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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Merritt ‘A Gem’ From The Rough Side Of Town

When Adriane Merritt visits Laurel Park and watches her son, Dominick, work as an exercise rider, she believes a mother’s prayers were answered. Adriane and her husband, Gary, raised Dominick and his two older siblings, Michelle Branch and Delvon Merritt, in an inner-city neighborhood on the east side of Baltimore that no one would choose. […]

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Sweet 16: Charlie Marquez Rides First Winner At Laurel Park

Racing first off the claim for trainer Phil Schoenthal’s Kingdom Bloodstock, Inc., Sierra Leona rallied from mid-pack for a three-quarter-length triumph Thursday at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md., to give jockey Charlie Marquez his first professional win. It was the eighth mount for the 16-year-old Marquez, who debuted Jan. 1 at Laurel, finishing fourth on […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Maryland Racing Community Shows Its ‘Heart’ During Trainer’s Family Crisis

Maryland based-trainer Phil Schoenthal used to become upset when things did not go his way in a sport filled with adversity. Not anymore. He remains passionate about winning and the attention to detail that requires, but his perspective radically changed when his son Emerson, then 3 years old, was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy last spring. […]

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Juvenile, Turf Racing Returns To Laurel Park This Thursday

Live racing returns to Laurel Park with an eight-race program Thursday, April 18 that marks the seasonal debut of both juvenile and turf racing to the Maryland calendar. Thursday’s opener is a $40,000 maiden special weight sprint going 4 ½ furlongs on the main track which attracted nine 2-year-old fillies, including a pair each from […]

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Maryland Thoroughbred Industry Renaissance Award Finalists Announced; Awards Included For Backstretch Worker Of The Year

The second annual Maryland Thoroughbred Industry Renaissance Awards will be presented to the top Maryland owner, trainer, jockey, breeder, broodmare and stallion, as well as the champion Maryland-breds of 2018, on Feb. 12 at American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. The Renaissance Awards were created to recognize the best of Maryland racing and breeding from […]

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‘Vision’ Elevates Her Connections With 38-1 Upset In Politely Stakes

Making just her fifth career start and first in stakes company, Elevated Vision bolstered her resume and lifted the spirits of her connections with an emotional 38-1 upset in Saturday’s $75,000 Politely at Laurel Park. The six-furlong Politely for fillies and mares 3 and up and the $75,000 Jennings for 3-year-olds and up at one […]

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River Gal Bests The Boys In Laurel’s Jamestown Stakes

Morgans Ford Farm’s River Gal, a half-sister to multiple stakes winner River Deep, continued the family tradition by surging past pacesetter Ready to Run in mid-stretch and going on to a 2 ½-length victory in the $75,000 Jamestown Friday at Laurel Park. The 12th running of the 5 ½-furlong Jamestown for Virginia-bred/sired 2-year-olds highlighted a […]

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Miss Behaviour Retired, Booked To Speightstown

Multiple graded stakes winner Miss Behaviour has been retired and will head to Kentucky or a date with Speightstown, according to a Daily Racing Form report. The 4-year-old Jump Start filly had been recovering from an injury, but trainer Phil Schoenthal tweeted on Thursday that her rehabilitation “hasn’t gone as hoped.” She leaves the track with […]

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Schoenthal Reaping Rewards Of Homegrown Feed

Trainer Phil Schoenthal has had an unusual hobby the past three years: when he’s not conditioning his horses, he’s ducking in and out of a hydroponic growing shed he built onto his barn at Laurel Park. Schoenthal had noticed that his horses had become slow to drink water during chilly winters, when their buckets often […]

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