Adam Staple and Jalin Stable's Page McKenney shrugged off a nearly nine-month layoff and won his sixth straight stakes at Laurel Park Jan. 21 in the $75,000 Native Dancer.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
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M M G Stables' sophomore sensation El Areeb continues to train forwardly at his Laurel Park base after stamping himself a legitimate 3-year-old prospect with his 11 1/4-length romp in the Jerome (G3) Jan. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The Maryland Jockey Club continued growing its Thoroughbred product and handle in 2016, announcing Jan. 9 that total handle was up 19.7% from 2015 and in-state wagering was up 18.4%.
Trainer Lacey Gaudet has a lot to live up to as the daughter of a renowned Mid-Atlantic trainer Ed Gaudet and respected Maryland horsewoman Linda Gaudet, but the sister to racing analyst Gabby Gaudet is taking it all in stride.
A steady presence on the Mid-Atlantic circuit, and Maryland in particular, since taking out her license in 1980, Mary Eppler made history Dec. 30 as the first female trainer to win a Laurel Park training title.
Calling it a "last-minute gift to racing fans and bettors nationwide," Laurel Park will serve up a special live nine-race program on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.
That lump of coal that Pimlico Race Course fans received in their stockings came in the form of official word Dec. 20 that the home of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) would, in 2017, also be the home to only 11 additional days of live racing.
Winter conditions including snow, sleet, and freezing rain forced the cancellation of the nine-race live program at Laurel Park Dec. 17.
Greatbullsoffire dominated a field of eight juveniles when he took the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity by six lengths lengths Dec. 10 at Laurel Park.
Laurel Park presents the Maryland Juvenile Futurity and Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship Stakes Dec. 10. Both races, worth $100,000, are at seven furlongs for Maryland-bred or Maryland-sired runners.
Laurel Park's 56-day winter meet to offer 22 stakes worth $2.2 million.
Jockey Feargal Lynch celebrated Laurel Park's Thanksgiving Day program by riding four winners.
Laurel Park will card a special live program Monday, Nov. 28 to make up for the Sunday, Nov. 20 cancelled program.
The Nov. 19 "Fall Festival of Racing" card at Laurel Park, saw a 19.6% increase in handle compared with the 2015 edition.
In the 24th start of his career, Lewis E. Mathews Jr.'s Ivan Fallunovalot collected his first graded stakes triumph and stretched his current win streak to four straight with a 4 1/2 length win in the Frank J. De Francis Dash (gr. III).
Stallwalkin' Dude aims to keep adding to his back-loaded highlight reel when he breaks from the outside post No. 9 in the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes (gr. III) at Laurel Park Nov. 19.
Jockey Sarah Shaffer suffered three broken ribs and a broken clavicle during a first-race spill Nov. 12 at Laurel Park.
America’s Best Racing’s Dan Tordjman got a tour of some of the recent renovations at Laurel Park. Improvements to the barn area and the grandstand put the track in position to make a strong bid for the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Admirals War Chest became the fifth back-to-back winner of the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic Oct. 22 at Laurel Park with a dominating gate-to-wire triumph in the 1 1/8-mile stakes for Maryland-sired horses.
Last fall, Admirals War Chest had lost five consecutive races before turning an out-of-town Maryland Million prep victory into his front-running score in the day’s richest race.
Cricket Goodall has seen Maryland Million grow and flourish to become the second-biggest day on the state's racing calendar behind only the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), and even serve as the inspiration for copycat events throughout North America.
Full fields and large crowds are expected when Maryland celebrates more than two and a half centuries of thoroughbred breeding and racing with the 31st annual Jim McKay Maryland Million Saturday, Oct. 22 at Laurel Park.
Ben's Cat, whose 26 stakes victories include three in the Maryland Million, had his final work Oct. 15 for "Maryland's Day at the Races," set for Oct. 22 at Laurel Park.
Four defending champions and six other past winners are among the 185 nominees to nine stakes on the 31st annual Jim McKay Maryland Million Day program Oct. 22 at Laurel Park.
The second annual Maryland Million 5K road race will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15, exactly one week before the 31st running of the Jim McKay Maryland Million Day program at Laurel Park.
