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Laurel Winter Carnival Begins Saturday

The Winter Carnival returns to Laurel Park this weekend with ice sculptures, $2,500 in prizes hidden inside an ice wall, drawings for a 48″ flat screen television and other gifts, an ice bar with drink specials, and six stakes races including the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2) and $250,000 General George Handicap (G3). Gates open […]

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Beyer On Maryland Racing: Can Circuit ‘Return To The Majors’?

For many years, the Maryland racing circuit has been just a shadow of what it was decades ago. Both Pimlico and Laurel Park are in need of “major renovations”, which would be just one step in building a strong racing product again. In a recent column for the Washington Post, Andrew Beyer writes that bringing […]

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Maryland Racing Commission Doubles Lake’s Suspension To 120 Days

The Maryland Racing Commission, which had suspended Scott Lake for 60 days, has revised its decision and issued the trainer a 120-day suspension instead. According to an article in the Daily Racing Form, Lake had been suspended after having two horses (Lady Vivien and Kylie’s Cozy Kid) test positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol at […]

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Maryland: Trainers Sanctioned After Positive Tests for Compounded Drug

Three Maryland-based trainers have been fined and suspended after horses in their care tested positive for stanozolol, according to a report in the Blood-Horse. The drug, a synthetic steroid formerly known as Winstrol, is now only available through compounding pharmacies. Samples were taken from racehorses at Laurel Park in December and January; the trainers named […]

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Laurel Cancels Saturday Racing to Preserve Track Surface

For the third time this week, track conditions have forced Laurel Park officials to cancel live racing. Maryland Jockey Club vice president and general manager Sal Sinatra announced tonight that the central Maryland track will not conduct its nine-race card on Saturday afternoon. “Given the questionable surface we have had all week with the freeze […]

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Laurel Park Cancels Friday Card

Live racing at Laurel Park has been cancelled for Friday, January 23 due to track conditions. Laurel and its sister track, Pimlico Race Course, will be open for simulcasting. “It has been the same thing all week. The track is freezing at night and thawing during the afternoon. It is just uneven. For the safety […]

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Freeze Forces Laurel To Cancel Monday Card

Live racing at Laurel Park has been cancelled for Monday, January 19 due to track conditions. Laurel and its sister track, Pimlico Race Course, will be open for simulcasting. “After an unexpected freeze on Sunday, the freeze-thaw situation has made the racetrack uneven,” Maryland Jockey Club general manager Sal Sinatra said. “It is in the best interest […]

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Apprentice Thorpe Scores First Professional Victory

Apprentice jockey Darius Thorpe won his first professional race this afternoon and the aftermath turned into a spontaneous celebration by the Maryland racing community. Thorpe is the son of Avon Thorpe, the longtime assistant to legendary Maryland trainer King T. Leatherbury. Leatherbury hoisted young Thorpe aboard Rainbowappears, a horse that he both owns and trains, […]

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Maryland Million Day Set for Oct. 17

The 30th annual running of Jim McKay Maryland Million Day is set for Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Laurel Park. Jim McKay Maryland Million Day features races for Maryland-sired horses with purses and awards totaling over $1 million. The 2014 edition featured stellar performances by two of Maryland’s favorite Thoroughbreds – Eighttofasttocatch, who became the […]

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