Hamilton Smith

‘Proud’ Hamilton Smith Saddles 2,000th Career Winner Friday At Laurel

Sweet Home Dixie swept past her rivals on the far turn and powered through the stretch to run her win streak to five races and give trainer Hamilton Smith his 2,000th career victory Friday at Laurel Park. Bred an owned by Smith’s older brother and ridden by Maryland’s 2019 champion jockey Trevor McCarthy, Sweet Home […]

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‘The Crab Is In’: Maryland-Based Trainer Smith Approaching 2,000-Win Milestone

A weathered sign hangs from twisted wire on the green-painted office door of trainer Hamilton Smith’s barn at Laurel Park, aged by years of hot sun and harsh winters. Greeting visitors is the unblinking stare of a faded crustacean, holding a message in its claws. “The Crab Is In.” Don’t be fooled by the message, […]

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Maryland Star Talk Show Man Retired

Dr. Michael J. Harrison’s homebred Talk Show Man, who spoiled Phlash Phelps’ bid for a record third Maryland Million Turf victory last fall, won’t get the chance to become a three-time winner himself. Trainer Hamilton Smith said the 9-year-old Great Notion gelding has been retired after winning eight of 40 lifetime starts and $456,556 in […]

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Enchanted Ghost Proves Best In Maryland Racing Media Stakes

Mens Grille Racing’s Enchanted Ghost, headed at the top of the stretch by Indy’s Lady, scared up a rally along the inside and edged clear through the lane to spring a half-length upset of the $100,000 Maryland Racing Media Stakes on a special Presidents Day holiday program Monday at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md. Trained […]

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Alwaysmining Strikes Gold In Maryland Juvenile Futurity

Runnymede Racing’s Alwaysmining went straight to the front under jockey Daniel Centeno and never looked to register his first stakes victory with another impressive front-running performance in Saturday’s $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity at Laurel Park. The 37th running of the Juvenile Futurity for 2-year-olds and the 33rd renewal of the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship […]

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Trainer Jason Smith Gets First Win At Laurel, Bests Two Runners Trained By His Father

While the decision to make a career training horses took some time, Jason Smith didn’t have to wait long to get his first winner. Smith, 38, sent out Bay of Rocks for his maiden victory Sept. 28 at Laurel Park and in the process beat a pair of horses trained by his father, Laurel-based Hamilton […]

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Hamilton Smith Saddles Four Winners Sunday At Laurel

Trainer Hamilton Smith, a perennial leading trainer in Maryland, saddled four winners on Sunday’s 10-race program at Laurel Park. Smith, who began his training career in 1976 and has won more than 1,900 races, started the day saddling the winner of the early double, True Cat ($4.40) and Queen of Schmooze ($4.20). He then saddled the winner […]

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No Contest: Spill In Race 3 At Laurel Forces Outriders To Intervene

A spill involving 6-5 favorite Leather Goods and jockey Alex Cintron caused Sunday’s third race, a $24,000 starter optional claimer for 3-year-olds and up at about 1 1/16 miles on the main track, to be declared a no contest. Cintron and Leather Goods, trained by Hamilton Smith, broke from Post 2 and were trailing the seven-horse field […]

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Broken Toes Will Keep Pimentel On The Sidelines For Four To Six Weeks

Jockey Julian Pimentel, ranked among the leading riders at Laurel’s current winter-sprint meet, will miss the next four to six weeks with two broken toes, agent Roniel Gerardo said Sunday. Pimentel was injured when he was thrown from his mount, 3-year-old filly Quick Witted, while waiting to load for Saturday’s 10th race finale at Laurel, […]

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Talk Show Man Denies Ben’s Cat in Maryland Million Turf

Michael J. Harrison’s Talk Show Man caught the ever gallant Ben’s Cat as the duo closed in on the finish line and won the $125,000 Maryland Million Turf at Laurel Park. For the second year in a row Ben’s Cat placed in the Turf. Last year he fell victim to Roadhog, who loomed large but […]

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