Wednesday, March 21 2012


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


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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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


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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Friday, March 09 2012


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


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


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


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


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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