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Vespe: Tackling the Problem of Laurel’s Breakdowns

In a follow-up to an article he wrote earlier this week, Frank Vespe discussed the recent rash of injuries and fatalities of horses that have competed at Laurel Park. The second part of his article posted Friday on the That’s Amore Stable website, Vespe looks at what can be done pre-race, in claiming races, and […]

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Owner Asks, “What’s Causing Laurel’s Breakdowns?”

On Monday, the Maryland Racing Commission issued a report into its investigation of the recent rash of horses suffering catastrophic injuries in races at the current Laurel Park meeting. The MRC suggested in its report that the current safety protocols be tightened, and that there be an “increased study of fallen horses.” In a new […]

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A Star is Born: Maryland Tracks Auditioning Replacements for Track Handicapper

Frank Carulli, the Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park handicapper and racing analyst since January 2002, will be leaving the company at the conclusion of the Pimlico spring meet, which ends June 8. Carulli will be relocating to Las Vegas. Next week (March 20-23) at Laurel Park, the Maryland Jockey Club will have four guest […]

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Maryland Racing Commission Investigating Rash of Breakdowns at Laurel Park

The Maryland Racing Commission, which has been investigating a rash of recent injuries at Laurel Park, issued a report Monday which did not identify a specific cause for the sudden increase in equine deaths. According to an article in the Baltimore Sun, ten horses were injured and euthanized at the racetrack over a six-week period […]

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Laurel Park, Charles Town Cancel Wednesday Cards

Live racing at Laurel Park is canceled today due to the weather conditions in the area. Training at Laurel and the Bowie Training Center is also canceled, but as of 5 a.m., Laurel and Pimlico Race Course will be open for simulcasting today. Live racing is scheduled to resume Thursday with post time set for […]

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The Kids are All Right: Apprentice Jocks Sit Atop Laurel Park Standings

One turned 21 in January, the other is a second generation jockey and both apprentice riders Yomar Ortiz and Trevor McCarthy sit atop the Laurel Park winter meet standings. Maryland-based apprentice riders have captured nine of the 42 Eclipse Awards for Outstanding Apprentice with Chris McCarron (1974), Ronnie Franklin (1978), Alberto Delgado (1982), Allen Stacy […]

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Funnys Approval laughs all the way to the bank in G2 Barbara Fritchie

Bobby R. Rankin’s Funny Approval went to the front and never looked back, posting an upset victory in the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2) at Laurel Park Saturday afternoon. A maiden win and two allowance scores at Mountaineer over the off-going were the credentials Funnys Approval brought to Laurel’s seven furlong Winter SprintFest fixture, leaving […]

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Major improvements in the works for Pimlico, Laurel Park

Both Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park are set to undergo some major upgrades, but officials with the Maryland Jockey Club are not ready to announce any specific plans. According to an article in the Baltimore Sun, Tom Chuckas, the chief operating officer of the MJC, indicated that both tracks would have “significant” improvements done […]

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Laurel Trainer McMahon celebrates birthday with win

Hugh McMahon celebrated his 45th birthday with his 17th victory of the Laurel Park winter meet when Vicarious Won ($3.20) won the third race. In the first 19 days of stand, McMahon has 17 victories in 39 starts with 33 in the money finishes. The longtime assistant to Scott Lake ranks fourth in North America […]

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Laurel Park escapee to stretch his legs again in Thursday allowance

Twenty days after getting his 15 minutes of fame by escaping from the Laurel Park backside and going on a 1.6 mile adventure, Bullet Catcher will make his Laurel debut in Thursday’s 8th race, a $40,000 allowance test at 5-1/2 furlongs. On Friday morning, Jan. 11, the son of Strong Hope tossed jockey Jeremy Rose while […]

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