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Chalk Talk: MJC’s Sinatra Speaks To Maryland Students About Horse Industry

Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra spoke to approximately 80 students Wednesday afternoon at the University of Maryland about the sport and the business of Thoroughbred Racing. Sinatra spoke to students taking the class Gambling in the New Millennium about the economic impact of Thoroughbred racing in Maryland, the improvements at Laurel Park, sports […]

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‘We Believe In This Sport’: Maryland Million Handle Up 30 Percent

Total handle on Saturday’s 33rd Jim McKay Maryland Million Day at Laurel Park was $5.704 million, an increase of 30.3 percent over last year and the largest handle on Maryland Million Day since 2007. It was also the first time since 2007 that total handle was over $5 million. An estimated 22,000 people witnessed history […]

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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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