Laurel Park's 69-day fall meeting, which begins Wednesday, Sept. 5, and concludes Monday, Dec. 31, includes 32 stakes, five more than a year ago.
Houston, a high-priced sale yearling who developed into a multiple graded stakes winner, died April 12 from the infirmities of old age at Ren-Mar Thoroughbreds near Temecula, Calif.
- By Esther Marr
Today, I bring you the story of the up-and-coming off track Thoroughbred-turned show horse Constant Star, as told to me by Kimberly Clark. read blog
Sagamore Racing's Millionreasonswhy died Sunday morning after a training accident at Sagamore Farm near Glyndon, Md.
Animal Kingdom, winner of last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), resumed galloping on June 21 at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland.
After investigating the timing of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat's Preakness Stakes, the Maryland Racing Commission voted unanimously to change the official time from 1:54 2/5 to 1:53, a stakes record.
The Maryland Racing Commission has agreed to conduct a hearing to consider evidence based upon advances in modern technology regarding the controversy surrounding Secretariat's winning time in the Preakness.
In the wake of recent conflict over its structure, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association announced "major leadership changes" after a closed May 23 board of directors meeting held at Laurel Park.
The Maryland Jockey Club concluded its spring meeting at Pimlico, posting average wagering figures which were 9% higher than the 2011 spring meet. The average daily handle went from $4.72 million to $5.17 million.
The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training turned in a strong performance, enjoying a business boost from an improving Thoroughbred market overall and slots-rich tracks nearby.
A half sister to Triple Crown competitor Creative Cause brought $310,000 early in the afternoon of May 22 during the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Maryland.
A full sister to grade III winner Trinniberg brought $450,000 late in the morning of May 22 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Maryland.
The second session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training started with a bang when the first horse in the auction ring, a son of Indian Charlie, brought $300,000.
The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training opened May 21 at Timonium, Md., with increases in a couple of its key business figures. The average price grew 3.6% from a year ago while the median price rose 8%.
A Scat Daddy colt commanded $575,000 around 11 a.m. (EDT) during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Maryland. He is the highest-priced horse sold so far during the auction.
Interest in the 2-year-olds in training auction has been high, according to Fasig-Tipton officials.
Jennifer Rowland Small won more than 190 races as a top pioneering female rider in Maryland during the 1970s, but the biggest win on her hometown track came May 18.
Dale Romans got his first taste of classic success when he saddled Shackleford to win the 2011 edition of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). The trainer is back at Maryland's Pimlico Race Couse again this year with Cozzetti.
Rapid Redux, winner of 22 straight races from December 2010 through early this year to set the North American record for most consecutive victories, has been retired.
A son of Midnight Lute was among the top performers May 17 during the second and final session of the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Zagora will be trying to pad her already impressive resume when she takes on six rivals in the $150,000 Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) May 19 at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland.
Robert Abbo Racing Stable's Immortal Eyes, who just missed winning last year's Maryland Sprint Handicap (gr. III) after rating a bit early, will try again when the six-furlong event is held May 19 at Pimlico Race Course.
A daughter of Successful Appeal was among the standouts May 16 during the first session of the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Bodemeister is headed to the Preakness (gr. I) to challenge I'll Have Another after their memorable finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Hansen, the 2011 champion 2-year-old male, will not run in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), his majority owner said May 14.
The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said May 7 it will hold another vote on proposed changes to its bylaws after its general counsel found a "flaw" in a vote taken during a special election April 30.
Listen to trainer Doug O'Neill talk about Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another and his plans for the Preakness the morning after their big win. watch video
The Maryland Jockey Club is expecting a full field for the May 19 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course, officials said.
As he basked in the glow of winning the Kentucky Derby, trainer Doug O'Neill said the morning of May 6 that he gets "goosebumps" when thinking about the possibility of I'll Have Another becoming the next Triple Crown winner.
The Maryland Jockey Club has announced that "Horses in Cinema," a series featuring eight horse-related films, will be held May 12-17 at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Md.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 540 horses for its Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training May 21-22. The number is down 10% from last year's total of 600.
Penn National Gaming Inc. reported net income of $78.6 million for the first quarter of 2012, up 52% from $51.5 million for the first three months of 2011.
Kegasus, the controversial infield centaur mascot credited with helping attract more fans to the InfieldFest at the 2011 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will make a return appearance in 2012.
Pimlico Race Course has released its 2012 stake schedule that consists of 22 stakes, highlighted by the May 19 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), with purses totaling $3.425 million, an increase of $525,000.
Trainer Dale Capuano scored his 3,000th victory when he saddled Father Mudd to win the ninth race at Laurel Park Feb. 23.
Sondra Bender, a prominent Maryland breeder/owner, died Feb. 23 after a battle with uterine cancer. A resident of Bethesda, Md., she was 78. Her survivors include her husband, Howard, who operates Glade Valley Farm.
Pimlico Race Course, which opened Oct. 25, 1870, and is the second-oldest track in the country, has a new logo as its 2012 live racing season approaches.
Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. got an inkling of how good he has it when his charges Yawanna Twist and This Ones for Phil finished one-two in the General George Handicap (gr. II) Feb. 20 at Laurel.
King T. Leatherbury's homebred gelding Ben's Cat swept three divisional categories: older male, turf runner, and sprinter, and was named Maryland-bred Horse of the Year of 2011.
Legislation that would divert gaming revenue for horse racing to other sources has been introduced in Maryland, and in Pennsylvania the governor has taken similar action in his 2012-13 state budget.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced 2012 Preakness InfieldFest will include performances by Grammy Award nominees Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa.
The Maryland Jockey Club will honor the connections of Rapid Redux Feb. 18 at Laurel Park. Rapid Redux has won 22 consecutive races, including a perfect 19-for-19 season a year ago, and took home a pair of national awards.
An attorney representing horse owner James Riccio has filed an appeal of the disqualification of King and Crusader from his Dec. 17 win in the Maryland Juvenile Championship at Laurel Park.
A horse trained by Rick Dutrow Jr. has been disqualified from a stakes victory at Laurel Park because he was administrated Salix within two hours of the race, a violation of Maryland racing rules.
Laurel Park will soon raise purses roughly 10% across the board to a figure that will top the 2011 daily averages at two nearby racetrack casinos with which it competes for horses.
Thomas Kennedy, a World War II hero and long-time Thoroughbred owner in the Mid-Atlantic region, died at his home in Mt. Washington, Md., Jan. 6. He was 86.
Robert Cole Jr.'s Rapid Redux, winner of 19 consecutive Thoroughbred races in 2011, will be honored with the Special Eclipse Award during ceremonies Jan. 16.
Northview Stallion Station near Chesapeake City, Md., will hold open houses Jan. 14 and 21, 2012. The farm's stallions will be available for inspection from 2-4 p.m. (EST) each day.
Maryland racing industry officials already have scheduled their first meeting to devise a long-term strategy for live racing in the state beyond 2012.
Sheldon Russell and Dane Kobiskie wrapped up year-end titles in the jockey and trainer divisions, respectively at the major Maryland tracks after the Dec. 17 final card of the season at Laurel Park.
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