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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EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH CAPTURES HARRISON JOHNSON MEMORIAL STAKES FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR


LAUREL, MD. 03-24-12---Sylvia Heft’s Eighttofasttocatch had to work hard for it, but at the finish he was the repeat winner of the $100,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes, the closing day feature at Laurel Park.

Under guidance by the meeting’s leading rider Sheldon Russell, the son of Not For Love was quick to assume the lead in the 1-1/8th mile test. Nearing the far turn Cherokee Artist pushed inside the leader and got to the front, setting up a duel that would not be decided until the final furlong, where Eighttofasttocatch put away his rival and won in 1:53.43 over a surface rated good. Cherokee Artist finished a length back in second and Indian Jones was another 2-1/2 lengths back in third.





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Thursday, March 22 2012


EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH TOWERS OVER RIVALS IN HARRISON JOHNSON MEMORIAL STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 03-22-12---Defending champion Eighttofasttocatch has a mile and an eighth to dispense with five rivals in Saturday’s $100,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes, the closing day feature of the winter meeting at Laurel Park.

Eighttofasttocatch (4-5) won five races at Laurel in 2011, including four stakes races, with an average Beyer Speed figure exceeding 100 and finished fourth in the voting for Maryland-bred Horse of the Year behind graded winners Ben’s Cat, Ask the Moon and Havelock.





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Wednesday, March 21 2012


107-1 LONGSHOT CAPTURES WEDNESDAY FINALE


LAUREL, MD. 03-21-12---Janon Fisher III’s Wire Funds was completely overlooked in the wagering, as he entered the starting gate for the Wednesday finale at odds of 107-1 but the oversight meant nothing to the home-bred when he launched a furious rally to post the surprising victory.

The Maryland-bred 4-year-old, who was ridden by Geovany Garcia, was one for eighteen lifetime and had not won a race since breaking his maiden at Charles Town last July. Last racing into the far turn, he picked his way forward and was up in time to beat Alston Gunter by a half-length.





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Sunday, March 18 2012


Private Terms Stakes/Turf Season Begins On St. Patrick’s Day


Dogwood Stable’s Raconteur caught Hakama in the final jump to win the $100,000 Private Terms Stakes, the feature offering on a spring-like, St. Patrick’s Day afternoon at Laurel Park.

Raconteur raced behind the first four runners into the turn, then launched his bid four wide into the lane, slowly edging toward Hakama until the very shadow of the wire, winning by a head. Brimstone Island finished another 1-3/4 lengths back in third.





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Friday, March 16 2012


DEAD HEAT HIGHLIGHTS FRIDAY CARD


LAUREL, MD. 03-16-12---Milwaukee Chief and Arctic Raven provided a thrilling finish to today’s seventh race at Laurel Park, hitting the wire together in a dead heat.

Milwaukee Chief appeared to be the winner of the $13,000 claimer after gaining the lead late but Arctic Raven loomed on the outside and closed determinedly and was up at the wire as the duo crossing the line simultaneously. Let Me Be Frank was just a nose behind the winners in third.





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NINE CLOSELY MATCHED THREE-YEAR-OLDS MEET IN PRIVATE TERMS STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 03-15-12--- Saturday feature, the $100,000 Private Terms Stakes, has come up a wide open affair as nine 3-year-olds are slated to race one mile over Laurel Park’s main track.

Dangerous Lad (5-2), a New York based son of Bob and John, is two for three lifetime with an impressive maiden victory at Woodbine and a strong win over optional claimers at Aqueduct in late January. Trainer John Terranova has named Abel Castellano to ride.





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Wednesday, March 14 2012


TURF SEASON BEGINS SATURDAY AFTERNOON


LAUREL, MD. 03-14-12---In a sure sign that spring has arrived, Saturday afternoon’s card at Laurel Park will include the first two turf races of the year, exactly one week before the end of the winter meeting.

“I was very excited when my turf man (Robbie Mitten) came to into the office last week and said it was possible for us to run on the grass during the final week of the meet,” Maryland Jockey Club Racing Secretary Georganne Hale said. “We had been telling trainers it was not going to happen until we got to Pimlico for the spring meet but we were able to give some advance notice on the overnight and got two full fields.”





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