‘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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Could Bowie Rise Again? Facility May Be Used As A Training Center

The Racing Biz reports that Bowie, formerly a staple of the winter Mid-Atlantic circuit, could once more come to life as a training center. Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra suggested the mostly-vacant shell could become “a world class facility” serving Laurel Park as Palm Meadows does for Gulfstream Park. Sinatra said […]

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Back To The 80s: Transitions On The Racetrack

Just as the mid-1980s and early 1990s marked a transition period in the bloodstock world (which the Paulick Report touched on earlier in our Back to the 80s series), it was a time of important changes in the racing world at large. As was the case in the sales ring, those years marked the start […]

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Baboolal, Jockey Involved In Infamous Maryland Race, Dead At 65

John Hardeo Baboolal, a former jockey and trainer in Maryland who may be best known for a race he didn’t win, died on Sept. 11 at the age of 65 after an extended illness. Mr. Baboolal, born on April 26, 1950, in the Caribbean country Trinidad and Tobago, came to the United States in 1967 […]

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Collmus: From Bowie to the Belmont and a Chance to Narrate History

Larry Collmus will be calling Saturday’s Belmont Stakes on NBC Sports as California Chrome attempts to become horseracing’s first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. He wrote the following post on his Facebook page reflecting back on his 29 years as a race caller and the opportunity that presents itself on Saturday. It is republished […]

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Bowie Horse Negative for EHV-1; Hold Order Remains in Place

Initial tests on a horse euthanized at Bowie Training Center on Saturday are negative for equine herpesvirus (EHV-1), according to officials. The test will be sent to Rusty Ford, equine programs manager for the Kentucky State Veterinarian, for confirmation. Results are expected from Kentucky on Tuesday or Wednesday, at which point the hold order currently […]

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Bowie Barn On Hold After Suspected Case of EHV-1

A suspected case of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) has caused officials at the Maryland Jockey Club to place a Hold Order on Barn 16 at the Bowie Training Center as a precautionary measure. The Maryland Department of Agriculture is awaiting results of tests to determine if a horse stabled in the barn, who was euthanized this […]

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(From Maryland Jockey Club press release)   LAUREL, MD. 11-14-08—The Maryland Jockey Club Friday announced until further notice no horses will be allowed to ship into Laurel Park except those from the Bowie Training Center on a Maryland Jockey Club shuttle. The limitations were instituted after a two-year-old filly in Barn 1 at Laurel tested […]

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