Wednesday, January 11 2012


BARBARA FRITCHIE AND GENERAL GEORGE HANDICAPS HEADLINE WINTER STAKES SCHEDULE


LAUREL, MD. 12-12---The 2012 Laurel Park winter meeting will feature 11 stakes races, pending Maryland Racing Commission approval, after the Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association agreed to a schedule. The next commission meeting is Tuesday, January 17 at Laurel Park.

Headlining the program will be a pair of Grade 2 $200,000 seven-furlong sprints on President’s Day weekend: the Barbara Fritchie Handicap for fillies and mares on Saturday, February 18 and the General George Handicap for males two days later.





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Saturday, January 07 2012


ROOK OUT SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS WITH BROKEN COLLARBONE


LAUREL, MD. 01-06-12---Apprentice rider Sarah Rook will miss six to eight weeks after breaking her left collarbone Thursday afternoon at Laurel Park. Rook was tossed from Nucky Thompson while galloping out following a third place finish in the finale.

“She is in good spirits,” said Tim Walsh, her agent.





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Wednesday, January 04 2012


RAPID REDUX HOLDS OFF AWESOME RHYTHM FOR HIS 22ND CONSECUTIVE VICTORY


LAUREL, MD. 01-04-12---What a day it was for Rapid Redux’s owner Robert Cole! This morning it was announced Rapid Redux had earned a Special Eclipse Award and a trip to Beverly Hills for the Baltimore County native later this month. A couple hours later baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson wished him well as his star runner looked to continue his winning ways. Then Rapid Redux did his part, holding off Awesome Rhythm in the sixth race at Laurel Park for his 22nd consecutive victory.

“Being a local it is fun winning in front of the home crowd,” said Cole, a 1981 graduate of Loch Raven High School. “A lot of my friends are here. I was a bettor for years before I was an owner. I know the people here and it is fun to win with my friends.”





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Friday, December 30 2011


RAPID REDUX GOES FOR HIS 22ND CONSECUTIVE VICTORY WEDNESDAY AT LAUREL PARK


LAUREL, MD. 12-30-11---Rapid Redux will go for his 22nd consecutive victory when he starts in Wednesday afternoon’s 6th race, a $17,000 starter allowance. The January 4th card is opening day of the 2012 Laurel Park winter meeting.

Rapid Redux was a perfect 19-for-19 as a 5-year-old in 2011, including five scores at Laurel. Rapid Redux tied Zenyatta and Peppers Pride for the most consecutive wins by a United States-based runner with his 19th straight victory here on October 27 and equaled Citation’s mark of 19 wins in a calendar year at the central Maryland track on December 13.





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Tuesday, December 20 2011


MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB TO RACE 146 DAYS IN 2012


LAUREL, MD. 12-20-11---Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course will conduct 146 days of racing in 2012, the same number that was scheduled the last two years after the Maryland Racing Commission approved an agreement by the Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association at its monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon at Laurel Park.

“We are very pleased to be racing next year,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “I would like to personally thank Governor O’Malley, his chief legislative officer Joe Bryce and the Maryland Racing Commission, especially John McDaniel, for mediating the process. This agreement provides a foundation for continuing efforts to create a long-term solution to Maryland racing.”





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Sunday, December 18 2011


KING AND CRUSADER SURPRISES IN MARYLAND JUVENILE CHAMPIONSHIP


LAUREL, MD. 12-17-11---James A. Riccio’s King and Crusader made his first foray into his native state a winning one when he upset eight other Maryland-bred 2-year-olds in the $75,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship.

Rick Dutrow trains the son of Lion Heart, who was ridden for the first time today by Victor Santiago. They stole off to an uncontested lead, surrendered the front to even money favorite Glib in mid-stretch, then reclaimed the lead nearing the wire to win by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:32.09 for the 7-1/2 furlong distance. Jack’s In the Deck finished third.





