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Leatherbury, 85, Prepares For 60th Season As A Trainer

Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury has welcomed back a small string of horses to his barn at Laurel Park in preparation for his 60th season as a Thoroughbred trainer. Leatherbury, who turns 86 March 26, has won the fifth-most races of all-time with 6,501 since his first victory at the former Sunshine Park, now known […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: ‘This Is What Keeps Me Going’

Mothers know their children – the good, the bad, and the awful – so Fern Augusti knew the call would come one day. Brian, the oldest of her five children, had been resuscitated once before after overdosing on heroin only to plunge again into those depths of despair. When the call came in July 2009 […]

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‘It’s Our Breeders’ Cup’: Rich History Behind Maryland Million Day

Two weeks before the best horses and horsemen in the world gather for a lucrative weekend of championship racing, Laurel Park will once again play host to Maryland’s version of the Breeders’ Cup. The Jim McKay Maryland Million will celebrate its 33rd year Saturday, Oct. 20 featuring a full program of races for horses by 110 […]

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Happy Lantern Gives Hall Of Famer Leatherbury 6,500th Winner

Happy Lantern lit up the toteboard at odds of 16-1 to give Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury his 6,500th career victory Saturday to kick off Fall Festival of Racing at Laurel Park. Ridden by Rosario Montanez, Happy Lantern ($34) came with a steady run down the center of the All Along turf course to […]

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Hamilton Smith Saddles Four Winners Sunday At Laurel

Trainer Hamilton Smith, a perennial leading trainer in Maryland, saddled four winners on Sunday’s 10-race program at Laurel Park. Smith, who began his training career in 1976 and has won more than 1,900 races, started the day saddling the winner of the early double, True Cat ($4.40) and Queen of Schmooze ($4.20). He then saddled the winner […]

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Paulick Report 7/19 News Minute Presented By Woodbine Racetrack

Stay in touch with Thoroughbred racing news throughout the day with the Paulick Report News Minute. In today’s edition, Scott Jagow shares the opening day numbers from Del Mar and looks forward to the beginning of the Saratoga meet on Friday. Plus, a well-known dirt filly is trying the grass for the first time and […]

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‘Hanging In There’: At 85, Leatherbury Poised To Reach 6,500 Victories

Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury will reach the 6,500 mark with his next victory, which could come as soon as Saturday at Laurel Park. Leatherbury, 85, has Norman Lewis’ Chateau de Vizille entered in Race 8, a second-level $42,000 allowance for 3-year-olds and up scheduled for 1 1/16 miles over the Exceller turf course. Co-highweighted at […]

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Con Una Participación Sin Precedentes, El Recordado Ben’s Cat Obtiene El Vox Populi Award

El desaparecido Ben’s Cat, cuatro veces Caballo del Año en Maryland y un apreciado héroe equino, ha sido galardonado con el Vox Populi Award, o “Voz del Pueblo,” con una participación récord de votantes. El premio, creado por la propietaria de Secretariat Penny Chenery, es un reconocimiento anual para aquel caballo cuya popularidad y excelencia […]

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Ben’s Cat Inspires Record-Setting Number Of Votes To Win ‘Vox Populi’ Award

The late Ben’s Cat, four-time Maryland Horse of the Year and beloved equine hero, has been awarded the 2017 Secretariat Vox Populi Award, or “Voice of the People,” with record-breaking voter participation. The award, created by Secretariat’s owner Penny Chenery, annually recognizes the horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained […]

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King Leatherbury’s Two Greatest ‘Regrets’ About Ben’s Cat

Reflecting after Saturday’s burial ceremony at Laurel Park, King Leatherbury told deadspin.com that he had “regrets, about Ben.” The breeder and trainer of Maryland legend Ben’s Cat, Leatherbury’s two greatest regrets come in the form of bets he didn’t make on the 32-time winning gelding. The first bet Leatherbury didn’t make came just after Ben’s Cat’s […]

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