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Bern Identity Among 34 Nominated to Laurel’s De Francis Dash

Thirty-four sprinters have been nominated to the 23rd running of the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel on November 15. Introduced in 1990, the six-furlong De Francis Dash has been won by champion sprinters Housebuster (1991), Cherokee Run (1994), Smoke Glacken (1997) and Thor’s Echo (2006). Maryland Jockey Club stakes coordinator Coley […]

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Laurel Showcases State-Breds With 29th Maryland Million

Maryland-breds were the stars on Saturday at Laurel Park, competing in various races at the 29th Jim McKay Maryland Million Day. A pair of 8-year-old geldings were the highlights of the day: Eighttofasttocatch captured his third Maryland Million Classic, while popular Ben’s Cat was upset by Talk Show Man in the Maryland Million Turf. Hillwood […]

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Talk Show Man Denies Ben’s Cat in Maryland Million Turf

Michael J. Harrison’s Talk Show Man caught the ever gallant Ben’s Cat as the duo closed in on the finish line and won the $125,000 Maryland Million Turf at Laurel Park. For the second year in a row Ben’s Cat placed in the Turf. Last year he fell victim to Roadhog, who loomed large but […]

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Not For Love Dominant Sire Among Maryland Million Entrants

Introduced in 1986, the Jim McKay Maryland Million, a program of races restricted to the offspring of Maryland-based stallions, continues to receive strong support from Maryland’s extensive breeding industry. Maryland-sired Thoroughbreds are nominated before they become 2-year-olds and remain eligible for life to run in the Maryland Million races. After twenty-eight runnings, 222 stallions have […]

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Virginia-Breds Shine in Laurel Stakes

Panic Stable LLC’s Rose Brier became a stakes winner for the first time when he captured the $60,000 Bert Allen Stakes, the sixth in a series of Virginia-bred races contested at Laurel Park Saturday afternoon because of the shuttering of Colonial Downs this summer. Rose Brier, a Mizzen Mast offspring who is trained by Jane […]

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Apprentice Ritvo Victorious in First Maryland Start

Apprentice rider Michael Ritvo, in his first start in Maryland, won the eighth race at Laurel Park on Friday aboard Winter Lady, as reported by The Baltimore Sun. The 20-year-old jockey, who moved his tack to Maryland from Gulfstream Park a week ago, is the son of former jockey Tim Ritvo and Breeders’ Cup Classic-winning […]

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Laurel Ready to Run Six Stakes for Virginia-Breds

Six stakes races exclusively for Virginia-breds make up half of the card on Saturday’s 12-race program at Laurel Park. All six will be contested on the turf, weather permitting. Colonial Downs’ ownership and horsemen could not reach agreement on holding a meeting this year so the Maryland Jockey Club agreed to help keep the Virginia […]

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Trainer Dylan Smith Wins First Stakes With Vielsalm in Laurel’s All Brandy

Dylan Smith, who graduated to trainer this spring after Maryland legend Dickie Small passed away, won her first stakes today when Brooke Bowman’s Vielsalm galloped home to win the $125,000 All Brandy Stakes, the first of four stakes races on the opening weekend at Laurel Park. “Very exciting and also a little emotional,” Smith said. […]

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Live Racing Returns to Laurel Park Friday

Live racing returns to the major Maryland tracks for the first-time since early June as the 65-day Laurel Park fall meeting begins Friday afternoon, Sept. 5. Opening day features free admission, complimentary programs and drawings for tickets to the Brew & Bourbon (Sept. 13) and Oktoberfest (Oct. 25) events. First post is 1:10 Eastern. The […]

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