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.
An economic impact study of the Maryland horse industry released Nov. 21 shows that Maryland horse farming brings in more than $1.15 billion in economic activity a year, 23% higher than the $930 million it generated in 2010.
The Nov. 19 "Fall Festival of Racing" card at Laurel Park, saw a 19.6% increase in handle compared with the 2015 edition.
Son of Tiznow will stand for $3,000
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.
Will be working with Maryland tracks to find second careers for ex-racehorses
Breed locally. Sell locally, Buy locally. Those actions drive the regional Thoroughbred auctions such as the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic yearling sale that will be held Oct. 4 in Timonium, Md.
As the yearling auction season nears the finish line with two sales remaining, it appears that the year will end with modest declines in all major metrics, continuing the trends seen in recent years and earlier this year in the juvenile market.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Northeast Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Will retire to Country Life Farm Nov. 30.
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.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 360 yearlings for its Midlantic fall yearling sale to be held Tuesday Oct. 4 in Timonium, Md. The sale will begin at 10 a.m. EDT.
Bolstered by increased purses and a new trainer bonus program, live racing shifts to Timonium for the annual Maryland State Fair meet, which starts Aug. 26.
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 Maryland State Fair will offer trainer bonuses worth $20,000 for the seven-day Timonium meet that begins Aug. 26.
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.
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.
Casino at Ocean Downs, a harness track on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, is in the process of being purchased by Churchill Downs Inc. and Saratoga Casino Holdings from Delaware Park owner William Rickman.
Two and half months after entering into an agreement to buy Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland from Penn National Gaming Inc., The Stronach Group announced Aug. 2 it has closed the deal.
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.
Following a quiet spring during the Pimlico meet, trainer Tim Keefe has gotten off to a quick start at Laurel Park's summer meet. He's also a triathlete and assists his wife in the area of racehorse aftercare.
- 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.
Lael Stables' Divining Rod, a grade III winner who has been away from the races since last August, worked five furlongs at Fair Hill Training Center July 14 in preparation for his 4-year-old debut.
The Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show to benefit the Foxie G Foundation and Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue will take place July 17 in the infield at Pimlico Race Course.
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.
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.
An owners' bonus program for Virginia-bred runners that win overnight races at tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region will begin July 1 and run through Dec. 31.
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.
The Maryland Racing Commission June 27 voted unanimously to treat a spate of recent positive tests for glaucine as environmental contamination, to release purse funds that had been withheld in some cases, and to hold harmless the affected trainers.
Trevor McCarthy rode three winners June 26, closing day of the Preakness (gr. I) meet at Pimlico Race Course, to earn his second consecutive jockey title in Maryland this year.
With two days remaining in the Preakness (gr. I) meet at Pimlico Race Course, trainer Kieron Magee clinched his second consecutive Maryland training title when Mothernaturespell won the fourth race at the Baltimore racetrack June 24.
A computer glitch linked to United Tote resulted in more than $100,000 in bogus wagers pouring into a daily double pool in late April at Plainridge Park, a Massachusetts Standardbred track.
Horses bred in Maryland and Virginia will be in the spotlight June 25 at Pimlico Race Course as part of a new venture between racing and breeding interests in the two states.
There is no timetable for a return to the races for Adam and Jalin Stable's millionaire Page McKenney, but he continues to recover from filling in a tendon that led to his scratch from the May 20 Sagamore Spirit Pimlico Special (gr. III).
The 4-year-old colt Bodhisattva, who won the 2015 Federico Tesio Stakes, returned to Pimlico Race Course June 19 and won his first race in more than a year.
Jockey Feargal Lynch has put the past behind him and has been making some noise during the current Pimlico Race Course meet.
Jockey working to rebuild business in Maryland, where he won 24 titles.
Maryland sire has set the stage for the A.P. Indy sire line
A cooperative effort between Maryland and Virginia racing and breeding stakeholders will expand this year beginning June 25 at Pimlico Race Course.
Not For Love, Maryland's leading sire for more than a dozen years, was euthanized the evening of May 29 because of complications from colic.
Fan favorite Ben’s Cat continues to excel for Hall of Famer King Leatherbury. The Blood-Horse caught up with the 10-year-old warrior and his connections in Maryland, where he dashed to his fifth Jim McKay Turf Sprint score.
Jockey Daniel Centeno, who suffered a fractured collarbone after a fall in the fourth race at Pimlico Race Course May 21, returned home to Tampa, Fla., to continue his recovery.
More than $100,000 was raised for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which had a major presence May 20-21 on Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) days.
Reddam Racing's Nyquist the morning of May 25 was improving after an elevated white blood cell count and fever, while Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator jogged two miles on the main track at Pimlico Race Course.
A wet day didn't stop the party for fans at Pimlico for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). The action on the track and infield made for one of the best parties in sports as Exaggerator avenged his earlier losses to Nyquist.
Action picked up midway through the second day of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale when a Friesan Fire colt became the highest price so far at $825,000, while a Speightstown colt sold for $500,000.
About a half million more viewers tuned in to watch Exaggerator deliver Nyquist his first loss than watched American Pharoah in 2015.
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