Tuesday, April 28 2009


MARYLAND RACING COMMISSION WITHDRAWS THOROUGHBRED SIGNALS FROM ROSECROFT RACEWAY


BALTIMORE, 04-28-09---At its monthly meeting this afternoon at Pimlico Race Course, the Maryland Racing Commission voted to withdraw approval of Rosecroft Raceway to import thoroughbred signals, effective midnight, April 29.

The Prince George’s County (MD) harness track owes the Maryland thoroughbred industry $2 million since January 1 and indicated at today’s meeting that it is has no intention to compensate the Maryland Jockey Club (MJC), Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) and Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MBHA).





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HRTV, ESPN360.COM TO BROADCAST PREAKNESS WEEK EVENTS


BALTIMORE, 04-27-09---Horse Racing Television (HRTV) and ESPN will team up to provide 10 and half hours shoulder programming on-air and online during Preakness week. The headline event of the week is the 134th running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, on May 16, but the week also features the Preakness post position draw and 15 other stakes races.

HRTV, a cable and satellite channel dedicated to horse racing with access to over 70 tracks, will simulcast the events on ESPN360.com for exclusive live online coverage in the US. ESPN360.com is ESPN's broadband sports network that gives fans a 24/7 online destination delivering more than 3,500 live global sports events annually. It is available at no cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection from an affiliated service provider.





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Sunday, April 26 2009


BRICKELL UPSETS THE FIELD IN HENRY CLARK STAKES


BALTIMORE, 04-25-09---Harry Kassap LLC’s Brickell scored a 50-1 upset in today’s feature, the $75,000 Henry S. Clark Stakes contested over the good turf at Pimlico Race Course. The 8-year-old was the longest shot on the board in the 11 horse field for older horses.

The son of Deputy Minister, making his 52nd lifetime start, tracked the pacesetters from third in his position along the hedge, then edged to the fore as the field straightened for home. Under jockey Harry Vega, Brickell completed the one mile distance in 1:39.80, beating late closing Independent George by 1-1/4 lengths. Midwatch, the pacesetter, finished third.





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Friday, April 24 2009


BALTIMORE NATIVE STACY KEIBLER TO BE CELEBRITY HOST FOR PREAKNESS INFIELDFEST


BALTIMORE, 04-24-09—The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that actress and Baltimore native Stacy Keibler has been named the official “celebrity host” of Preakness InfieldFEST, presented by Bud Light, at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 16, 2009.

Plans for Preakness InfieldFEST were unveiled February 5. The day will feature a concert with three rock performances, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top, Grammy-nominated Buckcherry and Maryland’s #1 Rock Band, Charm City Devils, along with a pro beach volleyball tournament and an interactive experience, including virtual NASCAR racing, prior to the running of the $1 million Preakness.





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Thursday, April 23 2009


HENRY CLARK STAKES TOPS SATURDAY CARD


BALTIMORE, 04-23-09----The $75,000 Henry S. Clark Stakes has attracted a competitive band of eleven older runners who will race a mile on the turf on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

The morning line choice is Independent George (9-5), who has won four times on the grass and raced several times against Grade I company. Trained by Graham Motion, the son of Cozzene last appeared in August at Woodbine and finished a battling fifth in the Grade II Nijinsky. Kendrick Carmouche picks up the mount.





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Wednesday, April 22 2009


MJC ANNOUNCES 2009 ALIBI BREAKFAST AWARD WINNERS


BALTIMORE, 04-22-09--The Maryland Jockey Club today announced the winners of this year’s Preakness media awards. Honorees will be recognized and awards presented at the May 14 Alibi Breakfast in the Terrace Dining Room at Pimlico Race Course. The ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. two days prior to the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I).

USA Today’s Tom Pedulla is the recipient of the David F. Woods Award for his emotional feature on the family of Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux. The Woods Award honors the best Preakness story for the previous year. Judging was done by Preakness notes team members Ed Gray, Mike Kane and Matt Graves, all award winning turf writers.





