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Glorious Empire Retired: Claimer-Turned-G1-Winner ‘Quite Happy With His New Lifestyle’

Matthew Schera’s Maryland-based gelding Glorious Empire, who rose from the claiming ranks to become a Grade 1 winner and Eclipse Award finalist for champion male turf horse in 2018, has been retired from racing at the age of 9. Glorious Empire left the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. early last month for a […]

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‘Time Is Always Beneficial’: Multiple Stakes Winner Hello Beautiful Easing Into 3-Year-Old Season

After Madaket Stables, Albert Frassetto, Mark Parkinson, K-Mac Stables and Magic City Stables’ Hello Beautiful capped her juvenile season with back-to-back stakes wins, her connections planned to ease the promising 3-year-old filly into her sophomore season. While those plans have changed somewhat with the temporary pause of live racing in Maryland, Laurel Park-based trainer Brittany […]

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Horsemen Are ‘Survivors’: Laurel Trainers Adjusting To Coronavirus Restrictions

After sweeping each of Laurel Park’s first two stakes for 3-year-olds this year, Euro Stable’s Lebda was on track to run later this month in the $200,000 Federico Tesio with a free pass to the 145th Preakness (G1) at stake. Lebda returned to the work tab March 27, two weeks after his triumph in the […]

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American Horses Return From Dubai; Trainers Remain In Isolation

Having arrived safely back in the United States from Dubai, Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable, Pantofel Stable and Howling Pigeon Farms’ 3-year-old Shotski will get some time off as his connections ponder what’s next for the Grade 2 winner. Laurel Park-based trainer Jerry O’Dwyer said Shotski landed in Newark, N.J. Thursday along with other American horses […]

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Maryland Governor Orders Shut Down Of All Racetracks, Casinos, Simulcast Facilities

In light of the serious public health emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has issued an emergency order to close all Maryland casinos, racetracks, and simulcast betting facilities to the general public indefinitely. “This situation continues to evolve and will escalate rapidly and dramatically,” said Governor Hogan. “These are unprecedented actions […]

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Shotski Tunes Up For Big Challenge In Fountain Of Youth

Ridden by trainer Jeremiah O’Dwyer, Shotski tuned up for Saturday’s $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park with a four-furlong breeze Saturday morning at Laurel Park. Shotski, who captured the Remsen (G2) at Aqueduct in December, worked from the gate in company, covering the half-mile distance in 48.40 seconds, the fourth fastest clocking […]

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Jerry Robb Saddles 2,000th Winner From ‘Small Outfit’ Saturday At Laurel

No Guts No Glory Farm’s Stroll Smokin was sent to the lead early and never gave it up in a one-length front-running triumph at Laurel Park to give trainer Jerry Robb his 2,000th career victory and cap Saturday’s stakes-filled Winter Carnival program. The win in Saturday’s finale came two races after Robb’s current stable star, […]

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Firenze Fire Blows Them Away In General George

Mr Amore Stable’s Firenze Fire made a victorious 2020 debut Saturday at Laurel Park, notching his ninth career stakes victory in the $250,000 General George (G3) at Laurel Park. The General George, a seven-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and up, co-headlined Saturday’s Sprintfest Winter Carnival program with the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie, a seven-furlong sprint for older […]

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‘Hard-Knocking’ Majestic Reason Makes The Grade In Barbara Fritchie

Hillwood Stable and Richard Golden’s homebred Majestic Reason, just days after being crowned Maryland’s champion older mare of 2019, celebrated in style by becoming a graded stakes winner in Saturday’s $250,000 Runhappy Barbara Fritchie (G3) at Laurel Park. The 68th running of the Barbara Fritchie for fillies and mares 4 and older shared top billing […]

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