Total handle on Laurel Park's Tesio Preview Day Saturday was up 18 percent over last year while in-state wagering was up 11.4 percent.
Total handle on the 11-race program was $3.866 million. Saturday's program, which featured five stakes races, was highlighted by Alwaysmining winning the $100,000 Private Terms and Las Setas winning the $100,000 Beyond The Wire.
“We continue to see our races growing more popular with the wagering public,” said Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra. “Our racing office put on a strong program today and we saw great support from horsemen throughout the country. Meanwhile, customers continue to come out to the facility and enjoy the renovations.
“We feel our racing program continues to grow stronger and we're very much looking forward to the next several weeks with the return of turf racing and with our April 20 program featuring seven stakes, including four MATCH Series races, and the Tesio, which includes an automatic berth in the Preakness Stakes (G1), and Weber City, which provides an automatic berth in the Black-Eyed Susan (G2).”
Alwaysmining, a 3-year-old son of Stay Thirsty, has won five consecutive races and four consecutive stakes while Las Setas, a 3-year-old filly by Seville, has won three consecutive races and two consecutive stakes.
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