Laurel Park Racing Suspended After Governor Issues ‘Maryland Unites’ Initiative

Laurel Park and the Rosecroft harness track in Maryland are suspending all racing, effective immediately and until further notice, after Gov. Larry Hogan announced a “Maryland Unites” initiative aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19. The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association distributed news of the shutdown on Friday morning on its text message […]

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COVID-19: Only Laurel, Pimlico-Stabled Horses To Be Permitted To Race At Laurel

Laurel Park’s stable area will be closed to horses other than those based at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course in Maryland, effectively immediately. Shippers will not be permitted, and any that had been entered for the programs of Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21, at Laurel Park will be scratched. The decision is part […]

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Bill Financing Project To Rebuild Pimlico, Laurel Awaits Governor’s Signature

The Racing and Community Development Act of 2020, which authorizes financing for the rebuild of Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park, cleared the Maryland General Assembly March 18—the final day of an abbreviated session—and goes to Gov. Larry Hogan for consideration. The legislation calls for the Maryland Stadium Authority to issue up to $375 million […]

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Kentucky Derby To Be Held Sept. 5; Preakness, Belmont Stakes Dates Under Review

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced its decision on Tuesday to reschedule the 146th Longines Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve. The 146th Kentucky Derby will be rescheduled from May 2, 2020, to September 5, 2020, and the 146th Kentucky Oaks will be rescheduled from May 1, 2020, to September 4, 2020. These dates […]

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Jillian Tullock Named Racing Secretary For Laurel Park, Pimlico

The Maryland Jockey Club announced on Thursday that respected racing official Jillian Tullock has been appointed racing secretary at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course. Tullock worked in nearly every capacity for the Maryland Jockey Club from 1994-2019, including assistant racing secretary under Georganne Hale. “It’s great to be back with people I know and […]

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Early Triple Crown Nominations Due January 25

Early nominations for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds to compete in the three-race 2020 Triple Crown series – the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I), $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (GI) and $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI) – are due Saturday, Jan. 25. Early Triple Crown nominations cost $600 and must be made at the […]

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MATCH Series Expanded, Bonus Money Increased For 2020

The popular Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships Series (MATCH) has been renewed for 2020, with an expanded schedule and an increase in owner, trainer and breeder bonus money thanks to new partner racetracks, horsemen’s groups and breeder associations, the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association announced Tuesday. The Series, which returned in 2018 after a 16-year hiatus and works toward […]

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Maryland Jockey Club Creates Social Media Campaign Celebrating ‘Backstretch Heroes’

While the spotlight regularly shines on the horses and horsemen that bring national and international attention to Maryland’s Thoroughbred industry, the Maryland Jockey Club has launched a campaign to recognize the people whose passion and work behind the scenes play a large part in that success. Created by administrative manager Erin McElwee, “Backstretch Heroes” is […]

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Maryland Jockey Club Releases ‘Adjusted And Improved’ Stakes Schedule For 2020

The Maryland Jockey Club announced today a total of 38 stakes, 11 graded, worth $6.325 million in purses scheduled through mid-May 2020 at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, highlighted by the 145th running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1), the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, May 16. The 1 3/16-mile Preakness for […]

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