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A $2,500 Yearling, Two Notch Road Now Boasts More Than Half A Million In Earnings

Two Notch Road had won three of 11 races and close to a quarter of a million dollars in purse earnings through his 3-year-old campaign when trainer Glenn Thompson was offered nearly twice his bankroll for a horse he had purchased as a yearling for a mere $2,500. He said no. A bowed tendon later […]

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Carrasco Makes Long-Awaited Return To The Saddle Sunday At Laurel Park

Journeyman rider Victor Carrasco, the Eclipse Award-winning apprentice of 2013 sidelined for the past nine months by injury, will launch his latest comeback with a pair of mounts on Sunday’s 10-race program at Laurel Park. Ranked among Maryland’s leading riders since coming to the U.S. from his native Puerto Rico in March 2013, Carrasco has […]

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Stronach: Pimlico Could Keep Preakness, Become An ‘Urban Farm’

Although 85-year-old Frank Stronach has previously suggested he was considering moving the Preakness from struggling Pimlico Race Course to the recently-renovated Laurel Park, a Baltimore Sun interview published Tuesday suggested he may be open to changing his mind. Noting his concern about poverty in the area surrounding Pimlico, Stronach suggested he would like to see […]

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Apprentice Hamilton Wins Four At Laurel Saturday

Apprentice rider Wes Hamilton, unseated from his final mount of the day on Friday, bounced back with three consecutive victories Saturday as part of a four-win afternoon at Laurel Park The 19-year-old Hamilton was uninjured after being dumped when 4-year-old gelding Tennessee Wildcat ducked in leaving the mile chute during Friday’s ninth race, a $42,000 allowance that was moved from […]

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Friday’s Opening Of Laurel Park Meet Brings Big Fields, Emphasis On Turf Racing

Full fields and competitive racing over its world-class turf course will once again be the focus as Laurel Park gears up to open its 40-day summer meet Friday, June 1. A total of 99 horses, an average of 9.9 starters per race, were entered for a 10-race season-opening program that gets under way at 1:10 […]

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Laurel Park’s Summer Meet Opens June 1, Offers $1 Million In Stakes Purses

A stakes program that includes 13 races worth $1 million in purses will be part of Laurel Park’s 40-day summer meet set to open Friday, June 1. Live racing will be conducted Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, July 22 before adding Thursdays starting July 26 and continuing through closing day, Sunday, Aug. 19. Racing shifts to the Maryland […]

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Ritvo: Economic Study To Determine Future Home Of Preakness

Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, owner of Pimlico and Laurel Park in Maryland, said results from the second phase of a Maryland Stadium Authority market and economic study will determine the future of the Preakness Stakes. The first phase of the study, completed in February 2017, put a cost estimate of […]

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Preakness At Pimlico Through 2019, But No More ‘Kicking The Can Down The Road’

The middle jewel of the Triple Crown will be held at Maryland’s historic Pimlico racecourse for at least one more year, according to the Baltimore Sun. Beyond that, The Stronach Group officials are not speculating on whether the Preakness will continue to be held at the track built in 1870, or will be moved to the […]

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Vargas, Gonzalez Take Home Laurel Winter-Spring Meet Titles

Journeyman Jorge Vargas Jr., riding his first full meet in Maryland, and Claudio Gonzalez, the state’s leading trainer in 2017, were each crowned meet champions on closing day of Laurel Park’s 60-day winter-spring stand Sunday. Thanks to a three-win afternoon Saturday, Vargas took a 49-46 advantage over 19-year-old apprentice Wes Hamilton into Sunday’s card, where he had four mounts. […]

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Edgar Prado Can Secure 7,000 Victories As Laurel Park Meet Winds Down

Edgar Prado was still a teenager when he first came to the United States, unable to speak English but with an undeniable talent to ride racehorses. More than three decades later, as he approaches his 51st birthday in mid-June, the soft-spoken Peruvian is closing in on a rare milestone that speaks to both his ability […]

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