Maryland

‘Good To Be Home’: Feargal Lynch Returns A Winner At Laurel

Kaleem Shah Inc.’s Closer Look ($6.80), favored at 2-1 in a field of 12, cruised to a 4 ¾-length triumph in Race 7 Saturday to give journeyman Feargal Lynch his first win since returning to the Maryland circuit with Friday’s opening of the 43-day summer meet at Laurel. Lynch, a two-time meet titlist in Maryland […]

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Jockey Perez Sweeps Laurel’s Baby Races On Opening Day

Jockey Xavier Perez kicked off Laurel Park’s summer meet in style by riding longshot first-timer Guilty and heavily favored Quad Eights to victory, sweeping the two juvenile races on Friday’s Opening Day program. J R Sanchez Racing Stable’s Guilty ($27) got the meet off to a rousing start with a 12-1 upset of the opener, […]

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Maryland Jockey Club Finalizes Remainder Of 2019 Stakes Schedule Worth $4.275 Million

With memories of sensational performances, beautiful weather and world-class entertainment still fresh, the Maryland Jockey Club has put together a schedule of 42 stakes worth $4.275 million in purses to carry the momentum of a record-setting Preakness weekend through the end of 2019. War of Will captured the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) on a 14-race […]

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Live Racing Returns To Suffolk Downs Saturday And Sunday

Wicked Freud, a seven-year-old gelding who hails from the barn of Jason Servis, the trainer of Maximum Security, the first-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby that was disqualified and placed 17th, is slated to run in Saturday’s feature, a $55,000 allowance/optional claiming race at about 7 ½ furlongs on the turf with a field of […]

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Sprinter Wentz Quarterbacking Pimlico Lineup For Young John Tyler Servis

Wentz the horse, not the quarterback, is heading to Baltimore for the 33rd edition of Saturday’s $150,000 ClearSpan Maryland Sprint Stakes (G3), one of eight stakes, four graded, on the undercard of the $1.65 million Preakness Stakes (G1), the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. The 3-year-old chestnut colt is owned by Pennsylvania-based Main Line Racing […]

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‘Laid Back’ Alwaysmining Making Good Progress Toward Preakness

Runnymede Racing’s multiple stakes winner Alwaysmining resumed training this week and continues to progress nicely toward his graded-stakes debut in the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) Saturday, May 18 at legendary Pimlico Race Course. Maryland-bred Alwaysmining earned an automatic berth in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown by virtue of his runaway victory in the […]

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Juvenile, Turf Racing Returns To Laurel Park This Thursday

Live racing returns to Laurel Park with an eight-race program Thursday, April 18 that marks the seasonal debut of both juvenile and turf racing to the Maryland calendar. Thursday’s opener is a $40,000 maiden special weight sprint going 4 ½ furlongs on the main track which attracted nine 2-year-old fillies, including a pair each from […]

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‘More Strict’ Pre-Race Exams, ‘Additional Scrutiny’ To Be Utilized In Maryland

The Maryland Jockey Club will now be implementing stricter protocols for its pre-race examinations, according to racingbiz.com. The MJC is owned by The Stronach Group, as are California’s embattled Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields. Those two tracks have been introducing new safety and wellness protocols as a response to Santa Anita’s 22 equine […]

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‘Baltimore Won’t Lose Out’ If Preakness Moves To Laurel, Says Ritvo

The Stronach Group COO Tim Ritvo gave an interview to Off to the Races this Saturday, discussing the polarizing idea of moving the Preakness from Pimlico to Laurel Park in Maryland. According to theracingbiz.com, TSG employed the Sage Policy Group consulting firm to analyze how a Laurel-based Preakness would affect the city of Baltimore. “That study basically […]

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Apprentice, Eclipse Finalist Hamilton Set ‘High Expectations’ At The Start

While an Eclipse Award was far from anyone’s mind when Glorious Empire finished sixth in his seasonal debut at Laurel Park last April, Weston Hamilton had but one goal when 2018 began – to bring the cherished bronze trophy home to Maryland. Their paths will converge when the 48th annual ceremony is held for the […]

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