Maryland racing

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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Weather Forecast Forces Maryland To Move De Francis Dash, Three Match Series Races

Due to poor weather conditions forecast this weekend due to Hurricane Florence, the Maryland Jockey Club announced Monday that its Sept 15 stakes program – highlighted by the De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) and three finals of the MATCH Series – has been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 22. The stakes moved to Sept. 22 also include the Laurel Futurity, […]

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Match Series: X Y Jet, Whitmore, Imperial HInt Among De Francis Dash Nominations

Rockingham Ranch and Gelfenstein Farm’s multiple graded-stakes winning millionaire X Y Jet, Grade 1 winners Imperial Hint, Whitmore and Ransom the Moon and defending champion Chublicious are among 34 horses nominated to the $250,000 Xpressbet Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) Saturday, Sept. 15 at Laurel Park. The 27th running of the six-furlong De Francis for sprinters […]

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Apprentice Reylu Gutierrez Moves Tack To Mid-Atlantic

Five-pound apprentice jockey Reylu Gutierrez, a 22-year-old native of Rochester, N.Y., has moved his tack to the Mid-Atlantic and is named to ride Donald Barr-trained Holiday Hopes in Friday’s ninth race at Laurel. Holiday Hopes, a 4-year-old Harlan’s Holiday filly owned by Walter Vieser II, is coming off an 8 ½-length victory in a one-mile, […]

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3-Year-Old Turf Race, National Pick 5 Among New Features Of Laurel Park’s Fall Meet

A September to remember featuring three Super Saturdays serving up 18 stakes, two graded, worth $1.8 million in purses, three Mid-Atlantic Championship Series finals and the debut of a $150,000 turf race for 3-year-olds and a national Pick 5 wager begins Friday, Sept. 7 when live racing returns to Laurel Park for its 61-day fall meet. A […]

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Laurel Park: Cancer In The Rear View, Gonzalez Closes In On Another Training Title

In just his sixth full season of training Thoroughbreds, Claudio Gonzalez never envisioned having the kind of success that has resulted his emergence as a dominant force in Maryland and has him a weekend away from formally claiming his fourth title in the last five Maryland Jockey Club meets. Gonzalez, 41, enters the final three […]

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Sagamore Farm Looks Toward The Future While Honoring The Past

When Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour, purchased Sagamore Farm in 2007, it may have seemed to some like a metaphor for horse racing. The former home of Alfred G. Vanderbilt’s Thoroughbreds, Sagamore had once been home to Discovery, Native Dancer, Bed o’Roses, and others. In 2007, the facility was in disrepair. Vanderbilt […]

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El Gran Senor, Caesar’s Wish Inducted To Maryland Thoroughbred Hall Of Fame

The Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame’s newest inductees are European champion El Gran Senor and the brilliant filly Caesar’s Wish. The selections were made by a committee of Maryland racing industry members coordinated by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) and Maryland Racing Media Association (MRMA). El Gran Senor was a champion in England and […]

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Trimble, Russell Enjoying Successful Partnership On And Off Track

Their first wins together have come with horses named Always, Magical and Karma, which only seems fitting given trainer Brittany Trimble and jockey Sheldon Russell are rapidly approaching their wedding day. The up-and-coming Trimble and Russell, one of Maryland’s leading riders and owner of seven individual meet championships, are set to tie the knot Aug. […]

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‘Hanging In There’: At 85, Leatherbury Poised To Reach 6,500 Victories

Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury will reach the 6,500 mark with his next victory, which could come as soon as Saturday at Laurel Park. Leatherbury, 85, has Norman Lewis’ Chateau de Vizille entered in Race 8, a second-level $42,000 allowance for 3-year-olds and up scheduled for 1 1/16 miles over the Exceller turf course. Co-highweighted at […]

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