The Match Series

Next Stop For The Match Series: Penn Mile Program At Penn National

The MATCH Series moves to Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course June 1 as part of a major racing program featuring eight stakes worth a total of $1.3 million. With 12 races planned, the program will span the afternoon and evening. There is a special first post time of 2:45 p.m. for the Saturday […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Family Feud

This week, Frank Stronach went public with his grievances about how the racetrack ownership company he founded has been run by his daughter, Belinda Stronach. Ray Paulick attended the meeting in Southern California and reports on it in today’s edition of The Friday Show. Where does this leave the situation at Santa Anita? Plus, the […]

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Foreman Relishes Match Series Return, Sees Further Potential In ‘Big-Event’ Focus

After considering 2018 a “trial balloon” from several standpoints, founder Alan Foreman is excited to have the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship Series return for the second year of its revival, ready to really take flight. The 2019 MATCH Series kicks off Saturday on the Spring Stakes Spectacular program at Laurel Park with a quartet of $100,000 […]

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The Match Series Kicks Off At Laurel; Several Returning Horses Set To Compete

Pewter Stable’s Dubini fell four points shy of winning a 2018 MATCH Series division title, and now he’s scheduled to return action April 20 at Laurel Park in the first leg of the series. Several other prominent horses from last year’s series are entered in other series races. Dubini, a 6-year-old Gio Ponti gelding trained […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: On The Lasix Plan

A group of the country’s most well-known racetrack owners unveiled a plan this week to ban the use of the race-day medication, Lasix, first in 2-year-old races and then a year later in all stakes. It sounds simple but it may not be. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick […]

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MATCH Series Kicks Off April 20 At Laurel; 100 Horses Nominated For First Four Stakes

More than 100 horses have been nominated for the first four stakes in the 2019 MATCH Series, which will kick off April 20 at Laurel Park in Maryland. Under a new format this year, each of the five partner racetracks will hold one race from each of four divisions on the same day for a […]

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MATCH Series Returns In 2019 With Revised Format, ‘Special Event Days’

After a celebrated and highly successful return to the racing calendar last year, the MATCH Series (Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships) will return in 2019, featuring a new format designed to encourage more participation from horsemen, brand the series as special event days at the participating racetracks, and make it easier for the racing public to follow […]

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Switzerland Too Fast For Rivals In Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash

Woodford Racing’s Switzerland bounced back from a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga to win the 27th running of the G3, $250,000 Xpressbet Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park on Saturday. Under jockey Feargal Lynch, the 4-year-old colt by Speightstown went to the front shortly […]

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Saturday’s MATCH Series Finale At Laurel To Determine Overall Championship

The overall championship in the 2018 MATCH Series—and more than $100,000 in bonus money—will be decided on Saturday at Laurel Park. The track will host the three final races in the 25-race series: the grade III, $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (3-Year-Olds and Up Sprint—Dirt Division), $100,000 Laurel Dash (3-Year-Olds and Up Sprint—Turf […]

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De Francis Dash Attracts Switzerland, Always Sunshine In MATCH Series Sprint Finale

Switzerland and Always Sunshine, whose lone graded stakes success each came in the same Maryland race two years apart, and a trio of multiple stakes winners are among nine older sprinters entered in a wide-open edition of the $250,000 Xpressbet Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) Saturday at Laurel Park in Maryland. The 27th […]

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