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Severe Storms Force Cancellation Of Five Races At Laurel

A severe thunderstorm bringing heavy rain and lightning through the area forced Laurel Park to cancel the remaining five races on Thursday’s 10-race card. The storm moved in as horses were being saddled for the sixth race. After waiting several minutes in the paddock for the weather to pass, the decision was made to cancel. […]

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Pair Of Winners Net $88,869 Each In Friday’s Stronach 5

Friday’s Stronach 5, which featured four winners paying $16 or more at four different tracks, returned $88,869.80 each to two bettors. The sequence started with the 8-1 longshot Umightbeanempress ($18.20) winning the ninth race at Laurel Park and My Point Exactly ($16) winning the second leg and 10th race at Gulfstream. The prices kept coming […]

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Laurel’s Rainbow 6 Solved For $56,819 Friday

The Maryland Racing Commission has formally approved a 43-day summer meet schedule for Laurel Park set to kick off Friday, May 31 and include a total of 13 stakes worth $1.1 million in purses. Laurel’s summer stand will feature live racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through June 30, adding Thursdays to the schedule starting July […]

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New ‘Gentle Touch’ Riding Crops Well Received By Laurel Park Jockeys

Laurel Park jockeys used new, cushioned riding crops for the first time as a group during Thursday’s program to positive reviews. The 360 GT (gentle touch) crop was designed by retired Hall of Fame jockey Ramon Dominguez and put into use courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club, which purchased the first batch of 50 for […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Maryland Racing Community Shows Its ‘Heart’ During Trainer’s Family Crisis

Maryland based-trainer Phil Schoenthal used to become upset when things did not go his way in a sport filled with adversity. Not anymore. He remains passionate about winning and the attention to detail that requires, but his perspective radically changed when his son Emerson, then 3 years old, was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy last spring. […]

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Laurel Park Jockeys To Begin Using ‘Gentle Touch’ Whips Engineered By Dominguez

The 360GT (gentle touch) crop, designed by Hall of Fame jockey Ramon Dominguez, has a larger, cushioned padding at the end designed to have less impact on horses. Laurel’s riders got a chance to get acquainted with the new crops during the special Easter Monday program. “It looks almost like a big cat-tail. It’s got […]

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Jorge Vargas Voted Jockey Of The Week With Trio Of Stakes Victories

With more stakes wins than any other North American jockey last week, Jorge Vargas, Jr. was chosen as Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for April 15-21, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than […]

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Apprentice Jenn Miller Finishes Second With First Mount Since 2017

Apprentice jockey Jenn Miller, riding for the first time since being seriously injured in a spill 17 months earlier, ran second in her comeback race aboard River Card Stable’s Moneymeister in Monday’s opener at Laurel Park. Miller settled the 5-year-old Bodemeister gelding, trained by Wayne Potts, in third before moving up to a threatening position […]

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Win Win Win Carrying ‘Momentum’ Into Churchill, Will Ship Wednesday

Riding the wave of momentum as leading trainer of Laurel Park’s ongoing spring meet, trainer Mike Trombetta will ship record-setting stakes winner Win Win Win to Kentucky on Wednesday to finish preparations for the May 4 Kentucky Derby (G1). Trombetta’s plans also include giving Win Win Win, ranked 16th with 50 Derby qualifying points, one […]

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MATCH Series Kicks Off Successfully With Large Fields, Superb Weather

The 2019 MATCH Series got off to an excellent start at Laurel Park April 20 with a mix of old and new in four divisional stakes won by horses based in the Mid-Atlantic region. And compared to last year’s launch, the weather was superb. The connections of the winners expressed appreciation for the series, which […]

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