Maryland

Maryland: Horse Racing Industry Has $500 Million Economic Impact

The 2018 Economic Impact Study produced by the American Horse Council confirms that Maryland’s horse industry adds more than $1.3 billion to Maryland’s economy.  The report found that the horse industry total employment impact is more than 21,000 jobs, including a more than $500 million impact from the horse racing sector alone. The report quantified […]

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Future Outrider? Maryland Teen Corrals Runaway Horse On Busy Road

A Maryland teenager was captured on video Sunday helping to rescue a horse that broke loose and was running next to traffic on a busy road. When the horse bolted from a barn at a riding competition at De Novo Farms, 16-year-old Caroline Shoults, who was preparing to compete, gave chase. Fellow riders pursued in […]

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Asmussen Considering Tenfold For Preakness; Brisset ‘Wouldn’t Trade’ Classic Chance With Quip

Steve Asmussen, trainer of Preakness winners Curlin (2007) and Rachel Alexandra (2009), said Monday that Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Tenfold is “probable” for the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. Tenfold, a son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, was fifth in the Arkansas Derby (G1) in his third career start after winning his first two races at Oaklawn. Tenfold […]

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Vargas, Gonzalez Take Home Laurel Winter-Spring Meet Titles

Journeyman Jorge Vargas Jr., riding his first full meet in Maryland, and Claudio Gonzalez, the state’s leading trainer in 2017, were each crowned meet champions on closing day of Laurel Park’s 60-day winter-spring stand Sunday. Thanks to a three-win afternoon Saturday, Vargas took a 49-46 advantage over 19-year-old apprentice Wes Hamilton into Sunday’s card, where he had four mounts. […]

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Laurel’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Reaches State Record Of $295,762

A Maryland state record 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot carryover of $295,762.95 will greet bettors when live racing returns to Laurel Park Friday, April 13 with a nine-race program. The popular multi-race wager went unsolved for the 28th consecutive program Sunday, when $129,183 was bet on top of a carryover of $254,426.59 from Saturday’s card. Multiple tickets were sold with all six […]

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Maryland Million Day Set For Oct. 20 At Laurel Park

The 33rd edition of Jim McKay Maryland Million Day will take place on Saturday, October 20 at Laurel Park. Dates of other Maryland Million festivities, including the Maryland Million Gala (Maryland Club – Oct .19) and Maryland Million Golf Tournament (Manor Country Club – Oct. 9) have also been confirmed. Over 22,000 people were in attendance to enjoy the […]

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Gaudet Aiming Undefeated Dynamic Asset Toward 2018 Preakness

A winner of more than 1,700 races in a 53-year training career and patriarch of one of Maryland racing’s most successful and respected racing families, Eddie Gaudet’s lone starter in the state’s biggest race came with Concealed Identity in the 2011 Preakness (G1). Now a multiple stakes-winning trainer in her own right, Gaudet’s eldest daughter […]

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Just Howard Named Maryland-Bred Horse Of The Year, Champion 3-Year-Old, Turf Horse

Skeedattle Associates’ Just Howard, winner of the Grade 3 Commonwealth Derby at Laurel Park as part of a four-race win streak over the summer of 2017, took home top honors as Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, champion 3-year-old male and champion turf horse. The announcements were made at the inaugural Renaissance Awards, a cooperative effort […]

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Gonzalez Lucks Out With Stakes-Winning Former Claimer Afleet Willy

Claudio Gonzalez, who led all trainers in Maryland last year with 84 victories while securing training titles during Laurel’s summer and fall meets, claimed Afleet Willy on a cloudy day out of a victory over a sealed, muddy track two days after Christmas in 2015. The son of Wilburn has turned out to be a […]

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Hogan To Racing Industry: If We Don’t Change, It’s Going To Be Changed For Us

New Jersey-based veterinarian Dr. Patty Hogan gave a 75-minute presentation titled “Injuries in Racehorses” to 60-70 members of the MidAtlantic horseracing industry this week. Hogan explained to the audience that she sees nearly 3,000 horses at her clinic annually, with the majority of them being either Thoroughbred or Standardbred racehorses. She also explained that her […]

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