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Tuesday, April 21 2009


PIMLICO LAUNCHES NEW AND IMPROVED PREAKNESS WEBSITE


BALTIMORE, 04-21-09---Pimlico Race Course today launched a new and improved website for the 2009 Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. The redesigned http://www.preakness.com site will feature unparalleled coverage of the 134th running of the Preakness Stakes at the historic Baltimore track on Saturday, May 16, 2009.

“The people spoke and we listened,” said Kerry Carlson, Vice President of Marketing for Magna Entertainment Corp (MEC)., Pimlico’s parent company. “Over the last few months we’ve been working hard to bring a whole new Preakness experience to the web. Overall, our updates have focused on providing fans with more functionality and more information and organizing it all in an easily digestible manner.”





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Friday, April 17 2009


A PAIR OF STATE-BRED STAKES RACES HEADLINE OPENING DAY CARD


BALTIMORE, 04-16-09---The spring meeting at Pimlico Race Course gets off to a fast start on Saturday with 10 races, including a pair of stakes races for Maryland-bred fillies and mares. First post is 1:10 p.m.

The $50,000 Hookedonthefeelin has attracted nine three-year-old fillies set to race five furlongs on the turf. Not one of the entrants has ever raced on the grass. Haley’s Lolipop is the lukewarm 7-2 favorite. The Steve Klesaris trainee has stakes experience and will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik. She posted a win and a third in the Wide Country Stakes in two starts at Laurel this winter.





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Wednesday, April 15 2009


PIMLICO SPRING MEETING OPENS SATURDAY AFTERNOON


BALTIMORE, 04-15-09---Live racing shifts to historic Pimlico Race Course Saturday, April 18 for the spring meeting. The headline event of the six week stand is the 134th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes (Grade I), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, on May 16.

“You get a unique feeling driving down Winner Avenue and into the facility,” said Tom Chuckas, Maryland Jockey Club president and chief operating officer. “This is a storied place with a deep tradition and is the second oldest racetrack in the country. The Pimlico meet has a festive atmosphere buoyed by one of the premier races in our industry.”





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Friday, April 10 2009


INAUGURAL JOCKEY CHALLENGE SET FOR BLACK-EYED SUSAN DAY


BALTIMORE, 04-10-09---Eight of the nation’s top jockeys, including Eclipse Award winners Kent Desormeaux, Edgar Prado, Garrett Gomez and John Velazquez, will square off in the inaugural Jockey Challenge at Pimlico Race Course on May 15, the day before the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. The Maryland Jockey Club teamed up with the Jockeys’ Guild for the event and will make a $5,000 contribution to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

The jockey with the most points at the end of a four-race competition will be crowned champion. Riding assignments are determined by a drawing Sunday, May 10, and jockeys receive points for finishing first (12 points), second (6), third (4) and fourth (3) in each race. The champion jockey will earn $14,000. Other prize money: $10,000 (second); $8,000 (third) and $3,500 (fourth through eighth).





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Wednesday, April 08 2009


MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB REACTS TO EMINENT DOMAIN BILL AND ANNOUNCES DATE OF SLOTS APPEAL


LAUREL, MD. 04-08-09---Earlier today in the General Assembly in Annapolis, House Bill 1578 was introduced attempting to confiscate Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park, the Bowie Training Center and the Preakness® Stakes from the Maryland Jockey Club (MJC).

“We share the Governor’s interest in preserving the historic Maryland Jockey Club and the Preakness,” said MJC president and chief operating officer Tom Chuckas. ”But we question the government’s right to confiscate private property which will only lead to more confusion and litigation while these matters are in bankruptcy. The Chapter 11 process should be allowed to proceed.”





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MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB, MTHA REACH ADW AGREEMENT


BALTIMORE, 04-07-09---The Maryland Jockey Club and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) have reached comprehensive account wagering agreements with Youbet, XpressBet and TwinSpires. Specific details of the agreements will not be released, but they cover all wagers placed on live races conducted by the Maryland Jockey Club, as well as wagers placed by Maryland residents on out-of-state races.

“I am delighted with these new agreements,” said MTHA President Richard J. Hoffberger. "They are fair, address our joint concerns about the economics of racing and will benefit all parties. We have developed a joint sense of commitment and trust that will enable us to work together positively in the future. I am particularly pleased that these agreements will enhance the distribution of our product."





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