Sunday, October 07 2012


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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Sunday, September 16 2012


CHARGED COTTON WINS AS THE CHOICE IN ALL BRANDY STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 09-15-12---Sagamore Farm’s Charged Cotton left the starting gate as the 7-5 favorite and lived up to top billing with a rallying score in the $100,000 All Brandy Stakes for registered Maryland-bred fillies and mares at Laurel Park.

The All Brandy was contested over the firm turf and included ten starters. Horacio Karamanos was at the controls as Charged Cotton, a lightly raced daughter of Dehere, stalked the pace from fifth before swinging three wide into the stretch and overtaking frontrunner Daydreamin Gracie, before holding off a late surge by longshot Grant Park to win by a length and a quarter.





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Saturday, September 15 2012


FORMER RIDER FORREST SADDLES FIRST WINNER


LAUREL, MD. 09-14-12---Rider turned trainer Charles Forrest saddled his first winner when first-time-starter Burning Vow rallied to win this afternoon’s fourth race at Laurel Park.

Seven two-year-old fillies went to post in the 5-1/2 furlong test for $10,000 claiming maidens. Abel Castellano was aboard the chestnut daughter of Burning Roma, who charged down the lane to catch Pink Beauty just before the finish line and win by 1-1/2 lengths.





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Friday, September 14 2012


BALTIMORE BELLE FAVORED IN SATURDAY’S ALL BRANDY STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 09-13-12---Baltimore Belle returns to the scene of her last two stakes victories when she leads a field of ten registered Maryland-bred fillies and mares across the turf in the $100,000 All Brandy Stakes Saturday at Laurel Park.

Baltimore Belle (9-5) won both the Lady Baltimore and Geisha Stakes here to end her 2011 campaign. This year she’s started six times for trainer Mike Trombetta, with seconds in the Sleigh Ride Stakes at Parx, the Maryland Racing Media Stakes and Conniver Stakes at Laurel. The daughter of Bowman’s Band comes into the race off back-to-back seventh place finishes in the Windward Stakes at Presque Isle Downs on July 3 and the G3 Gallorette Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on the Preakness undercard.





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Sunday, September 09 2012


Japan Racing Association Stakes/Regal Solo Preps For Maryland Million/Turf Records Fall


LAUREL, MD. 09-08-12---Non Stop Stable’s See Tobe was the leader of the pack as he chased three speedsters up front, then came flying down the lane to win the $125,000 Japan Racing Association Stakes, today’s feature contested over the good turf at Laurel Park.

Sent to the post at odds of 7-1 under jockey Julian Pimentel, the son of Concerto beat longshot Mr. Irons by a length and a quarter, while Dannhauser nipped London Lane to finish third. See Tobe completed the 1-1/16th mile distance in 1:44.53.





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Thursday, September 06 2012


JAZZY IDEA SETS COURSE RECORD IN JAMEELA STAKES, LAUREL PARK’S OPENING DAY FEATURE


LAUREL, MD. 09-05-12---Owner trainer Edwin Merryman’s Jazzy Idea swept past the leaders in deep stretch and won going away in the $100,000 Jameela Stakes, the opening day feature of the Laurel Park fall meeting. In doing so, she set a new course record.

Ridden by Luis Garcia and sent to post at even money against eight other Maryland-bred fillies and mares, Jazzy Idea completed the distance over the firm turf in 1:07.45 to better the mark set by Chasin Tiger in 2007.





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