Saturday, October 22 2016


Phlash Phelps Defends Maryland Million Turf Title


Devilish Love Edges Complete St. in Maryland Million Ladies

LAUREL, MD – Hillwood Stable LLC’s Phlash Phelps overcame a wide trip from his outside post position to defend his title in the $125,000 Maryland Million Turf, prevailing by 1 ¼ lengths while narrowly missing a course record in the mile turf stakes for Maryland-sired horses.

Trained by Rodney Jenkins, the 3-5 favorite ran a mile over a firm Dahlia Turf Course in 1:34.57, not far off Tune of the Spirit’s 2005 record of 1:34.26. The Maryland-bred 5-year-old gelding did surpass his stakes record of 1:35.35, set while winning the 2015 Maryland Million Turf by three-quarters of a length. Victor Carrasco was aboard the son of Great Notion in both Maryland Million scores.





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Goodness Gracious! Greatbullsoffire Wins Maryland Million Nursery


Pacesetter Item Withstands Double Challenge to Capture Lassie

LAUREL, MD – Kathleen Willier’s Greatbullsoffire moved to the lead on the turn into the homestretch, poised to live up to his even-money favoritism in Saturday’s $100,000 Maryland Million Nursery when 69-1 longshot Dancing With Maude swept past him to lead the way into the stretch.

Dancing With Maude opened up by more than a length in mid-stretch, but the favorite wasn’t ready to concede the six-furlong stakes for Maryland-sired 2-year-olds, finding a second wind that caught the eye of Laurel Park announcer Dave Rodman.





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Empire Distaff (NYB) Quotes


John Kimmel, winning trainer of Bar of Gold (No. 1): "We always had a question about her distance capabilities. I got to thinking more and more about it; trying to get this filly off the pace and giving her a chance to settle was always what I've been targeting for her."





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Mohawk (NYB) Quotes


Thomas Morley, winning trainer of Brother O'Connell (No. 5): "I had a feeling he could handle it, but I didn't think I could beat Ralph Nicks' horse [Tapitation, No. 8]. Johnny [Velazquez] gave him an absolute peach of a ride. He never let them get a breather in next to him. On the backside, he gave the horse half a moment just to catch his breath. As soon as Tapitation came to him, I didn't think he'd get by. It's a testament to our horse. He's come a long way this year."





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Friday, October 21 2016


Laurel Jockeys Boyce, Glaser Bring Harness Wins into Maryland Million


Journeymen Riders Capture Sulky-Cycle Challenge Events Thursday
Post Time 12:15 P.M. for Saturday’s 31st Jim McKay Maryland Million Program
Return of Marylandia Highlights ‘Maryland’s Day at the Races’ Festivities

LAUREL, MD – Laurel Park-based jockeys Forest Boyce and Lauralea Glaser tuned up for a busy Maryland Million weekend by winning exhibition harness races in the Sulky-Cycle Challenge as part of Trotoberfest at Rosecroft Raceway.

Boyce and Glaser, along with fellow Laurel jockeys Kevin Gomez and Jevian Toledo, joined harness drivers Russell Foster, Brian Burton, Mark Gray and Jason Thompson in sulky and bicycle events between races during Thursday night’s program.





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Undefeated Three Rules ‘Perfect’ in Work for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Undefeated Three Rules breezed five furlongs in 1:00.10 Friday morning at Gulfstream Park in preparation for a scheduled start in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 5.

Exercise rider Patrick Harris was aboard for the 2-year-old son of Gone Astray’s first timed workout since pulling off a sweep of the 2016 Florida Sire Stakes (FSS) at Gulfstream Oct. 1.





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Empire Showcase Day & Taste NY celebrate New York State at Belmont Park


ELMONT, N.Y. - The spotlight will again shine on the Empire State this Saturday, with eight stakes races worth $1.75 million in purses exclusively for New York-breds, along with a host of fall-themed activities and a special giveaway for Empire Showcase Day.





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Thursday, October 20 2016


Quotes from the $100,000 Sycamore (G3)


Angel Cruz (winning rider of Renown [GB])
On scoring his second graded stakes victory of Keeneland’s Fall Meet following the Darley Alcibiades (G1) on Oct. 7 on Dancing Rags
“I love Keeneland. It’s amazing. It’s beautiful.”

On his victory aboard Renown
“I had a perfect trip. The horse broke a little slow, and I just left him right there and took position. In the far turn, I had so much horse that I went wide and just circled the field.”





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New York-breds shine on Empire Showcase Day


ELMONT, N.Y. - New York-breds will take center stage on Saturday as Belmont Park hosts its annual Empire Showcase Day, featuring a unique 11-race all-state-bred card, including eight stakes races worth a total of $1.75 million in purses and anchored by the $300,000 Empire Classic Handicap.

In addition to the New York-bred racing action, Empire Showcase Day celebrates all things New York, offering an array of Taste NY food and crafts as well as a wide variety of activities that the entire family can enjoy. Gates will open at 10:30 am, with the first race scheduled for 12:25 pm.







 

Belmont Park Notes 10/20


• G1 Met Mile, Whitney hero Frosted confirmed for BC Classic
• Shaman Ghost stretches his legs for BC Classic, Prat to ride Effinex
• Hot City Girl looks to pick up family mantle on Empire Showcase Day

ELMONT, N.Y. -
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed Thursday morning that Godolphin Racing's multiple Grade 1 winner Frosted will run in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic on November 5 at Santa Anita Park.







 

Renovated and Reinvigorated Laurel Park Welcomes Maryland Million


More than $20 million in Frontside and Backside Improvements
New Technology, Lounge, Bars and Dining Rooms
Video Tour of Facility


LAUREL, MD – The Maryland Jockey Club and Laurel Park await the 31st running of the Jim McKay Maryland Million Saturday, showcasing more than $20 million in improvements to its clubhouse and grandstand, barn area, and world-class turf course.

What was an aging facility two years ago is now an exciting sports and events venue with new technology, dining, bars, lounges and a world-class turf course that has boosted field size and handle.





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Tuesday, October 18 2016


Maryland Million Draw


Maryland Million Draw to be Live Streamed Wednesday on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Lucky Viewer Can Win Apple Watch
Event Begins at 4:30 p.m. from Laurel Park
31st Maryland Million Saturday, Oct. 22

LAUREL, MD – The Maryland Jockey Club will live stream Wednesday’s Maryland Million Happy Hour Draw beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Maryland Jockey Club hosts and racing analysts Gabby Gaudet, Stan Salter and track announcer Dave Rodman will go over the post-position draw, handicap the races, and talk to owners, trainers and jockeys participating in the Maryland Million. To stream the event go to:
http://www.facebook.com/LaurelPark
http://www.twitter.com/LaurelPark
http://www.youtube.com/MarylandRacing





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