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RUSSELL & KOBISKIE CAPTURE YEAR-ROUND TITLES


LAUREL, MD. 12-17-11---Sheldon Russell and Dane Kobiskie wrapped up year-end titles for the calendar year in the jockey and trainer divisions respectively at the major Maryland tracks after today’s final card of the season at Laurel Park.

Russell captured the riding title at all three meets at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course this year, finishing with 126 victories, 24 more than Julian Pimentel, including 55 during the Laurel fall meeting. The 24-year-old also led the colony with 10 stakes wins in the state, with three victories aboard Eighttofasttocatch and two with Red’s Round Table and Concealed Identity.





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PLUM GETS UP IN THE FINAL JUMP TO WIN THE MARYLAND JUVENILE FILLY CHAMPIONSHIP


LAUREL, MD. 12-17-11---Dark Hollow Farm’s Plum was up in the final jump to win the $75,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship, the co-feature on the closing day card at Laurel Park.

Travis Dunkelberger was at the controls as the daughter of Pure Prize prevailed in the 7-1/2 furlong test, as he helped her win by just a head over More Than a Cruise, with frontrunner Bluegrass Atatude two lengths farther back in third.





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Thursday, December 15 2011


LAUREL HOSTS JUVENILE CHAMPIONSHIPS ON CLOSING DAY OF THE RACING SEASON


LAUREL, MD. 12-15-11---Laurel Park rings out the racing calendar on Saturday with division ending stakes for two year olds, the $75,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship and the $75,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship.

Both contests go at 7-1/2 furlongs on the main track. More Than A Cruise is favored to beat the fillies. Glib is the program choice against the boys.





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Wednesday, December 14 2011


Rapid Redux Ties A Modern U.S. Record With 19th Victory of The Year


LAUREL, MD. 12-13-11---Rapid Redux won for the 19th time in as many starts this year, winning today’s sixth race at Laurel Park, after he out stepped five starter allowance runners. The victory, the 21st straight for the 5-year-old, ties the modern-day United States record for victories in a calendar year, which was previously shared by Triple Crown winner Citation (1948) and Hall of Famer Roseben (1905).

“I love the horse,” owner Robert Cole said. “The trainer has done an incredible job. I feel very blessed. It’s an incredible feat of luck and incredible skill by the horse. My dad talked about Citation all the time and it’s amazing here we are at 19 with Citation. There is no way you could ever imagine claiming a horse for $6,000 that would be mentioned in the same breath as Citation. It is more than a million to one. I know that and do not take it for granted.”





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Saturday, December 10 2011


GEISHA STAKES, GIVING TREE & CALENDAR GIVEAWAYS TOP SATURDAY CARD


LAUREL, MD. 12-09-11---Five stakes winners are among the seven fillies and mares entered in the $75,000 Geisha Stakes at Laurel Park, where Christmas gets off to a galloping start on Saturday afternoon.

Lucky fans selected throughout the day choose a wrapped package from the Giving Tree, which will display $10,000 worth of mystery gifts including flat screens, iPads, game systems and other prizes. Racing fans also receive a free 2012 Maryland Racing Calendar featuring photos of the past year’s racing highlights.





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Rapid Redux Is A 3-5 Morning Line Favorite To Tie Modern US Record For Most Wins In A Year


LAUREL, MD. 12-09-11---Rapid Redux has been established as the 3-5 morning line favorite by Maryland Jockey Club handicapper Frank Carulli in Tuesday’s 6th race, a $17,000 starter allowance. Rapid Redux, who broke the record for consecutive wins last month at Mountaineer Park with his 20th straight score, looks to tie the modern-day United States record for victories in a calendar year, currently shared by Citation (1948) and Roseben (1905) at 19.

The North American record is owned by Puerto Rico-based Camarero, who won 29 straight races in 1955 and another 19 consecutive a year earlier during a 56-win streak. Luke Blackburn won 22 consecutive races in 1880.





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