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Fire Key Sparks Floral Park Upset; Stella Di Camelot Prevails In Pebbles

Backwards Stable homebred Fire Key, sent to post at odds of 7-1, provided a minor upset with a wide-rallying effort in the inaugural running of the $100,000 Floral Park at Belmont on Saturday, a six-furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares 3-years-old and upwards. Trained by Patrick Kelly, the 5-year-old daughter of Friesan Fire, patiently […]

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Souper Striking All The Way In Hilltop

Live Oak Plantation’s Souper Striking went all the way on the lead to earn her first career stakes victory in the $100,000 Hilltop Friday at legendary Pimlico Race Course. The 46th running of the 1 1/16-mile Hilltop for 3-year-old fillies was one of two turf stakes on a spectacular 14-race program featuring seven stakes, four graded, worth $1.15 […]

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Farewell To The ‘Amazing, Magnificent’ Ben’s Cat

Under a brilliant sky of blue on a Saturday morning that brought freezing temperatures to the Mid-Atlantic, they laid the remains of Ben’s Cat in the frozen ground at Laurel Park. In a ceremony attended by approximately 150 horsemen, jockeys and fans – and breeder, owner and Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury – Ben’s Cat’s remains were […]

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Spartianos Nails Blanket Finish In Maryland Million Turf

Everything fell in place for Nik Juarez in Saturday’s $125,000 Maryland Million Turf at Laurel Park. The up-and-coming jockey knew he couldn’t have given the Spartianos a better chance of winning, but he didn’t know for sure that the gutsy 5-year-old gelding had prevailed in an exciting four-horse blanket finish until well after crossing the finish line. […]

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Blue Moon Ace Scores Powerfully In Maryland Million Sprint

Unable to get to his customary position in front following a poor break, Robert L. Cole Jr.’s Blu Moon Ace came with a sweeping move on the outside before powering down the stretch for a 2 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Maryland Million Sprint at Laurel Park. The six-furlong Sprint for 3-year-olds and up was the was […]

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‘He’s Ready To Go’: Jockey Pimentel Back In The Saddle After Injury

Just in time for the end of Laurel’s summer meet, journeyman jockey Julian Pimentel is set for a return to riding after being out of action with back and knee injuries suffered in a fall during training hours July 1. Pimentel, 36, is named on four horses Friday and three Saturday at Laurel, including Grade […]

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Back, Knee Injuries Sideline Jockey Pimentel Up To Three Months

Journeyman jockey Julian Pimentel will miss the rest of Laurel Park’s summer meet and at least the early part of its fall stand with back and knee injuries suffered in a spill during training hours July 1. Agent Roniel Garcia said Pimentel, 36, fractured the T-12 vertebrae in his back and tore the meniscus and […]

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Broken Toes Will Keep Pimentel On The Sidelines For Four To Six Weeks

Jockey Julian Pimentel, ranked among the leading riders at Laurel’s current winter-sprint meet, will miss the next four to six weeks with two broken toes, agent Roniel Gerardo said Sunday. Pimentel was injured when he was thrown from his mount, 3-year-old filly Quick Witted, while waiting to load for Saturday’s 10th race finale at Laurel, […]

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Imperial Hint Start-To-Finish In General George

Raymond Mamone’s Imperial Hint got his first graded stakes victory on Saturday, leading start-to-finish in Laurel Park’s G3 General George Stakes to best Stallwalkin’ Dude by about three lengths on the wire. The 4-year-old son of Imperialism, ridden by Julian Pimentel, covered seven furlongs over the fast main track in 1:21.20 for trainer Luis Carvajal, […]

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Pimentel Rides First Winner Since Hand Injury Sidelined Him In August

Jockey Julian Pimentel won with the last of his three mounts on Friday’s program at Laurel Park, marking his return from a hand injury that had sidelined him since late August. Pimentel finished first in the ninth-race finale with Tizadoozi ($9.60), a 4-year-old Bullsbay filly bred, owned and trained in Maryland by Nancy Heil. Pimentel […]

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