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Oaklawn Invitational Offers Preakness Berth For ‘Late-Developing’ 3-Year-Olds

The Maryland Jockey Club announced on Friday that the winner of the inaugural running of the $300,000 Oaklawn Invitational Saturday, May 4 at Oaklawn Park will receive a free berth in the starting gate for the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1), the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. The 1 3/16th mile Preakness, to be run […]

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Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show On Hiatus As Maryland Jockey Club Considers New Site, Date

The Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show, which showcases retired Thoroughbreds in as many as 20 classes, has been placed on hiatus, the Maryland Jockey Club announced Sunday. Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra and Vice President of Racing Development, Georganne Hale, said they are looking at different times during the calendar year to […]

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Laurel’s Winter Carnival Generates 62 Percent Handle Increase

Saturday’s Winter Carnival at Laurel Park, featuring the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie (G3) and $250,000 General George (G3), generated a total handle of $4.338 million, up 62 percent from last year with one less race. Last year’s total handle on the day of the Winter Carnival was $2.668 million. In-state handle Saturday was up 57.7 percent. […]

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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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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 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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