Maryland horse racing

Longtime Maryland Trainer William Wolfendale III Dies At 74

William H. ‘Wolf’ Wolfendale III, a winner of nearly 1,700 races in a training career that dated back to the mid-1960s and was spent primarily in Maryland, died Monday, March 18 at home. He was 74. Best known and well-respected for his magnanimous nature and his work with cheaper claiming horses, Wolfendale was a stakes-winning […]

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What Would Baltimore Ownership Of Pimlico Look Like?

The battle between the City of Baltimore and The Stronach Group over the future of the Preakness and Pimlico got a little more heated this week when the city filed suit to take over ownership of the track and of the second jewel of the Triple Crown. Frank Vespe at The Racing Biz questioned what […]

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Baltimore Senators Push To Kill Funding For Laurel Park Renovations

Maryland state senators from Baltimore have asked a committee to kill a bill that would provide money for the Stronach Group to invest in Laurel Park. The $120 million needed to renovate Laurel is part of existing budget allocations but the senators from Baltimore want the Budget and Taxation committee to shelve the legislation, according […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Indiana Racing & Breeding: A Maryland Melee?

Within the last few days, Baltimore’s mayor put up the dukes against the Stronach Group over the status of Pimlico Race Course and the second leg of the Triple Crown. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick talk about the future of the Preakness and horse racing in Baltimore and […]

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Sycamore Hall Named 2018 Maryland Breeder Of The Year; Great Notion Gets Stallion Title

The board of directors of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association has selected the 2018 Maryland Breeder, Broodmare and Stallion of the Year Awards, which will be presented at the second annual Maryland Thoroughbred Industry Renaissance Awards on Feb. 12 at American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Tickets for the event are may be purchased in […]

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Grade 1 Winners To Have Entry, Starting Fee Waived For 2019 Season At Laurel

In preparation for this weekend’s kickoff at Laurel Park, the Maryland Jockey Club announced today an incentive program for graded-stakes winners that participate in its stakes schedule for the 2019 season. With the exception of the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1), the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown to be run Saturday, May 18, any Grade 1 […]

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Trainers: If Pimlico Closes For Training, We May Have To Leave Maryland

After a report was released last week indicating it would take $424 million to rebuild Pimlico Race Course, trainers stabled there spoke to The Racing Biz about the practical considerations of having to face a future without racing at the historic facility. While some wondered how Laurel Park could sustain turf racing for the majority […]

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Laurel Park Moves To Four-Day Weeks Thursday For Fall Meet

Live racing at Laurel Park expands to four days a week starting with a nine-race program Thursday, Oct. 4. Post time is 1:10 p.m. Racing will be conducted Thursdays through Sundays for October and November before going back to a Friday through Sunday schedule in December. The 61-day fall meet concludes Monday, Dec. 31. Thursday’s card features a $40,000 maiden special […]

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3-Year-Old Turf Race, National Pick 5 Among New Features Of Laurel Park’s Fall Meet

A September to remember featuring three Super Saturdays serving up 18 stakes, two graded, worth $1.8 million in purses, three Mid-Atlantic Championship Series finals and the debut of a $150,000 turf race for 3-year-olds and a national Pick 5 wager begins Friday, Sept. 7 when live racing returns to Laurel Park for its 61-day fall meet. A […]

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Stronach: Pimlico Could Keep Preakness, Become An ‘Urban Farm’

Although 85-year-old Frank Stronach has previously suggested he was considering moving the Preakness from struggling Pimlico Race Course to the recently-renovated Laurel Park, a Baltimore Sun interview published Tuesday suggested he may be open to changing his mind. Noting his concern about poverty in the area surrounding Pimlico, Stronach suggested he would like to see […]

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