Maryland

‘Proud’ Hamilton Smith Saddles 2,000th Career Winner Friday At Laurel

Sweet Home Dixie swept past her rivals on the far turn and powered through the stretch to run her win streak to five races and give trainer Hamilton Smith his 2,000th career victory Friday at Laurel Park. Bred an owned by Smith’s older brother and ridden by Maryland’s 2019 champion jockey Trevor McCarthy, Sweet Home […]

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‘Memorable’ Maryland Million Day Records Slight Increase In Handle

Great racing, a large, enthusiastic crowd and great entertainment was the recipe for success during Saturday’s 34th Jim McKay Maryland Million at Laurel Park. Approximately 20,000 attended Saturday’s $1.02 million program which included competitive races along with entertainment and memorable dining options. The afternoon included events in the Maryland Million Village, an appearance by the […]

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‘It’s Anna’s World And I’m Just Living In It’: Maryland Million Distaff Winner ‘Very Special’

Anna’s Bandit has turned into the kind of horse her connections always believed she could be, but it wasn’t as easy as the 5-year-old mare has made it look over the past nine weeks. “No one has any idea what she’s been through. It’s crazy,” trainer John ‘Jerry’ Robb said. “She’s just one of a […]

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Undefeated Miss J McKay Supplemented To Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint

The owners of Laurel Park stakes winner Miss J McKay, first to the wire in each of her three starts, will be pre-entered Wednesday in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G1), to be run Friday, Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. Trainer Cal Lynch said Sidney Karmia’s Maxis Stable, Sol Kumin’s Madaket Stable […]

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Maryland Horse Breeders Association Celebrating History, Heritage Over 90 Years

With a tradition of Thoroughbred racing that predates the American Revolution by more than a generation, it’s no surprise that the first, and oldest, organization in the country created to develop and promote the breeding of horses sprung from Maryland. The Maryland Horse Breeders Association turned 90 this year, and on Saturday it will celebrate […]

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‘The Crab Is In’: Maryland-Based Trainer Smith Approaching 2,000-Win Milestone

A weathered sign hangs from twisted wire on the green-painted office door of trainer Hamilton Smith’s barn at Laurel Park, aged by years of hot sun and harsh winters. Greeting visitors is the unblinking stare of a faded crustacean, holding a message in its claws. “The Crab Is In.” Don’t be fooled by the message, […]

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Seven Mid-Atlantic States Move To Adopt Restrictions On NSAIDS, Joint Injections

More than 60 racing industry stakeholders representing regulators, horsemen and racetrack operators from the seven states that comprise the Mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia), 11 jurisdictions, and 17 racetracks convened at Delaware Park Oct. 2 to take the next steps toward implementation of the Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan […]

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Maryland Continues With Double-Digit Foal Crop Increases In 2019

Maryland stallions had the highest percentage of increase in the nation of live foals produced in 2019 when compared to 2018, according to The Jockey Club’s recently released 2018 Breeding Statistics. Among the top 10 states and provinces based on mares covered in 2018, Maryland was one of only three states to see an increase […]

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Fasig-Tipton To Sponsor $200,000 Laurel Futurity

Laurel Park announced today that Fasig-Tipton will be the title sponsor for the $200,000 Laurel Futurity. The Fasig-Tipton Laurel Futurity will be contested Saturday, Sept. 21 as part of a spectacular day of racing with eight stakes races, including the $250,000 Frank De Francis Memorial Dash (G3), $250,000 Baltimore-Washington International Turf Cup (G3) and $150,000 […]

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