‘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, 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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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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Georganne Hale Named Vice President Of Racing Development In Maryland

The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that longtime Vice President of Racing and Racing Secretary Georganne Hale has been named Vice President of Racing Development. Hale, the first and only woman to serve as racing secretary at a major North American racetrack when promoted to the position in 2000 by the Maryland Jockey Club, will […]

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Canter New York Launched To Work Alongside NYTHA’s Take The Lead

CANTER is now offering its nationally-recognized 100% volunteer service to New York horseman with the opening of CANTER-New York, a Phase I program offering free sales listings to local trainers/owners of Thoroughbred Racehorses no longer competing. The Chapter is uniquely designed to support the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA)’s TAKE THE LEAD aftercare program […]

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