victories from 31 starters. Castellano leads the rider standings with 16 wins. Ten have been aboard Ness runners.





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Friday, September 21 2012


Track Of Terror Returns To Laurel Park On October 26


(Laurel, MD – September 20, 2012) “The Track of Terror” Halloween Bash returns to Laurel Park for 2012. The Maryland Jockey Club is projecting a record crowd as plans for two separate haunted adventures are set in motion. Taking place on Friday, October 26th, this 21-and-over party is presented by Sam Adams Octoberfest and will feature a DJ dance party, $3 16 oz beers and of course – the most horrifying haunts in the region.

Ensuring that the Sam Adams “Track of Terror” Halloween Bash is top-flight, the Maryland Jockey Club has again partnered with Jeff Keiling of Brite Ideas to transform century old Laurel Park into what promises to be the most extravagant and memorable haunted house in the region. Mr. Keiling is a renowned House of Horror creator and brings over 13 years of experience from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to Washington, DC.





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