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Laurel cancels live racing Wednesday; it’s a ‘go’ at Aqueduct

Yet another winter storm hit the Midlantic region on Wednesday. As a result, the Maryland Jockey Club cancelled live racing at Laurel Park for Wednesday because of the wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain in the Balitmore-Washington, DC area. Laurel and Pimlico will be open for simulcasting and live racing is scheduled to […]

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Employees, fans thankful to see Laurel’s opening day

For a while, it looked like there would be no racing in Maryland on New Year’s Day.  Or any day for that matter. But the end-of-the-year deal that secured 146 days of live racing for 2011 made it possible for thousands of fans and grateful employees to enjoy Laurel Park’s opening day card Saturday.

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Laurel Park to host 15 stakes races during winter meet

The Maryland track, which until recently was in doubt for its 2011 season, has announced its winter meet schedule which will include 15 stakes races including a pair of Grade II races over Presidents Day weekend; the Barbara Fritchie Handicap and the General George Handicap.

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Maryland Racing Commission meeting expected to be packed house

With an agenda more notable for what it’s missing (a proposal for racing dates at Pimlico and Laurel Park), the Maryland Racing Commission expects a crowd much larger than the couple hundred they saw for the meeting three weeks ago. Despite not being on the schedule, race dates for 2011 will be the major point […]

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Laurel workers worry about their own futures

Saturday was Laurel Park’s final day of racing for 2010.  Could it be the last day ever? The uncertainty over the future of racing in Maryland has workers at Laurel wondering whether they will even have jobs in the new year.

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Scott Lake reaches 5,000

Today at Laurel Park, Scott Lake became the sixth trainer in history to reach 5,000 wins when Communicator took a $5,000 claiming race by four lengths with jockey Malcolm Franklin on board. “We are really proud of what the barn has accomplished,” said Lake. We owe it to all the owners, horses and my help. […]

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Hope tough to come by in Maryland

The partnership that owns Laurel and Pimlico will offer a new plan for 2011 racing dates, but Maryland’s future is murky at best. Canadian journalist Allen Abel recently spent a day at Laurel and discovered why hope for a racing rebound is in short supply.

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Yoko Oh No!

“Imagine, Yoko wins” cried Laurel Park track announcer Dave Rodman. But the glory didn’t last. The hunch play at Laurel Park Wednesday afternoon, on this 30th anniversary of the shooting death of music legend John Lennon, was a horse named Yoko. While Yoko Ono, the widow of the ex-Beatle, was holding a quiet vigil in […]

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Maryland to consider slots subsidy

As a compromise to help come to an agreement between the Maryland Jockey Club and the Maryland Racing Commission, the state of Maryland is considering giving a percentage of slot machine revenue towards expenses at Pimlico and Laurel Park.

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Cancer survivor Wiley-Wagner gets first win in 14 years, then retires

Fourteen years after her last win, Mary Wiley-Wagner was in the winner’s circle again, this time aboard Sonata Brae for trainer Tim Keefe in Friday afternoon’s finale at Laurel Park in Maryland. But a lot has transpired in between those victories. Wiley-Wagner, now 47, is a cancer survivor. The wife of Maryland Jockey Club starter […]

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