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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Wednesday, September 05 2012


JAMEELA STAKES HEADLINES OPENING DAY CARD


LAUREL, MD. 09-04-12---The 17-week Laurel Park fall meeting begins Wednesday afternoon with a nine-race card, headlined by the $100,000 Jameela Stakes for Maryland-bred fillies and mares. The 6-furlong test, scheduled for the turf, drew a full field of 11 plus an also-eligible runner.

Maryland Jockey Club handicapper Frank Carulli made Jazzy Idea the 2-1 morning line favorite. The daughter of Great Notion has five wins and five second place finishes in 14 career starts. The Edwin Merryman trainee spent the summer at Saratoga with respectable finishes in the Grade 1 Prioress and Grade 1 Test. Luis Garcia will be aboard the 3-year-old filly, who has a pair of stakes wins on the turf this year.





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Saturday, September 01 2012


LIVE RACING RETURNS TO LAUREL PARK WEDNESDAY FOR FALL MEETING


LAUREL, MD. 08-31-12---After a 15-week break, live racing will resume at the major Maryland tracks two days after Labor Day. The 2012 fall meeting begins at Laurel Park Wednesday afternoon (post time 1:10 p.m). Racing will take place four days a week through the end of the year on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule, holidays excluded.

“Our last live racing day was Preakness day at Pimlico, so it will be good to be back,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “Expect to see plenty of turf racing during the meet. For the bettors, we are bringing back the JACKPOT PICK 5, which was a very popular for us in May at Pimlico where the Preakness week carryover grew to over $1 million. Since we have been away for the summer, it is important to have a wager that could lead to a major payday.”





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