Maryland racing

Leatherbury, 85, Prepares For 60th Season As A Trainer

Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury has welcomed back a small string of horses to his barn at Laurel Park in preparation for his 60th season as a Thoroughbred trainer. Leatherbury, who turns 86 March 26, has won the fifth-most races of all-time with 6,501 since his first victory at the former Sunshine Park, now known […]

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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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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: ‘This Is What Keeps Me Going’

Mothers know their children – the good, the bad, and the awful – so Fern Augusti knew the call would come one day. Brian, the oldest of her five children, had been resuscitated once before after overdosing on heroin only to plunge again into those depths of despair. When the call came in July 2009 […]

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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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Baltimore Mayor, Stronach Group Knock Heads Over Future Racetrack Plans

The mayor of Baltimore isn’t going down without a fight in the effort to save Pimlico Race Course. In a letter to Maryland’s governor and state legislative leaders, Catherine Pugh takes aim at a Stronach Group plan to create one “super track” at Laurel Park and an equine training and health center at Bowie instead […]

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Laurel Park Enhances Winter Carnival Coverage, To Stream In Spanish

Laurel Park’s annual Winter Carnival, featuring the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie (G3) and $250,000 General George (G3), will have enhanced coverage and exposure Saturday afternoon, Feb 16. Laurel’s 10-race program will be streamed in English and Spanish at LaurelPark.com and GulfstreamPark.com. The Spanish stream will be hosted by Alfredo Alfonzo, Juan Carlos Palma, Claudia Spadaro and […]

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Laurel Park: Jockey, Trainer Ride Wave With Late Night Pow Wow, Seek Ninth Straight

It took more than three decades for trainer Javier Contreras to become an overnight sensation. A regular on the Laurel Park backstretch in the early 2000s, the 60-year-old native of Mexico won more races and purse money in 2018 than in any single season of his career, now in its 35th year. Jockey Fredy Peltroche enjoyed […]

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Jockey Club Gold Cup Winner Discreet Lover Starts 6-Year-Old Campaign In John B. Campbell

Uriah St. Lewis owned-and-trained Discreet Lover, 45-1 upset winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) last fall, will open his 6-year-old campaign as the topweight and 3-1 program favorite for the $100,000 John B. Campbell presented by Fidelity First Saturday at Laurel Park. The 1 1/8-mile Campbell for 4-year-olds and up is among five […]

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Late Night Pow Wow On Eight-Race Win Streak, Hopes To Add Ninth In G3 Barbara Fritchie

Breeze Easy’s Grade 3 winner Late Night Pow Wow, her streak having  grown to eight races since the only loss of her career 10 months ago, will face the toughest test yet in her return to graded-stakes competition for Saturday’s $250,000 Barbara Fritchie (G3) at Laurel Park. The 67th running of the Barbara Fritchie for fillies […]

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Knicks Go Honored As Maryland-Bred Horse Of The Year

Grade 1-winning juvenile Knicks Go took home top honors as Maryland-bred Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old male at the second annual Renaissance Awards, which recognizes excellence in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Maryland in the past year. The event was held on Tuesday evening, Feb. 12, at the American Visionary Art Museum in […]

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