Maryland horse racing

The Friday Show Presented By Smiling Tiger: Will The Preakness Stay Put?

The Stronach Group and the city of Baltimore recently announced a major agreement to overhaul Pimlico Racecourse and keep the Preakness in town for years to come, pending legislative approval. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the details of the deal and what it might mean for horse […]

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Trio Of Turf Races, Super Hi-5 Carryover On Tap For Next Stretch At Laurel Park

Three allowance races, a maiden special weight for juvenile fillies and a trio of events scheduled for its world-class turf course are on tap when live racing returns to Laurel Park with a 10-race program Friday, Oct. 11. The four-day live race week will be capped by a special Columbus Day holiday program Monday, Oct. […]

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Maryland-Bred Laki Could Repeat In MATCH Series

Hillside Equestrian Meadows’ Laki has come a long way since his first start, when he trailed throughout and finished last of 10 at 41-1 in a $25,000 maiden-claiming race at Laurel Park in early November 2016. On Christmas Eve that year, Laki, then a 3-year-old, quickly erased his debut effort with a five-length win at […]

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‘We Retired Him Sound’: Former Maryland Turf Champion Phlash Phelps On To Eventing Career

Phlash Phelps, a four-time turf stakes winner and the 2015 champion Maryland-bred grass horse for Ellen Charles’ Hillwood Stable and Laurel Park-based trainer Rodney Jenkins, has been retired. The gelded 8-year-old son of Great Notion bred by Carol Kaye was winless in three 2019 starts, most recently finishing fifth by 2 ¼ lengths in the […]

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Laurel Park Kicks Off Fall Meet With Annual Crackin’ Crab Feast

Coinciding with the start of its fall meet, Laurel Park will host its annual Crackin’ Crab Feast Saturday, Sept. 7. Located in the apron tent on the rail of Laurel’s main track, the event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. in conjunction with a live program of 10 Thoroughbred races that begins at 1:10 p.m. […]

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Maryland Legislator Seeks Investigation Into Racing Commission

A Maryland legislator from Baltimore sent a letter this week to the state attorney general requesting an investigation into the Maryland Racing Commission over subsidies given to the Stronach Group and potential conflict of interest issues with members of the commission. State Delegate Nick Mosby sent the inquiry, which comes after a pair of Baltimore […]

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Maryland Apprentice Whisman Makes Transition From OTTBs To On-Track TBs

People, like horses, can stray from their pedigree. In much the same way a horse bred for turf excels on the dirt, or vice versa, Laurel Park-based apprentice jockey Avery Whisman is gradually proving his success in showing horses can translate to riding Thoroughbreds. Whisman, 19, was raised on a small farm in Lexington, Ky. […]

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Full Fields, Rainbow 6 Carryover Await Players Following Laurel Park Cancellations

Following a two-day cancellation due to extreme heat conditions, live racing returns to Laurel Park for the first time since July 19 with 10-race programs Thursday and Friday, July 25 and 26, each starting at 1:10 p.m. There will be a carryover jackpot of $3,494.43 in the 20-cent Rainbow 6, which spans Races 5-10 Thursday. […]

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Several Mid-Atlantic Tracks Call Off Weekend Racing; Monmouth Still A Go With Heat Protocols

Due to forecasts calling for excessive heat with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, the Maryland Jockey Club has decided to cancel its live racing programs Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21. A total of 83 horses were entered for Saturday’s nine-race program that featured three allowances including the 3-year-old debut of juvenile stakes winner […]

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Maryland Horsemen, Jockey Club Create ‘Community Day’ To Celebrate Backstretch Workers

The Maryland Jockey Club is partnering with the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association in hosting an inaugural Community Day Tuesday, July 23 at Laurel Park. Created to celebrate the backstretch community and its contribution to the continued success of Maryland racing, Community Day will be held from noon to 4 p.m. outside the track kitchen. “We […]

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