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Virginia-Breds In Spotlight With Quartet Of Stakes At Laurel

Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone’s homebred Special Envoy, who capped last season with three consecutive stakes victories, is set to launch his 7-year-old season against familiar company in Saturday’s $75,000 Edward Evans Stakes at Laurel Park. The one-mile Edward Evans is among four $75,000 stakes restricted to Virginia-bred/sired horses 3 years old and up over […]

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Carrasco Makes Long-Awaited Return To The Saddle Sunday At Laurel Park

Journeyman rider Victor Carrasco, the Eclipse Award-winning apprentice of 2013 sidelined for the past nine months by injury, will launch his latest comeback with a pair of mounts on Sunday’s 10-race program at Laurel Park. Ranked among Maryland’s leading riders since coming to the U.S. from his native Puerto Rico in March 2013, Carrasco has […]

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Connections ‘Still Having Fun’ With Bargain-Buy Woody Stephens Winner

When Still Having Fun rattled off wins in a pair of 3-year-old stakes at Laurel Park over the winter, his connections began to dream big and wonder how far the bargain $12,000 yearling would be able to stretch his talent. Considering a race such as the Preakness Stakes (G1) was nothing out of the ordinary […]

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Apprentice Hamilton Wins Four At Laurel Saturday

Apprentice rider Wes Hamilton, unseated from his final mount of the day on Friday, bounced back with three consecutive victories Saturday as part of a four-win afternoon at Laurel Park The 19-year-old Hamilton was uninjured after being dumped when 4-year-old gelding Tennessee Wildcat ducked in leaving the mile chute during Friday’s ninth race, a $42,000 allowance that was moved from […]

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Laurel Park’s Summer Meet Opens June 1, Offers $1 Million In Stakes Purses

A stakes program that includes 13 races worth $1 million in purses will be part of Laurel Park’s 40-day summer meet set to open Friday, June 1. Live racing will be conducted Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, July 22 before adding Thursdays starting July 26 and continuing through closing day, Sunday, Aug. 19. Racing shifts to the Maryland […]

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Preakness At Pimlico Through 2019, But No More ‘Kicking The Can Down The Road’

The middle jewel of the Triple Crown will be held at Maryland’s historic Pimlico racecourse for at least one more year, according to the Baltimore Sun. Beyond that, The Stronach Group officials are not speculating on whether the Preakness will continue to be held at the track built in 1870, or will be moved to the […]

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Vargas, Gonzalez Take Home Laurel Winter-Spring Meet Titles

Journeyman Jorge Vargas Jr., riding his first full meet in Maryland, and Claudio Gonzalez, the state’s leading trainer in 2017, were each crowned meet champions on closing day of Laurel Park’s 60-day winter-spring stand Sunday. Thanks to a three-win afternoon Saturday, Vargas took a 49-46 advantage over 19-year-old apprentice Wes Hamilton into Sunday’s card, where he had four mounts. […]

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Goodonehoney Dominates Weber City Miss In Second Lifetime Start

Making her stakes debut four weeks off a sharp debut victory, Kasey K Racing Stable and Final Turn Racing’s Goodonehoney turned in another impressive performance to win Saturday’s $125,000 Weber City Miss by seven lengths at Laurel Park. The victory in just her second lifetime start earned Goodonehoney ($8.40) an automatic bid to the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan […]

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Hawksmoor Set For Seasonal Bow In Saturday’s Dahlia At Laurel

Lael Stables’ Hawksmoor, a German Group 2 winner who developed into a multiple graded-stakes winner in the U.S. last spring and summer, will open her 5-year-old campaign in Saturday’s $100,000 Dahlia at Laurel Park. The 16th running of the one-mile Dahlia for fillies and mares over the All Along Turf Course is among five stakes worth $550,000 in […]

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Laurel’s Rainbow 6 Solved For $399,545 Payout Sunday

For the first time in 31 racing programs, one lucky bettor solved the 20-cent Rainbow 6 for a jackpot payoff of $399,545.94 Sunday at Laurel Park. Soft Landing ($10), co-owned by Span Investments and trainer Jose Corrales, was one of three horses live to take down the jackpot heading into the ninth-race finale, winning the 5 ½-furlong […]

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