Sunday, January 22 2012


Capuano Moves To Within 5 of 3,000/Pino Now 12th on All-Time Win List


LAUREL, MD. 01-21-12---Only twenty-five trainers in North American history have saddled 3,000 winners. Laurel Park-based Dale Capuano moved to within five victories of that plateau after Maple Leaf Racer ($4) won Saturday’s third race by a nose over Wakina.

“We are getting there,” said Capuano, who won his initial race with Who’s Lucky at Bowie Race Track in 1981. “This is fun. It is neat chasing history.”





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Friday, January 20 2012


EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH, RED’S ROUND TABLE MAKE 2012 DEBUTS SATURDAY


LAUREL, MD. 01-20-12---Eighttofasttocatch and Red’s Round Table, who combined to win seven stakes races for trainer Tim Keefe last year, will make their 2012 debuts Saturday afternoon.

Eighttofasttocatch is the second choice on the morning line in the $75,000 Evening Attire Stakes at Aqueduct. Keefe put three solid works into his now 6-year-old since a wire-to-wire score in the Jennings Handicap at Laurel Park on December 3. Sheldon Russell will make the trip to ride.





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Sunday, January 15 2012


RUSSELL, KOBISKIE HONORED FOR 2011 TITLES AND EACH WIN TWO RACES ON SATURDAY CARD


LAUREL, MD. 01-14-12---The Maryland Jockey Club honored jockey Sheldon Russell and trainer Dane Kobiskie between races Saturday for finishing atop the standings at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course last year.

In addition to the presentations, both Russell and Kobiskie visited the winners’ circle twice this afternoon.





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Friday, January 13 2012


MARYLAND RACING COMMISSION STEWARDS DQ KING AND CRUSADER FROM MARYLAND JUVENILE CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY


LAUREL, MD. 01-13-12---King and Crusader was disqualified from an upset score in the Maryland Juvenile Championship at Laurel Park on December 17, 2011 for receiving a medication too close to the race. Glib, who finished 1-1/4 lengths behind the winner, has been declared the victor.

The decision was made earlier this week by Maryland Racing Commission stewards Phil Grove, John Burke and Adam Campola after a hearing last Saturday. The trainers of the second, third and fourth place finishers of the race filed a protest after discovering that King and Crusader, who was shipping in from Rick Dutrow’s Aqueduct barn, was treated for Lasix by a private veterinarian within two hours of the race, a violation of COMAR 09.10.03.04 B.





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Call of a Lion’s Win Streak Ends At Seven


LAUREL, MD. 01-12-12---The streak was stopped at seven this afternoon after C & B Stable’s Call of a Lion finished third against starter allowance company at Laurel Park. Regal Nurse and Fix You beat Call of a Lion to the finish line in the one-mile test.

Claimed for $5,000 on January 17, 2011 by Charles “Snake” Frock, Call of a Lion was a perfect seven-for-seven a year ago, including six victories for Frock, who raised the daughter of Lion Hearted but lost her via the claim for $32,000 to owner Robert Cole and trainer Scott Lake in August 2010 at Monmouth Park. Her wins included the 2011 Maryland Million Distaff Starter Handicap on October 1.





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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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