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‘It Plays Games With Your Mind’: Maryland Jockeys Have To Find New Ways To Stay Busy

Trevor McCarthy is raking leaves and cutting grass. Sheldon Russell is changing diapers. Katie Davis is (re)planning her wedding. Members of Maryland’s jockey colony are taking whatever steps they can as they join with fellow horsemen at home and around the country to stay busy and keep fit while live racing remains temporarily paused out […]

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Trevor McCarthy, Claudio Gonzalez Crowned Meet Leaders At Laurel Park

A rainy Sunday couldn’t dampen spirits as jockey Trevor McCarthy and trainer Claudio Gonzalez put the finishing touches on another championship during closing day of Laurel Park’s calendar year-ending fall meet. McCarthy, 25, was blanked on three mounts Sunday but finished with 52 wins, seven more than runner-up Sheldon Russell, also ranking first with more […]

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Laurel Park Jockey Title Race Is Down To The Wire Between Cintron, McCarthy, Russell

With four days left in the calendar year-ending fall meet, the race for the jockey title is going down to the final weekend. Sheldon Russell sits atop the standings with 45 wins, two more than both Trevor McCarthy and Alex Cintron. Russell is second with $1.62 million in purse earnings, trailing McCarthy’s $1.97 million. Russell […]

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‘Only Going To Get Better From Here’: Colonial Crowns Two More Stakes Winners Saturday

Despite the fact that Da Hoss Stakes winner Extravagant Kid was invading from Kentucky (via Toronto), the son of Kiss the Kid has strong Virginia ties with owner David Ross of DARRS Inc. who was instrumental in bringing racing back to the Commonwealth. Sheldon Russell rode the 6-year-old gelding to a one-length victory covering the […]

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Golden Lad’s First Winner Scores At Laurel Park

The first winner for Maryland stallion Golden Lad came on July 27 when Hello Beautiful went gate-to-wire in a waiver maiden claiming race at Laurel Park to prevail by 5 1/2 lengths. Hello Beautiful stopped the clock in 1:03.52 over Laurel’s fast main track, finding the winner’s circle for jockey Sheldon Russell, and owners Brittany […]

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New ‘Gentle Touch’ Riding Crops Well Received By Laurel Park Jockeys

Laurel Park jockeys used new, cushioned riding crops for the first time as a group during Thursday’s program to positive reviews. The 360 GT (gentle touch) crop was designed by retired Hall of Fame jockey Ramon Dominguez and put into use courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club, which purchased the first batch of 50 for […]

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Trimble, Russell Enjoying Successful Partnership On And Off Track

Their first wins together have come with horses named Always, Magical and Karma, which only seems fitting given trainer Brittany Trimble and jockey Sheldon Russell are rapidly approaching their wedding day. The up-and-coming Trimble and Russell, one of Maryland’s leading riders and owner of seven individual meet championships, are set to tie the knot Aug. […]

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First Career Starter A Winner For Laurel-Based Trainer Brittany Trimble

Peter Blum’s filly Oh My dueled on the front end into deep stretch and held off a determined late challenge to capture Sunday’s fourth race at Laurel Park and give trainer Brittany Trimble her first career victory. It was the first career starter for Trimble, 28, a former amateur rider and finacee of Laurel-based jockey Sheldon Russell […]

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Laurel: Jockeys’ ‘Concerns’ About Track Surface Led To Saturday’s Cancellations

Laurel Park canceled its final three races on Saturday’s Christmastide Stakes Day program due to “deteriorating winter weather conditions,” according to a Maryland Jockey Club press release. The Racing Biz reports that the Laurel Park jockey colony had a significant impact on that cancellation decision after three different riders were dropped from their mounts in approximately […]

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