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King Leatherbury ‘A Little Embarrassed’ But Appreciative of Birthday Tribute

he Maryland Jockey Club celebrated the birthday of legendary trainer King Leatherbury, who turns 80 on Tuesday, March 26 with a presentation in the winners’ circle after the third race. All fans attending Laurel Saturday received a complimentary button and free birthday cupcakes. “It is a little embarrassing but I appreciate the tribute,” Leatherbury said. […]

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Leader on Pavement And Dirt: Bullet Catcher Wins at Laurel

Bullet Catcher, who made local and national headlines earlier this year after escaping from the Laurel Park backside and taking a 1.6 mile journey, won his first race in nearly two years with an impressive performance in Friday’s 8th race, a $40,000 allowance. On January 11, the Jerry Robb trainee tossed jockey Jeremy Rose while heading […]

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Long Live the King: Laurel To Host Birthday Party For Leatherbury

Saturday afternoon will also include an early birthday celebration for legendary trainer King Leatherbury, who turns 80 on Tuesday, March 26. The tribute will include a presentation in the winners’ circle after the third race. Birthday cake will be available for fans after the winner’s circle ceremony in the Grandstand (in front of Longshots) and […]

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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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