Maryland racing

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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Three Incumbents Among Five Seats Filled On Maryland Horse Breeders Association Board

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association membership has selected three incumbent members, a former board member and a 2018 presidential appointee to the 2019 Board of Directors, as announced June 13. Dictated by MHBA bylaws, the annually held election fills five open seats on the board. Those elected this year will serve for the next three […]

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Father’s Day Card At Laurel Park: ‘Cars, Cigars & Barbecue’

Laurel Park will play host to one of the most unique Father’s Day celebrations in the Mid-Atlantic Sunday, June 16 with Cars, Cigars & Barbecue. The day will offer families live Thoroughbred racing, barbecue specials, cigar rolling, yard games, and a car display between Noon and 5 p.m., featuring the Asphalt Angels and Lost in the […]

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Maryland Seeks To Improve Quality, Safety With Stricter Performance Requirements

Maryland is raising its performance requirements for horses stabled or entered at Laurel and Pimlico, which officials there hope will result in a better racing product and improved equine welfare. A note appearing on overnights last month informed horsemen any horse which has not finished first through fourth in its last eight starts would no […]

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‘I Am The Last One They See’: The Artist Behind Racing’s Quickest Masterpiece

When Lawrence Jones arrived in the Preakness infield with a little red wagon full of painting supplies at 5:18 p.m., he was behind the schedule he sets for himself. It seems inconceivable that he, of all the people in the winner’s circle that day, should have encountered resistance navigating the labyrinth of security checkpoints with […]

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Preakness Notes, May 16: Favored Improbable Full Of Energy Thursday

Improbable, the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 144th Preakness Stakes (G1), made his first visit to the track at Pimlico Race Course Thursday morning under exercise rider Humberto Gomez. The chestnut colt trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert had shipped to Baltimore from Louisville, Ky. Wednesday. Video: https://youtu.be/JG4S3WAa6C8 Owned by the triumvirate of WinStar Farm, China […]

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‘Preakness Is A Go’ For Oaklawn Invitational Winner Laughing Fox

Oaklawn Invitational winner Laughing Fox will make his next start in the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) Saturday, May 18 at Pimlico Race Course, owner Alex Lieblong said Thursday morning. Laughing Fox, who runs in the name of Lieblong and his wife, JoAnn, and is trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, earned a free berth into […]

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Jaywalk, Always Shopping Lead 28 Nominations For Black-Eyed Susan Stakes

Graded-stakes winners Jaywalk and Always Shopping and Maryland-based Las Setas, riding a four-race win streak including three straight stakes, top a diverse group of 28 horses nominated to the $250,000 Xpressbet Black-Eyed Susan Friday, May 17 at Pimlico Race Course. The 95th running of the 1 1/8-mile Black-Eyed Susan for 3-year-old fillies highlights a 14-race program […]

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Maryland Jockey Club Files Motion To Dismiss, Says Baltimore ‘Has No Right To Confiscate’ Pimlico

The Maryland Jockey Club today announced that it filed a motion to dismiss Baltimore City’s lawsuit captioned, Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, et al. v. The Stronach Group, et al., Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Case No. 24-C-19-001776. That lawsuit seeks to condemn and confiscate the Preakness Stakes, Pimlico Race Course, the Woodlawn Vase, […]

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