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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Wednesday, July 18 2012


LAUREL PARK FALL MEET SCHEDULE WILL INCLUDE INCREASED NUMBER OF STAKES RACES AND RICHER PURSES


LAUREL, MD. 07-17-12---The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled the 2012 Laurel Park fall schedule today after reaching agreement with both the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Horse Breeders Association. The schedule was approved by the Maryland Racing Commission earlier this afternoon at its monthly meeting.

After a 15-week break, which will include seven live days of racing at Timonium during the State Fair in late August and early September, live racing will resume at the major tracks two days after Labor Day. Racing will take place four days a week through the end of the year on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule, holidays excluded.





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Saturday, April 28 2012


DONE TALKING WORKS BULLET AT LAUREL PARK IN FINAL KENTUCKY DERBY PREP


LAUREL, MD. 04-28-12---Illinois Derby (G3) winner Done Talking worked 5-furlongs at Laurel Park Saturday morning in his final work before next Saturday’s $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs.

The Hamilton Smith trainee stopped the clock in 1:01 seconds and galloped out in 1:14.60 with regular rider Sheldon Russell aboard. It was the fastest of 17 works at the distance.





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Thursday, March 29 2012


NINE FILLIES AND MARES SEEK BLACK TYPE IN SHINE AGAIN STAKES


BALTIMORE, 03-29-12---The $50,000 Shine Again Stakes, the first stakes race of the Pimlico Race Course spring meeting, brings together nine Maryland-bred fillies and mares in search of their first added money score. The 1-1/6th mile test is race ten on an eleven race, opening weekend program.

A contest for non-winners of a stakes is often a handicapping jumble and this edition is a prime example.





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PIMLICO SPRING MEETING OPENS FRIDAY AFTERNOON


BALTIMORE, 03-28-12---Live racing in Maryland shifts to historic Pimlico Race Course Friday, March 30 for the spring meeting. The ten-race card begins at 1:10 p.m. Eastern. The headline event of the eight-week stand is the 137th running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (G1), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, on May 19.

Live racing will take place four days a week on a Thursday through Sunday schedule (with holiday exceptions).





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Sunday, March 25 2012


RUSSELL, KOBISKIE CAPTURE LAUREL PARK WINTER MEET TITLES


LAUREL, MD. 03-24-12---The 12-week Laurel Park winter meeting ended today with Sheldon Russell and Dane Kobiskie winning individual titles. The 48-day stand began at the central Maryland track on January 4.

Russell, the top jockey in the Maryland colony a year ago, topped the rider standings with 54 first place finishes, 21 more than Malcolm Franklin. The 24-year-old had 16 multiple win days during the meet, including nine in the last four weeks of the stand.





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