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Boniface Among Honorees Of Maryland Racing Media Awards

Longtime Maryland trainer J. William Boniface, jockey Weston Hamilton, breeders Angie and Sabrina Moore, and Grade 1 winner Glorious Empire will be honored Monday at Laurel Park after having been chosen as award winners by the Maryland Racing Media Association. Boniface was voted the organization’s highest honor, the Humphrey S. Finney Award for lifetime achievement […]

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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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Glorious Empire Makes A Statement In Front-Running Fort Lauderdale Win

Matthew Schera’s Glorious Empire proved his mettle once before at the sport’s highest level, winning the G1 Sword Dancer for trainer James Lawrence. After a 13th-place showing in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, run over a very soft turf, the 7-year-old was overlooked in Saturday’s G2 Fort Lauderdale Stakes at odds of 7-1 as rain hit […]

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Five Grade 1 Winners To Line Up For G2 Fort Lauderdale

Grade 1 winners Almanaar, Divisidero, Glorious Empire, Hi Happy and Quarteto de Cordas are prominent among a stacked field of 16 that includes nine other graded-stakes winners in the $200,000 Fort Lauderdale (G2) Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The 62nd running of the Fort Lauderdale for 3-year-olds and up going 1 1/8 miles over the newly refurbished […]

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Breeders’ Cup: Grass Stars Worried About Turf Course Conditions

Breeders’ Cup Turf Notes Arklow – Trainer Brad Cox knows it’s a tall order asking his 4-year-old Arch colt Arklow to take on the likes of Enable in the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf on Saturday at Churchill Downs, but he feels like he has earned his place in the race. He enters the […]

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‘Guns Loaded’: Former Claimer Glorious Empire Ready For Breeders’ Cup Turf

Matthew Schera’s Grade 1 winner Glorious Empire, undefeated in three starts since opening his 7-year-old season this spring at Laurel Park, emerged from his latest work in good order and will ship this week for his Breeders’ Cup debut. Glorious Empire breezed seven furlongs in 1:27.60 over the all-weather surface Saturday at the Fair Hill […]

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‘Just Really Special’: $62,500 Claim Glorious Empire Headed For Breeders’ Cup Turf

Matt Schera’s Glorious Empire, front-running upset winner of Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Sword Dancer, is expected to return to New York for his final prep before the Breeders’ Cup. Trainer James “Chuck” Lawrence II said Sunday morning that he planned to bring the 7-year-old gelding to Belmont Park for the Grade 1, $500,000 Joe […]

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Glorious Empire Leads Sword Dancer Upset

Matthew Schera’s Glorious Empire upset the Grade 1 Sword Dancer at odds of 15-1 on Saturday, leading all the way from gate to wire to win by 1 1/4 lengths. The 7-year-old son of Holy Roman Emperor gave trainer Chuck Lawrence his first top-level win, completing 1 1/2 miles over Saratoga’s firm turf in 2:24.41. […]

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Channel Maker, Glorious Empire Dead Heat In Bowling Green

After 1 3/8 miles of Saratoga’s Mellon turf course, Channel Maker and Glorious Empire were unable to be separated at the wire; placing judges declared the finish a dead heat in Saturday’s Grade 2 Bowling Green Stakes. Matthew Schera’s Glorious Empire led all the way, and Gary Barber and Wachtel Stable’s Channel Maker came rolling […]

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