chris merz

Pair Of Laurel Stakes Offer ‘Win And In’ Qualifications To Santa Anita Grade 1’s

Two of the four stakes on Laurel Park’s Saturday, Nov. 30 program will serve as ‘Win and In’ qualifiers for a pair of Grade 1 races at Santa Anita Park next month, the Maryland Jockey Club announced today. Winners of the $100,000 City of Laurel for 3-year-olds and $100,000 Safely Kept for 3-year-old fillies, both […]

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‘Ahead Of Her Time’: Motion Emotional After Sharing’s Breeders’ Cup Win

It was early fall and there were plenty of options available when trainer Graham Motion and owners Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable were looking for a final prep that would get promising young filly Sharing to realize their year-end goal of reaching the Breeders’ Cup. Based at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, […]

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Maryland Seeks To Improve Quality, Safety With Stricter Performance Requirements

Maryland is raising its performance requirements for horses stabled or entered at Laurel and Pimlico, which officials there hope will result in a better racing product and improved equine welfare. A note appearing on overnights last month informed horsemen any horse which has not finished first through fourth in its last eight starts would no […]

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MATCH Series Kicks Off April 20 At Laurel; 100 Horses Nominated For First Four Stakes

More than 100 horses have been nominated for the first four stakes in the 2019 MATCH Series, which will kick off April 20 at Laurel Park in Maryland. Under a new format this year, each of the five partner racetracks will hold one race from each of four divisions on the same day for a […]

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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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Santa Anita’s ‘Ship & Stay’ Program Has Awarded $269,536 In Bonuses

With less than a month remaining in Santa Anita’s current Winter/Spring Meet, the track’s popular “Ship & Stay” program continues attract new horses to Southern California and to generate significant bonus money for participating owners and trainers. Beginning Dec. 26 and going through Saturday, May 26, a total of 86 racing days have resulted in 126 “new” […]

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Santa Anita: ‘Ship And Stay’ Program Has Attracted 100 ‘New’ Horses

Santa Anita’s popular “Ship & Stay” program, which was initiated Dec. 26 and has now been in effect through 63 racing days, has attracted 100 “new” horses, who have accounted for 204 starts, generating bonus money of $208,308. Funded solely by The Stronach Group (TSG), “Ship & Stay” provides on-going bonuses to individual owners and […]

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