The 30th anniversary of the Jim McKay Maryland Million will be celebrated Oct. 17 at Laurel Park with the running of nine stakes, which attracted a total of 155 nominations.
Stellar Wind, a four-time graded stakes winner in 2015, will train up to the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
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Stuart Janney III's homebred Onus grabbed the lead near the three-sixteenths pole and powered away to an open-lengths win in the $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies Sept. 26 at Laurel Park.
Gregory Bentley's Lola Beaux, a daughter of Equiano who began her career in Ireland, steps into graded stakes company Sept. 26 when she faces 11 other 3-year-old fillies in the $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (gr. IIIT) at Laurel.
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Preston Stables and Prestonwood Racing's One Go All Go lived up to his name with a stunning gate-to-wire victory Sept. 19 in the $400,000 Commonwealth Derby (gr. IIT) at Laurel Park at odds of 35-1.
Phipps Stables' homebred Mr Speaker showed off his top-level class Sept. 19 with a score in the $250,000 Commonwealth Cup Stakes (gr. IIT) at Laurel Park.
The Maryland Jockey Club Sept. 18 announced it will partner with Gulfstream Park and the Claiming Crown to hold nine "Win and You're In" races Nov. 1 at Laurel Park.
A pair of grade I winners will look to return to their multiple graded stakes-winning form in the $250,000 Commonwealth Cup Stakes (gr. IIT) Sept. 19 at Laurel Park.
Belmont Derby (gr. IT) winner Force the Pass hopes to rebound from a third in the Aug. 15 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) and towers over a field of eight in the $400,000 Commonwealth Derby (gr. IIT) at Laurel Sept. 19.
Laurel Park will open its fall meet Sept. 12 while it continues working on renovating its grandstand.
Based on the results of a 23-day summer meet at Laurel Park that generated positive numbers and response from the local community, the Maryland Jockey Club intends to do so again next year -- on some level.
Suffolk Downs, which on Sept. 5 will offer its first live racing program in almost a year, said it will subsidize the shipping of horses from seven tracks in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
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On a day his now Racing Hall of Fame owner-breeder-trainer was honored, Ben's Cat won the $60,000 Mister Diz Stakes for a sixth straight year Saturday while nailing down the 30th victory overall in his amazing career.
Horses bred in Maryland or sired by stallions in the state are coming out of the woodwork Aug. 22 at Laurel Park, where an 11-race program that includes four stakes has attracted 145 entries.
Maryland-based stallion Admiral Alex picked up his first winner Aug. 14 when his first starter Captain Alex scored a clear victory in his debut, a 5 1/2-furlong maiden-claiming race at Laurel Park.
The Virginia Equine Alliance plans to run a day of flat racing Sept. 20 at Great Meadow, while the owners of Colonial Downs continue to float proposals to offer racing through an alternative horsemen's group.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced it has started building the second of three new barns at Laurel Park. The $10 million construction project is to be finished next year. Each barn will have 150 stalls.
The Maryland Jockey Club's first casino off-track betting parlor has been doing pretty good business since it opened in late April, officials said Aug. 4.
Jockey Sheldon Russell returned to the saddle July 31 at Laurel Park after missing nearly three months of race riding due to injuries.
Mid-Atlantic star gelding Ben's Cat, who has earned nearly $2.5 million, has returned to Laurel Park after finishing what his trainer described as a "very disappointing" sixth in the Parx Dash Handicap (gr. IIIT) July 11.
Laurel Park was forced to cancel its opening-day summer meet program July 3 due to a water main break in Anne Arundel County affecting 40,000 homes and businesses.
While some details still need to be worked out, racing leaders in Virginia hope to offer the state's four graded stakes in Maryland at Laurel Park this year.
Pennsylvania-bred 5-year-old Page McKenney, who needed 13 starts to break his maiden in claiming company two years ago, has developed into a legitimate competitor in graded stakes.
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Laurel Park received Maryland Racing Commission approval June 16 to expand its summer meet to 24 days.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced June 8 that Pimlico Race Course's 37-day spring meet ended June 6 with sharp increases over last year in total and average pari-mutuel handle.
Maryland Jockey Club vice president and general manager Sal Sinatra June 2 said the plan is for Laurel to reopen July 3 and race mostly three days a week through the end of the year with the exception of the state fair meet.
Early reports from the Maryland Jockey Club the afternoon of May 16 indicated business was strong for this year's Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) program and related infield activities.
The operator of Pimlico Race Course is considering moving the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) to Sunday from its traditional Saturday spot in the future as a way to attract more fans for the annual two-day affair.
Bodhisattva gallops at Laurel Park May 10, 2015. Courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club
Stellar Wind, prepping for the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 1, worked six furlongs April 24 in 1:12 4/5 at Santa Anita Park for trainer John Sadler.
Veteran Ben's Cat opened his 9-year-old season with a runner-up finish Friday, April 17 in an allowance race at Pimlico Race Course. The 23-time stakes winner chased Bold Thunder throughout Friday's test.
Average daily handle rose 14.6% at Laurel Park's winter meet, which started Jan. 1 and concluded March 29, although total wagering was down 5.4% overall.
Jay Em Ess Stable's homebred By the Moon returned to the winner's circle after posting an easy four-length decision in the $100,000 Caesar's Wish Stakes March 21 at Laurel Park.
Tom O'Grady's Bridget's Big Luvy went right to the front and never looked back in the $100,000 Private Terms Stakes March 21 at Laurel Park.
Trainer Gary Contessa is very optimistic about the future of Combat Diver and is looking at the March 21 Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park as a launching pad for the son of Line of David's Triple Crown hopes.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced March 17 that approximately $7 million in improvements at Laurel Park, including new barns for 300 horses, could be completed within the next month.
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Laurel Park in Maryland and Parx Racing in Pennsylvania canceled their live racing programs March 8 because of continued weather-related issues.
Four tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region have canceled live racing for March 7 because of the continued impact from a winter storm.
Mother Nature continues to have an impact on North American racing as Laurel Park canceled its Sunday, March 1, live race card, due to a winter storm producing snow and freezing rain.
Due to winter weather, live racing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia and at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas has been cancelled for Feb. 27, along with racing at Maryland's Laurel Park.
Laurel Park, forced to end live racing after the second race Feb. 21 because of weather conditions, canceled its full-card for Feb. 22 because of lingering impact from the storm.
Due to winter weather live racing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and at Penn National for Feb. 20 has been canceled, along with racing at Aqueduct and Laurel.
In anticipation of extreme winter conditions including severe wind chills, live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York and Laurel Park in Maryland has been canceled for Feb. 20.
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