Friday, March 09 2012


BALTIMORE BELLE, BOLD AFFAIR HEADLINE CONNIVER STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 03-08-12---With eleven named to start, the spotlight is on open stakes winners Baltimore Belle and Bold Affair in Saturday’s $75,000 Conniver Stakes at Laurel Park, which is restricted to Maryland-bred fillies and mares.

They will be joined at the start by state-bred stakes winners Access to Charlie, Art of the Hunt and seven other runners in the 7-furlong test on the main track.





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Saturday, February 25 2012


THE LUMBER MAN HEADLINES SATURDAY’S MIRACLE WOOD STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 02-24-12---The numbers jump off the page on The Lumber Man, the 7-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s $100,000 Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park. The 7-furlong test drew a field of nine colts and geldings.

The Lumber Guy earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 90 in his only start, a maiden win at Aqueduct last month for trainer Michael Hushion. The son of Grand Slam showed early speed against restricted company before drawing off to a 9-1/4 length victory. Julian Pimentel gets his first chance on the colt.





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Tuesday, February 21 2012


DUTROW RUNNERS FINISH ONE-TWO IN GENERAL GEORGE HANDICAP


LAUREL, MD. 02-20-12---Yawanna Twist and This Ones for Phil, from the powerful New York barn of trainer Rick Dutrow finished one-two respectively in today’s President’s day feature at Laurel Park, the $200,000 General George Handicap (G2).

Yawanna Twist, who finished fourth in the 2010 Preakness Stakes (G1), was winning a stakes for the first time for Steel Your Face Stables. Ridden by Mike Luzzi, the son of Yonaguska chased stablemate This Ones for Phil and jockey Ramon Dominguez down the backstretch, moved to the rail and held that position to the top of the stretch, then rallied up the fence to win by a half-length while covering the 7-furlong distance in 1:22.38.





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Friday, February 17 2012


TOBY’S CORNER RETURNS IN MONDAY’S GENERAL GEORGE HANDICAP


LAUREL, MD. 02-16-12---The Laurel Park racing office was able to attract one of the top contenders from the 2011 Triple Crown trail for Monday’s $200,000 General George Handicap (G2). The General George is race nine of 10 on the holiday card with a post time of approximately 4:40 p.m. Eastern.

Toby’s Corner was considered one of the favorites for last year’s Kentucky Derby (G1) after upsetting Uncle Mo in the Wood Memorial (G1) but trainer Graham Motion had to scratch the son of Bellamy Road the week of the Derby after the colt injured his left hind leg in training.





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Thursday, February 16 2012


Barbara Fritchie/John Campbell Advances & Rapid Redux Celebration Preview


LAUREL, MD. 02-15-12---Trainer Michael Hushion has won two of the previous four Barbara Fritchie Handicaps, winning with Golden Dawn (2008) and Harissa (2011). This Saturday, the Belmont Park-based conditioner is sending graded stakes winners Nicole H and Lovely Lil south in search of another Grade 2 score.

The storied $200,000 Fritchie kicks off holiday racing this weekend at Laurel Park. The John B. Campbell Handicap is the co-feature on Saturday with the $200,000 General George Handicap (G2) headlining Monday’s President’s day card.





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Dale Capuano One Win Away from 3,000


LAUREL, MD. 02-15-12--- Only twenty-six trainers in North American history have saddled 3,000 winners. Laurel Park-based Dale Capuano moved to within one victory of that plateau after Angels Concerto ($4.60) and apprentice jockey Kevin Navarro battled back to take the seventh race.

“I really didn’t think about where we were at until we got to be 20 away,” said Capuano, who won his initial race with Who’s Lucky at Bowie Race Track in 1981. “The final few haven’t been easy. I’d like to get it over with as soon as possible with everyone watching and wondering when it is going to happen.”





