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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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Sagamore Racing to sponsor Laurel’s Native Dancer Stakes

Sagamore Racing, the horse racing team based at historic Sagamore Farm in Maryland, in partnership with the Maryland Jockey Club, announced today it will sponsor the $125,000 Native Dancer Stakes on Monday, January 21, 2013 at Laurel Park. Entries for the 1-1/16 mile test for older horses will be taken Thursday afternoon, January 17. The […]

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Video: Horse bolts Laurel Park, hits the highway

Around 9 o’clock Friday morning, commuters traveling on U.S. Route 1 in North Laurel saw something they will never forget, a loose horse heading south without its rider. Bullet Catcher, a 4-year-old gelding from the Jerry Robb stable, tossed jockey Jeremy Rose while heading back to the barn after a morning workout and got loose. […]

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Apprentice McCarthy rings in new year with Laurel four-bagger

Mike McCarthy won 2,907 races as a jockey before retiring in 2002. His 18-year-old son Trevor is now 2,891 victories behind after a four-win afternoon at Laurel Park to ring in the new year. McCarthy visited the winners’ circle aboard Kincaid ($3.20-second for trainer Dale Capuano), Merryland Moon ($5.60-fourth for trainer Mike Trombetta), Bluegrass Kopp […]

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Baffert’s first Laurel entry runs off with stakes win

Bob Baffert’s Brigand, his first-ever entry at Laurel Park, pulled away to score the City of Laurel Stakes by one length Saturday. The three-year-old stablemate of Eden’s Moon was a $925,000 juvenile purchase by owner Kaleem Shah. “Bob handicapped the race and he thought we could win. That’s good enough for me,” said Shah. Bob […]

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Bold Affair wires field in Geisha

Charles Reed & Mike Zanella’s Bold Affair went to the lead, galloped along within herself and came home a driving winner in the Thanksgiving day feature at Laurel Park, the $100,000 Geisha Stakes. Racing one mile under Abel Castellano, Bold Affair completed the distance in 1:38.81 over the fast main track and finished four lengths […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: Coming Together in the Battered Northeast

While racetracks in the Northeast were largely spared significant damage from Hurricane Sandy, trainers, backstretch workers, and others did not escape the storm’s wrath. Just a short drive from Belmont Park, trainer Gary Contessa’s apartment was destroyed.  Trainer Tom Bush had a tree crash through the roof of his home.  Others, like Todd Pletcher and […]

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Seeing double: Laurel Park boasts double dead heat in Monday’s 7th race

Race seven at Laurel Park literally went down to the wire Monday afternoon as four horses arrived at the finish line together, resulting in a rather unique climax, a dead heat for first and a dead heat for third. The one mile test on the firm turf for was for optional claiming runners. A final […]

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‘Riders up!’: Former jockey continues passion for racing as paddock judge

Mario Verge has been involved in the racing industry in Maryland for over 18 years. For 15 of those years, he was a jockey, one of the best on the circuit. Verge rode 2,118 winners during his time in the saddle; one of the days he looked forward to the most was Maryland Million day. […]

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