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‘We Still Have Each Other’: Jockeys McCarthy, Davis Decide To Postpone April Wedding

More than just another mount or another winner, Trevor McCarthy and Katie Davis found something else at the racetrack. They found each other. Again. McCarthy and Davis actually first met as children of successful journeymen Mike McCarthy and Robbie Davis, then riding together in South Florida for the winter before going back to their regular […]

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Grade 3 Winner Majestic Reason Retired, Bred To Irish War Cry

Majestic Reason, 2019 Maryland-bred champion older female and winner of the Grade 3 Barbara Fritchie Stakes last month, has been retired. In a post on trainer Graham Motion’s Herringswell Stables’ Twitter page the afternoon of Monday, March 23, it stated: “Majestic Reason left today to be bred. Had originally planned a summer campaign for her […]

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American Horses Return From Dubai; Trainers Remain In Isolation

Having arrived safely back in the United States from Dubai, Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable, Pantofel Stable and Howling Pigeon Farms’ 3-year-old Shotski will get some time off as his connections ponder what’s next for the Grade 2 winner. Laurel Park-based trainer Jerry O’Dwyer said Shotski landed in Newark, N.J. Thursday along with other American horses […]

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Laurel Park Racing Suspended After Governor Issues ‘Maryland Unites’ Initiative

Laurel Park and the Rosecroft harness track in Maryland are suspending all racing, effective immediately and until further notice, after Gov. Larry Hogan announced a “Maryland Unites” initiative aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19. The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association distributed news of the shutdown on Friday morning on its text message […]

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COVID-19: Only Laurel, Pimlico-Stabled Horses To Be Permitted To Race At Laurel

Laurel Park’s stable area will be closed to horses other than those based at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course in Maryland, effectively immediately. Shippers will not be permitted, and any that had been entered for the programs of Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21, at Laurel Park will be scratched. The decision is part […]

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Stronach 5 Features Races From Florida, California, Maryland — All In 30 Minutes

Friday’s Stronach 5, featuring a $100,000 guaranteed pool and industry-low 12-percent takeout, will go coast-to-coast with races from Laurel Park, Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park and Golden Gate Fields all in approximately 30 minutes. Fans can watch and wager on the action at 1/ST.COM/BET as well as stream all the action in English and Spanish at,,, […]

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Bill Financing Project To Rebuild Pimlico, Laurel Awaits Governor’s Signature

The Racing and Community Development Act of 2020, which authorizes financing for the rebuild of Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park, cleared the Maryland General Assembly March 18—the final day of an abbreviated session—and goes to Gov. Larry Hogan for consideration. The legislation calls for the Maryland Stadium Authority to issue up to $375 million […]

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Maryland-Based Shotski Lands In Dubai For Bid In UAE Derby

Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable, Pantofel Stable and Howling Pigeon Farms’ Grade 2 winner Shotski, fourth last out in the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2) Feb. 29 at Gulfstream Park, arrived in Dubai Wednesday ahead of his next scheduled start in the $2.5 million UAE Derby (G2) March 28. Laurel Park-based trainer Jerry O’Dwyer said Shotski […]

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Laurel Park Live Racing To Continue On Friday, With Strict Protocols In Place

Live Thoroughbred racing at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md., will continue on Friday, March 20, 2020, consistent with the strict protocols announced by the Maryland Jockey Club on March 13 and in accordance with Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive orders issued on Sunday, March 15. A statement from the governor’s office accompanying the executive orders read: […]

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