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No Contest: Spill In Race 3 At Laurel Forces Outriders To Intervene

A spill involving 6-5 favorite Leather Goods and jockey Alex Cintron caused Sunday’s third race, a $24,000 starter optional claimer for 3-year-olds and up at about 1 1/16 miles on the main track, to be declared a no contest. Cintron and Leather Goods, trained by Hamilton Smith, broke from Post 2 and were trailing the seven-horse field […]

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King Leatherbury’s Two Greatest ‘Regrets’ About Ben’s Cat

Reflecting after Saturday’s burial ceremony at Laurel Park, King Leatherbury told deadspin.com that he had “regrets, about Ben.” The breeder and trainer of Maryland legend Ben’s Cat, Leatherbury’s two greatest regrets come in the form of bets he didn’t make on the 32-time winning gelding. The first bet Leatherbury didn’t make came just after Ben’s Cat’s […]

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McCarthy Expected To Begin His Return From Dislocated Shoulder On Dec. 5

For a while, Trevor McCarthy felt – and looked – like a jockey again. Wearing the orange and white silks of Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury’s The Jim Stable, the 23-year-old was at Laurel Park over the weekend signing autographs as part of Ben’s Cat Day, honoring the late Mid-Atlantic legend he was honored […]

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Prince Of Hempt Makes It Four In A Row In City Of Laurel

Thomas McClay’s Prince of Hempt, racing for the first time outside of his native Pennsylvania for his stakes debut, kept his perfect record intact by rallying along the inside in deep stretch to upset Saturday’s $100,000 City of Laurel on Ben’s Cat Day at Laurel Park. The seven-furlong City of Laurel for 3-year-olds was the […]

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Farewell To The ‘Amazing, Magnificent’ Ben’s Cat

Under a brilliant sky of blue on a Saturday morning that brought freezing temperatures to the Mid-Atlantic, they laid the remains of Ben’s Cat in the frozen ground at Laurel Park. In a ceremony attended by approximately 150 horsemen, jockeys and fans – and breeder, owner and Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury – Ben’s Cat’s remains were […]

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Broken Rein Can’t Derail Tricks To Doo In Maiden Romp At Laurel

Neither a broken rein nor the finish line could slow down Lael Stables’ Tricks to Doo in his second career start, losing his rider on the gallop out and needing to be caught in the paddock following a 5 ¾-length romp in Friday’s sixth race at Laurel Park. Both jockey Feargal Lynch and Tricks to Doo ($2.20), […]

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Quartet Of Stakes Winners Leads Juarez To Jockey Of The Week Title

Reviewing multiple stakes wins and strong weekly statistics, voters named Nik Juarez as Jockey of the Week for the week ending October 22, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Jockey […]

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Attendance, In-State Handle Show Slight Increases On Maryland Million Day

Attendance and in-state handle was up Saturday at Laurel Park on Jim McKay Maryland Million Day. A festive crowd of 22,682 watched the 32nd running of the Million, up 4.4 percent over last year. Total handle on Million Day was $4.377 million compared to $4.476 in 2016. In-state handle was $566,086, up 2.8 percent over the […]

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Maryland Million Classic A ‘Bonus’ For Hometown Jockey Juarez

Jockey Nik Juarez, born and raised an hour north of Laurel Park, put an exclamation point on his three-win afternoon by guiding Three Diamonds Farm’s Bonus Points to a come-from-behind 2 ¾-length victory the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic. Run at 1 1/8 miles over the main track, the Classic for 3-year-olds and up was the […]

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Spartianos Nails Blanket Finish In Maryland Million Turf

Everything fell in place for Nik Juarez in Saturday’s $125,000 Maryland Million Turf at Laurel Park. The up-and-coming jockey knew he couldn’t have given the Spartianos a better chance of winning, but he didn’t know for sure that the gutsy 5-year-old gelding had prevailed in an exciting four-horse blanket finish until well after crossing the finish line. […]

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