Maryland racing

Maryland: Trainer Eddie Gaudet Passes Away At Age 87

Edmond ‘Eddie’ Gaudet, a trainer of more than 1,700 winners and patriarch of one of Maryland’s best known and respected racing families, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, Jan. 4. He was 87. Gaudet is survived by his wife, noted horseman, owner and trainer Linda Gaudet, and their daughters, Lacey and Gabrielle. Lacey Gaudet, 29, […]

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Laurel Park Cancels Saturday Card; Mandatory Payouts Pushed To Sunday

Due to extreme winter weather conditions, Laurel Park will cancel live races through Saturday. Laurel will remain open for simulcasting wagering throughout the week. Laurel will also show a full card from Maronas in Latin America Saturday. Laurel is scheduled to run its first live meet of the new year Sunday with mandatory payouts of […]

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Laurel Cancels Friday Card, Will Race On Monday

A continuation of extreme cold temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic region has caused the Maryland Jockey Club to cancel live racing for Friday, Jan. 5. Forecasts call for a high of 19 degrees on Friday with lows in the single digits and winds gusting to 19 mph. Friday’s nine-race card has been moved to Monday, Jan. […]

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Laurel: Jockeys’ ‘Concerns’ About Track Surface Led To Saturday’s Cancellations

Laurel Park canceled its final three races on Saturday’s Christmastide Stakes Day program due to “deteriorating winter weather conditions,” according to a Maryland Jockey Club press release. The Racing Biz reports that the Laurel Park jockey colony had a significant impact on that cancellation decision after three different riders were dropped from their mounts in approximately […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: No Brakes Finds A New Speed

The 12-year-old gelding’s name still suits him. “No Brakes” doesn’t like to do anything slowly, from eating his dinner to moving across his pasture at the Virginia Tech Foundation’s Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MARE). “Brakey” developed quite the fan following during his eight years on the racetrack. In 111 starts, the Maryland-bred son […]

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Ben’s Cat Inspires Record-Setting Number Of Votes To Win ‘Vox Populi’ Award

The late Ben’s Cat, four-time Maryland Horse of the Year and beloved equine hero, has been awarded the 2017 Secretariat Vox Populi Award, or “Voice of the People,” with record-breaking voter participation. The award, created by Secretariat’s owner Penny Chenery, annually recognizes the horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained […]

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A Tribute To Ben’s Cat: A Legend ‘Gone Too Soon’

On Saturday, Nov. 11, Laurel Park will be hosting ‘Ben’s Cat Day’, which was originally a day set aside by the Maryland Jockey Club to hold a tribute to the gallant gelding upon his retirement. Ben’s Cat was sent to Bayne and Christina Welker’s farm in Kentucky. However, on June 28, Ben’s Cat developed colic […]

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Laurel Park: Richer Winter-Spring Stakes Meet On Tap For 2018

A total of 22 stakes worth $2.25 million in purses, highlighted by a Winter Carnival program featuring the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie (G2) and $250,000 General George (G3) Feb. 17, will be contested during Laurel Park’s 2018 winter-spring meet. In all, 13 of 22 stakes will see purse increases of $25,000 for the 2018 winter-spring meet […]

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Maryland Jockey Club Applies For Nine Additional Race Dates In 2018

The Maryland Jockey Club today applied for 171 race days in 2018, an increase of nine days over 2017. Laurel Park will conduct 159 of the days, beginning Jan. 1 and running mostly three days a week through May 6. After conducting a 12-day Preakness at Pimlico Meet from May 10-28 – a meet that […]

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Despite Uncertainty Surrounding Pimlico, Maryland’s Rejuvenated Thoroughbred Industry On The Rebound

On Saturday, Laurel Park will host the 32nd edition of the Jim McKay Maryland Million, the racing industry’s annual showcase event. During the past few years, the Maryland’s Thoroughbred industry has rebounded, with rising betting handles and a “rejuvenated” breeding program. However, as Childs Walker writes in the Baltimore Sun, there still remains an air of uncertainty […]

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