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Maryland Jockey Club’s 2017 Handle Exceeds $600 Million

The Maryland Jockey Club announced today total handle on races at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course in 2017 exceeded $600 million for the first time since 2008. Total handle was $627.3 million compared to $560.1 million in 2016 while average handle was $3.3 million, up from $3.091 million in 2016. There was also a […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: No Brakes Finds A New Speed

The 12-year-old gelding’s name still suits him. “No Brakes” doesn’t like to do anything slowly, from eating his dinner to moving across his pasture at the Virginia Tech Foundation’s Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MARE). “Brakey” developed quite the fan following during his eight years on the racetrack. In 111 starts, the Maryland-bred son […]

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Maryland Jockey Club Applies For Nine Additional Race Dates In 2018

The Maryland Jockey Club today applied for 171 race days in 2018, an increase of nine days over 2017. Laurel Park will conduct 159 of the days, beginning Jan. 1 and running mostly three days a week through May 6. After conducting a 12-day Preakness at Pimlico Meet from May 10-28 – a meet that […]

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Despite Uncertainty Surrounding Pimlico, Maryland’s Rejuvenated Thoroughbred Industry On The Rebound

On Saturday, Laurel Park will host the 32nd edition of the Jim McKay Maryland Million, the racing industry’s annual showcase event. During the past few years, the Maryland’s Thoroughbred industry has rebounded, with rising betting handles and a “rejuvenated” breeding program. However, as Childs Walker writes in the Baltimore Sun, there still remains an air of uncertainty […]

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Seabiscuit, Neckties, And The Grey Ghost Of Sagamore: Vanderbilt Was Racing’s Consummate Promoter

Every now and then, when the mood struck him, Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr. would stop shaving. After a couple of days, he’d pull a hat down over his brow and get dressed without putting on a tie. He’d forego the reserved boxes and the company of Broadway stars and slip in with the masses through […]

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Bonus Increase Set For Maryland-Breds By Maryland Stallions

Beginning with the 2017 Fall meet at Laurel Park, a 50% breeder bonus (the regular 30% plus an additional 20%) will be paid to breeders of registered Maryland-breds by Maryland stallions who win a maiden race in Maryland. This additional money will reward those breeders who breed their mares in Maryland and keep those horses […]

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‘He’s Ready To Go’: Jockey Pimentel Back In The Saddle After Injury

Just in time for the end of Laurel’s summer meet, journeyman jockey Julian Pimentel is set for a return to riding after being out of action with back and knee injuries suffered in a fall during training hours July 1. Pimentel, 36, is named on four horses Friday and three Saturday at Laurel, including Grade […]

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“El Orgullo De Maryland” Ben’s Cat Es Retirado De Las Pistas

Ben’s Cat, múltiple ganador selectivo y Caballo del Año de Maryland, ha sido retirado de las pistas a los 11 años de edad. El Daily Racing Form informó que el rendidor castrado culminó su campaña con 32 triunfos en 63 actuaciones, acumulando en premios más de $2.6 millones. El entrenador y miembro del Salón de […]

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‘Persistence Pays Off’ For Journeyman ‘Cowboy’ Hamilton In Maryland

Nearly a year since his return following a decade-long absence from riding races, journeyman jockey Steve ‘Cowboy’ Hamilton has settled into familiar territory – in more ways than one. Not only is the 43-year-old Hamilton back in Maryland, where he first made a name for himself and enjoyed the finest years of his career, but […]

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Three Jockeys, Two Trainers Tie To Top Standings In Preakness At Pimlico Meet

The curtain came down on a record-setting Preakness Meet at Pimlico with a handful of jockeys and trainers sharing top honors in their respective standings following a special Memorial Day holiday program Monday at historic Pimlico Race Course. The 12-day stand saw jockeys Horacio Karamanos, Kevin Gomez and Feargal Lynch each finish with a meet-best […]

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