“I have been thinking about this for some time,” Russell said. “You rarely get these opportunities and this move will help me become a better rider.”
On November 7, Rosie Napravnik informed the Maryland Jockey Club communications staff that she would be riding in New York for the winter. The 20-year-old begins this Saturday at Aqueduct, a month sooner than expected.
The jockey colony also lost Ryan Fogelsonger earlier this year. The 2002 Eclipse Award winning apprentice is now riding at Hawthorne after a solid meet at Presque Isle Downs.
HOLIDAY WEEK INCLUDES THANKSGIVING DAY CARD AND GUYS DAY OUT
Thanksgiving traditions: turkey dinner, NFL games and thoroughbred racing in Maryland. Laurel Park offers a special 11:05 a.m. post time Thursday with a nine-race card. The first 5,500 in attendance receive a free pumpkin or apple pie. The 21st annual give-away begins shortly after the fifth race. Another 1,800 pies will be given out at Pimlico Race Course. Free donuts with coffee or cider will also be available from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Laurel’s terrace dining room will feature a traditional, home-style Thanksgiving buffet for $22.95.
Friday will be “Guys Day Out” with free admission to Laurel Park for all men, half-priced draft beers and 11 giveaways, including a chance to win tickets to a Washington Wizards or Baltimore Orioles game.
The holiday week wraps up Saturday afternoon with a nine-race program, including the $50,000 Squan Song Stakes.