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Slots Revenues Offers ‘Shot in the Arm’ to Maryland Horse Racing

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association credits casino revenues with a revitalization of the state’s horse industry, according to a story from CBS Baltimore. The organization says that the state’s breeding program has successfully offered incentives to horse owners and breeders to continue, and even expand, operations in Maryland. “It’s certainly a much-needed shot in the […]

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Magee Claiming Success in Maryland

At Christmas time seven years ago, Kieron Magee was in his mid-40’s and working as an exercise rider at the Maryland tracks. Today, he ranks third in the Laurel Park fall trainer standings with 19 wins from 44 starters, an impressive 43 percent. “I was getting too old to gallop horses for a living,” said […]

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Laurel Park Modifies 2014 Race Dates

The Maryland Jockey Club and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association have modified the January and February live racing dates for the upcoming 2014 winter meeting at Laurel Park. Instead of racing Thursday through Saturday during the first two months of the year, Wednesday racing will replace Friday on the schedule. The change was approved by […]

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Apprentice Jockey Nik Juarez Wins with First Mount

Apprentice Nik Juarez won with his first lifetime mount when odds-on favorite Love Heart beat six other $5,000 claimers in today’s fifth race at Laurel Park. The twenty-year-old Juarez, who is the son of former rider Calixto Juarez and the grandson of exercise rider Charlie Linton, broke just a little tardily aboard Love Heart as […]

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Trainer Ness Gets 2,000th Career Win

Trainer Jamie Ness won for the 2,000th time in his career when Caylee’s Song took the second race at Laurel Park in Maryland on the Thanksgiving day program on Thursday. The 6-year-old gelding beat six other claimers and paid $4 as the even money favorite. Ness narrowly missed reaching the plateau in the opener when […]

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Laurel: Fans Give Dance to Bristol Send Off to Broodmare Career

Between today’s fourth and fifth races, the Maryland Jockey Club presented a special retirement ceremony for Bowie-based Dance to Bristol, who completed her career with a sixth place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) earlier this month. The filly was on hand in the winners’ circle, as were her owner, trainer […]

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Laurel: Eighttofasttocatch Makes It Three Years in a Row in Jennings Handicap

Sylvia Heft’s Eighttofasttocatch bounded to the lead a few strides out of the gate and was in complete control the rest of the way as he drove to victory in the $100,000 Jennings Handicap for registered Maryland-breds. This was the third year in a row that the Tim Keefe trainee had won the Jennings, matching […]

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Ness Moves Closer to 2,000-Win Milestone

Trainer Jamie Ness moved closer to 2,000 career victories after saddling Drunken Love to victory in Wednesday’s third race. The 39-year-old, who ranks fourth nationally with 209 winners, is three wins shy of the milestone. Ness is scheduled to run two horses at Laurel Park Thursday, has runners in five races Friday afternoon and entered […]

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Dance to Bristol to be Honored at Laurel Park Saturday

Saturday’s nine-race card will feature four $100,000 stakes races and a special retirement ceremony for Bowie-based Dance to Bristol, who completed her career with a sixth place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) earlier this month. Owned by Taneytown resident Susan Wantz and trained by Ollie Figgins III, Dance to Bristol […]

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