Maryland

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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Maryland Million Day Set For Oct. 19 At Laurel Park

The 34th edition of Jim McKay Maryland Million Day will take place on Saturday, October 19 at Laurel Park. Over 22,000 people were in attendance to enjoy the 2018 renewal of Maryland’s Day at the Races, which featured races for eligible Maryland-sired horses. Wagering topped $6.4 million, which is the highest it has been since […]

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‘Looks Just Her Daddy’: First Foal A Filly For Classic-Placed Divining Rod

Young Maryland stallion Divining Rod, a classics-placed son of Tapit owned by Gainesway Farm, Roy and Gretchen Jackson’s Lael Stable, and Country Life Farm, is represented by his first foal, a Maryland-bred filly born at Country Life on Jan. 16. Divining Rod’s first foal is also the first foal out of the 5-year-old Gainesway mare […]

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‘I Can’t Even Explain What It Feels Like’: Rebecca LaBarre Rides First Winner At Laurel

Ejetero LLC’s Empire Panther took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off a late challenge from Ash n’ Em to give jockey Rebecca LaBarre her first professional victory Saturday at Laurel Park. Empire Panther ($4.80), trained by Jose Corrales, ran one mile in 1:40.86 over a fast main track to win […]

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Alwaysmining Strikes Gold In Maryland Juvenile Futurity

Runnymede Racing’s Alwaysmining went straight to the front under jockey Daniel Centeno and never looked to register his first stakes victory with another impressive front-running performance in Saturday’s $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity at Laurel Park. The 37th running of the Juvenile Futurity for 2-year-olds and the 33rd renewal of the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship […]

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Maryland Racing Secretary Merz Focusing On Filling Stalls, Advancing Stakes Schedule

The fact that winter racing is fast approaching hit Chris Merz hard Thursday morning. Merz, a native of San Diego who became the Maryland Jockey Club’s racing secretary in July, woke up to an inch of snow and a winter storm warning. “Waking up and seeing snow? Never. Never seen that before,” Merz said. “It […]

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El Gran Senor, Caesar’s Wish Selected For 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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