Maryland racing

Could Bowie Rise Again? Facility May Be Used As A Training Center

The Racing Biz reports that Bowie, formerly a staple of the winter Mid-Atlantic circuit, could once more come to life as a training center. Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra suggested the mostly-vacant shell could become “a world class facility” serving Laurel Park as Palm Meadows does for Gulfstream Park. Sinatra said […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Doc’s Products: In Rubley’s Barn, Cats Aren’t The Only Defense Against Mice

Cats get all the credit for rodent control in the barn, but when are goats going to get a little credit? During a visit to trainer Kelly Rubley’s Fair Hill barn this summer, I realized mouse prevention is a team effort. Yes, Pudgy the cat (a friendly fellow with a star-quality gray coat who comes […]

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‘It’s Our Breeders’ Cup’: Rich History Behind Maryland Million Day

Two weeks before the best horses and horsemen in the world gather for a lucrative weekend of championship racing, Laurel Park will once again play host to Maryland’s version of the Breeders’ Cup. The Jim McKay Maryland Million will celebrate its 33rd year Saturday, Oct. 20 featuring a full program of races for horses by 110 […]

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Maryland Millions Veteran Flash McCaul Is Back In Maryland Million Classic

Country Life Farm’s 5-year-old Flash McCaul, stakes placed at 2 and 3, will look to recapture his solid early form as he takes aim at the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic for a third consecutive year Saturday at Laurel Park. Run at 1 1/8 miles over the main track, the Classic for 3-year-olds and up serves […]

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Six Champions Headline 224 Pre-Entries For Maryland Million

Three Diamonds Farm’s Bonus Points, whose last stakes victory came in the 2017 Classic, is one of six defending champions and 13 past winners among 224 horses pre-entered in 11 stakes that help comprise the 33rd annual Jim McKay Maryland Million Day program Saturday, Oct. 20 at Laurel Park. Four of the 12 races on the […]

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Trick Rider? McCarthy Hops Aboard Rival Horse In Attempt To Avoid Spill At Laurel

Jockeys Trevor McCarthy and Jevian Toledo, who have combined to win the last four overall riding championships in Maryland, got tangled up in the stretch during Thursday’s third race at Laurel Park that saw McCarthy avoid injury after briefly landing on the back of a rival horse.  McCarthy was aboard 3-year-old Galileo filly Decorating, a […]

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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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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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Trainers Say Laurel’s Bald Eagle Derby Fills Void For Fall 3-Year-Old Races

Saturday’s debut of the $150,000 Bald Eagle Derby for 3-year-olds as part of a 12-race ‘Class on the Grass’ program attracted nine horses and drew praise from horsemen seeking what they feel is a sorely needed late-season spot for sophomores. Among the trainers with horses in the Bald Eagle Derby, set for 1 ½ miles […]

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MATCH Series: For Daylight Ahead Owners, An Unexpected Bonus After Difficult Season

Stewart Nickel is well aware of the ups and downs of racehorse ownership, and he experienced them yet again this year with the mare Daylight Ahead. But as the 2018 MATCH Series concludes, Nickel and his partners ended up with a pleasant surprise. Daylight Ahead, bred and owned by Winners Circle Partners VIII, got some […]

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