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Sunday, February 12 2012


LACIE SLEW POUNCES IN MARYLAND RACING MEDIA STAKES


LAUREL, MD. 02-15-12---John Buckley, Jr., Ralph Durante & Pennston Farm Inc.’s Lacie Slew rallied from next to last to win the $100,000 Maryland Racing Media Stakes, the feature offering this afternoon at Laurel Park.

Sent to post as the second choice in the field of five fillies and mares, Lacie Slew carried Joe Rocco, Jr. to a one length victory in 1:50.98 for the nine furlong distance contested over the fast main track. Baltimore Belle, third choice in the wagering, finished a game second and front runner Pilot Point Lady held on to finish third. Odds on favorite Acting Happy, from the powerful Rick Dutrow barn, pressed the action but gave way through the lane and finished fourth.





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Thursday, February 09 2012


Delgado Suspended 30 Calendar Days For Riding Infraction


LAUREL, MD. 02-08-12---The Maryland Racing Commission suspended jockey Alberto Delgado thirty calendar days for his ride aboard My Sweet Nenana in last Wednesday’s seventh race at Laurel Park. Stewards Phil Grove, John Burke and Adam Campola handed down the suspension, which will begin Sunday, February 12, at a hearing this morning at Laurel Park. Delgado will not be eligible to ride again until Tuesday, March 13.

According to the Equibase chart, My Sweet Nenana, the 1-2 favorite in the $5,000 claimer for fillies and mares, was “a bit rank leaving the starting gate, was immediately taken in hand, stayed inside horses and raced on her own courage.” The daughter of Jazz Club, who had not won since an upset victory in the 2010 Maryland Million Ladies at odds of 58-1, finished seventh of 10, nine lengths behind winner Iris’ Proverb.





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Saturday, February 04 2012


Dance to Bristol Scores Easily in Marshua Stakes


LAUREL , MD. 2-4-12---Copperville Farm’s Dance to Bristol scored an easy win in today’s feature at Laurel Park, the $100,000 Marshua Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Sent to post at 4-5 under Elias Peltrouche, the Charles Town-based shipper pressed the easy pace of Double the Energy before ranging up to take the lead in mid-stretch and pulling away to win by 5-3/4 lengths. Terralba rallied to take second and Defy Gravity was third.





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Sunday, January 29 2012


Dancing Count Stakes/Ferris Allen Honored For 2,000 Wins


BEGGARTHYNEIGHOR DRIVES TO VICTORY IN DANCING COUNT STAKES

LAUREL, MD, 01-28-12---Klaravich Stables, Inc & William Lawrence’s Beggarthyneighbor proved that Beyer numbers are as good a handicapping tool as any as the New York-based invader drove to victory in the $100,000 Dancing Count Stakes for 3-year-olds this afternoon at Laurel Park.

Coming off a maiden win at Aqueduct on New Year‘s Day, the Chad Brown trainee sat off the pace set by Costas Fiftieth before wrestling the lead in mid-stretch while under hard urging by jockey Malcolm Franklin to win by a length in 1:09.80. Trippi’s Secret fended off Ill Conceived to take second.





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Friday, January 27 2012


Castellano Rides Four Winners-Stakes Advance-Maryland Million Polar Bear Plungers


LAUREL, MD. 01-26-12---Abel Castellano rode four winners Thursday afternoon to take over the top spot in the jockey standings at the Laurel Park winter meeting.

The 28-year-old won aboard Lord Kipling ($3.40-second), Yano ($4.40-third), Myrasira ($7.20-seventh) and Diner Gal ($6.20-ninth).





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Thursday, January 26 2012


PENNIES APPEAL WINS THRILLING THREE-WAY PHOTO


LAUREL, MD. 01-25-12---Pennies Appeal, who was claimed in December by owner Robert Cole of Rapid Redux fame, surged from fourth place just a half-furlong from the finish to win in a blanket finish in today’s eighth race at Laurel Park, a $31,000 allowance.

The winning margin was a nose over Allwewantforxmas, with Promise Me another nose farther back in third. The result was in doubt until the placing judges could review the photo, as each horse pushed a nose in front at some point in the final jumps to the wire.





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