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Laurel’s Fall Racing Festival Handle Up 35 Percent

Laurel Park’s Fall Festival of Racing, featuring the 27th running of the Xpressbet Frank De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) and six other stakes races, handled $5.073 million Saturday, an increase of 35.5 percent over last year’s program. Total handle in 2017 on the corresponding day was $3.743 million. Handle in 2016 was $4.513 million and […]

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New Stronach 5: Multi-Track Wager Set To Go Live On Sept. 28

The Stronach Group plans to launch a new multi-track wager on Sept. 28 that will be based out of Laurel Park, reports drf.com. The Stronach 5 wager, offered each Friday, will incorporate five races from different tracks owned by Stronach, including Laurel, Gulfstream, Santa Anita, and Golden Gate Fields. “The goal is to run all five […]

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Friday’s Opening Of Laurel Park Meet Brings Big Fields, Emphasis On Turf Racing

Full fields and competitive racing over its world-class turf course will once again be the focus as Laurel Park gears up to open its 40-day summer meet Friday, June 1. A total of 99 horses, an average of 9.9 starters per race, were entered for a 10-race season-opening program that gets under way at 1:10 […]

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Storm Forces Cancellation At Pimlico Mid-Way Through Card; Mandatory Payouts Monday

A severe thunderstorm swept through the area in mid-afternoon, bringing heavy rain and lightning and forcing the Maryland Jockey Club to cancel the balance of Sunday’s 10-race program at legendary Pimlico Race Course. The storm produced 1 ½ inches of rain in a short time and its intensity caused the main track to be uneven in spots. […]

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MATCH Series Moves To Monmouth Park Following Rainy Relaunch At Pimlico

The widely acclaimed MATCH Series returned after 16 years with a splash at Pimlico Race Course–in more ways than one–and the enthusiasm shown by the participants was a positive sign for the Series as it moves to Monmouth Park May 26. Steady rain over the May 18-19 Preakness Stakes weekend proved a challenge as numerous […]

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Preakness Attendance, Handle Third-Largest In History

The Stronach Group and the Maryland Jockey Club announced that total handle on Saturday’s 143rd Preakness Stakes, won by Justify, was $93,655,128. The handle, as well as the crowd of 134,487, was the third-largest in Preakness history. Despite rain showers, a sloppy track and dense fog, an energetic crowd was treated to 14 races, world-class dining, and entertainment […]

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Black-Eyed Susan Day Draws Crowd Of 48,265 To Pimlico

Despite a sloppy track and afternoon showers, a crowd of 48,265 attended Friday’s 14-race Black-Eyed Susan program at legendary Pimlico Race Course. The crowd was the second largest in the Black-Eyed Susan’s 94-year history, just shy of last year’s record of 50,339. The program was highlighted by seven stakes and Red Ruby’s victory in the […]

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Pimlico Earns Reaccreditation From NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Baltimore’s historic Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes, has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. America’s second-oldest racetrack, established in 1870, opened its 12-date spring meet last week and will host the 143rd running of the Preakness, middle jewel of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, on Saturday. […]

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Maryland: Horse Racing Industry Has $500 Million Economic Impact

The 2018 Economic Impact Study produced by the American Horse Council confirms that Maryland’s horse industry adds more than $1.3 billion to Maryland’s economy.  The report found that the horse industry total employment impact is more than 21,000 jobs, including a more than $500 million impact from the horse racing sector alone. The report quantified […]

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130 Nominations For MATCH Series Kickoff Races On Preakness Weekend At Pimlico

The first four stakes in the 2018 MATCH Series (Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships) have attracted a combined 130 nominations. The Series begins May 18-19 at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland as part of Preakness and Black-Eyed Susan Stakes weekend. The $100,000 Skipat Stakes for fillies and mares at six furlongs, and the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf […]

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