Maryland racing

Daniel Settling In To New Role As Equine Welfare And Medical Director In Maryland

Dr. Elizabeth “Libby” Daniel, who took over as state veterinarian for the Maryland Racing Commission in January 2017, has begun her duties as Equine Welfare and Medical Director for the MRC. A 2013 review of the MRC by the state Department of Legislative Services recommended creation of the position, which was endorsed by the MTHA […]

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Maryland Jockey Club To Offer 65 Stakes, $9.2 Million Through October 2019

Starting on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, and leading up to the 34th edition of the Jim McKay Maryland Million in mid-October, the Maryland Jockey Club will offer 65 stakes, 13 graded, worth $9.2 million in purses through the first two-thirds of the 2019 calendar. Highlighting the year’s stakes action is the 144th running of the $1.5 […]

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Lost and Found Presented By Horseware: Elvis Hasn’t Left The Building Yet

Elvis Trujillo, statistically idle since spring after riding more than 2,000 career winners, is targeting the first of the year for his return to action. He has been tuning up by riding each morning for his uncle, trainer Jose Corrales, at Laurel Park. He is capitalizing on his temporary afternoon freedom by spending time with […]

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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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