Jockey Steve Hamilton earned the first victory of his comeback from retirement, piloting owner/trainer Robert Vukelic's Bo Vuk to a 4 3/4-length victory in the third race at Laurel Park.
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Deeply Undervalued made the best of his stakes debut Sept. 24 with a closing score in the $200,000 Commonwealth Derby (gr. IIT) at Laurel Park.
WinStar Farm's American Patriot is among 10 3-year-olds entered for the $200,000 Commonwealth Derby (gr. IIT) coming up Sept. 24, bringing grade I stakes-placed credentials into the 1 1/8-mile turf stakes.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Northeast Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Will retire to Country Life Farm Nov. 30.
During a distinguished 58-race career that began in 2010, Ben's Cat has 32 victories—26 of them in stakes—and has earned more than $2.6 million.
Laurel Park starts its 51-day fall meet Sept. 9 and will offer 32 stakes worth combined purses of $3.25 million.
Laurel Park's Sept. 10 Turf Festival, highlighted by five grass stakes worth $500,000, attracted more than 200 nominations, Maryland Jockey Club officials said.
Total pari-mutuel handle during the Laurel Park summer meet that ended Aug. 21 increased 20.2% from the comparable meet in 2015, according to Maryland Jockey Club statistics.
The Laurel Park summer meet training title ended up in a tie between Tim Keefe and Hamilton Smith, but jockey Jevian Toledo easily captured the riding title.
The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat, as part of "Maryland Pride" day at Laurel Park Aug. 20, will attempt to win the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes at six furlongs on the grass for the seventh consecutive year.
Maryland star Ben's Cat breezed a half-mile Aug. 12 at Laurel Park in his final timed work before seeking to win the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes for the seventh successive year Aug. 20.
Grade I winner and deceased freshman sire Brilliant Speed, who was killed by lightning in his paddock at Three Chimneys Farm last month, was represented by his first winner Aug. 5 when Fly won the second race at Laurel Park in her debut.
With Parx Racing in Pennsylvania closed for live racing from Aug. 10-Sept. 2, the Maryland Jockey Club Aug. 6 said it will pay all shipping expenses to Laurel Park for horses stabled at Parx throughout August.
The Jim Stable's 10-year-old Ben's Cat, winner of 26 stakes in his career, will try for his seventh consecutive victory in the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes Aug. 20, which is "Maryland Pride Day" at Laurel Park.
Opal Eileen Paul's Coastal Sea and Nicholaos Panopoulos and Sotirios Sakatis' Heiko set records on the Laurel Park turf on a hot July 24.
More than seven months after tearing his labrum and fracturing his shoulder in two places in a training accident, jockey Sheldon Russell will make his long-awaited comeback July 23 at Laurel Park.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Northeast Region, Southeast Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
Kentucky Downs and Laurel Park will host automatic qualifying races for this year's Claiming Crown, which is scheduled for Dec. 3 at Gulfstream Park.
Making his 104th start in a career that began in the summer of 2008, 11-year-old Maryland-bred gelding No Brakes came with a steady drive down the center of the stretch to earn his 21st lifetime victory in Saturday's fourth race.
The Maryland Jockey Club July 12 announced a $3.25 million fall stakes schedule featuring 32 stakes(four graded) and five Super Saturdays with four or more stakes.
Jockey Sheldon Russell's comeback to race riding is getting closer, more than seven months since tearing his labrum and fracturing his shoulder in two places in a training accident last fall.
In other Laurel Park happenings, P&H Stable had their first victory as owners with Sippy Cup.
Leading Maryland jockey Trevor McCarthy returned to the saddle July 4 at Laurel Park two days after he was thrown from a horse in the gallop-out after a victory.
Jockey Trevor McCarthy, who was injured in a post-race spill July 2 at Laurel Park, took off his mounts Sunday and remains day-to-day with a sore right knee, agent Scott Silver said.
Coming on the heels of a successful 28-day meet at Pimlico Race Course, the Maryland Jockey Club shifts live racing to Laurel Park for the opening of its summer meet with a nine-race twilight program July 1.
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