Laurel Park has canceled its live racing program for Jan. 25, but not because of the about 30 inches of snow that fell on the racing surface over the weekend.
The Maryland Jockey Club has enacted a house rule for the Laurel Park meet that requires trainers of claimed horses to report joint injections administered in the previous 30 days.
Maryland racing stakeholders the evening of Nov. 20 received a status report on the state of the industry, and they were told there is great potential for growth in the state.
At a time when some Mid-Atlantic region tracks are cutting live racing dates, Maryland is moving in the opposite direction as part of a master plan to make the state a year-round Thoroughbred racing and stabling destination.
The Maryland Jockey Club will host a town hall meeting with industry leaders Nov. 20 to share and discuss its vision for the future of the Maryland Thoroughbred industry.
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 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.
Divining Rod gallops at Fair Hill on May 9, 2015. Courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club
Bodhisattva gallops at Laurel Park May 10, 2015. Courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club
Watch races from previous Bob Baffert Preakness winners. Courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club
All horses scheduled to compete in the 140th Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course must be on the grounds by noon May 14, according to security and pre-race procedures issued by the MJC.
Maryland Jockey Club vice president and general manager Sal Sinatra looks at the first Preakness Stakes since he assumed his position. watch video
Maryland Jockey Club vice president and general manager Sal Sinatra looks at the first Preakness Stakes since he assumed his position.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced today it will offer a Pick 5 with an industry-low 12% takeout when Pimlico Race Course opens April 2 for its spring meet.
On the heels of the Maryland Racing Commission suspending trainer Hector Garcia, the Maryland Jockey Club has decided to ban Garcia and his sometimes-boss Juan C. Vazquez from its racetracks.
Sam Elliott, most recently vice president of racing at Suffolk Downs in Massachusetts, is the new director of racing at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania.
The Maryland Jockey Club reported a decrease in pari-mutuel handle on live racing at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course in 2014, but total and average purses were up from 2013.
The Maryland Jockey Club Jan. 6 said it expects to have 150 new stalls ready for occupation at Laurel Park by April.
Summer racing will return to Maryland in 2015 under a schedule approved by the Maryland Racing Commission Nov. 11.
Attendance for the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) was believed to be about 117,000 as of 3 p.m. EDT with hopes by management that the final tally will be even higher.
Thanks to a 10-year agreement reached nearly two years ago, hope has replaced uncertainty. Tom Chuckas was at the forefront of the deal.
Laurel Park will begin its fall meet Sept. 19 with full fields, particularly for turf races, and an adjusted schedule that groups stakes on certain days.
Seven more live racing dates during the spring meet at Pimlico Race Course led to an increase in total pari-mutuel handle, but the daily average declined, the Maryland Jockey Club reported June 11.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that Laurel Park has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance and that Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore has been re-accredited by the Alliance.
Under a plan submitted to Maryland officials Feb. 1, the Maryland Jockey Club plans to build new stables at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course in a first step toward major capital improvements at both tracks.
The Maryland Jockey Club has introduced a Virtual Finish Line at the Laurel Park fall meeting. The video insertion technology delivers virtual distance markers and a virtual finish line on the main track and turf course.
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.
With bright sunshine and a forecast for a high temperature of 80 degrees and little humidity, Preakness Day 2012 is looming as a picture perfect day that should lure a large crowd to Pimlico Race Course.
The Maryland Jockey Club is expecting a full field for the May 19 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course, officials said.
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.
The logo for the 2012 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) was released by the Maryland Jockey Club Dec. 14. The second leg of the Triple Crown is scheduled for May 19 at Pimlico Race Course.
Maryland racing interests still hope to avoid repeating a situation a year ago that left Laurel Park without 2011 racing dates just a week before the meet was scheduled to begin.
The Maryland Jockey Club has told state regulators its financial situation will keep it from offering a full 146-day live racing schedule in 2012.
Penn National Gaming Inc. said June 16 it has a "definitive agreement" to terminate its partnership in the Maryland Jockey Club.
Pimlico Race Course reported its sixth-largest attendance and seventh-largest pari-mutuel handle for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) program held May 21.
Joe Bryce, chief legislative officer for the Maryland governor, indicated May 19 discussions held later this year will be of utmost importance to Maryland horse racing.
The connections of Preakness Stakes (gr. I) hopeful Dialed In aren't the only ones eligible for bonuses via the Maryland Jockey Club pending results of races May 20-21 at Pimlico Race Course.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced May 2 the release of a free mobile application for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry smartphones.
The Maryland General Assembly April 11 sent a bill that provides millions of dollars to help horse racing to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his signature.
The Maryland Jockey Club submitted an audited financial report March 31 that showed losses for Laurel Park and a small profit for Pimlico Race Course for the final eight months of 2010.
The Maryland horse industry made its case March 15 for legislation that would shift gaming revenue from capital improvements to racetrack operations.
The Maryland Jockey Club has announced details for this year's Preakness InfieldFEST, which will feature live entertainment, other events, and a $20 mug for unlimited refills of beer.
Penn National Gaming Inc. confirmed March 1 it has closed on the purchase of Rosecroft Raceway, a Maryland harness track it won in a bankruptcy auction.
Cordish Cos. of Baltimore has sued the Maryland Jockey Club and the owners of Indiana Downs for allegedly conspiring to defame the company, which plans to build a slot machine casino at the Arundel Mills Mall in Maryland.
The Maryland General Assembly convenes Jan. 12 for a session expected to include aid for horse racing, but action on the expansion of gambling is questionable.
The Maryland Jockey Club has announced that 15 stakes totaling $1,275,000 have been scheduled for the 49-day 2011 winter meet at Laurel Park.
The Maryland Jockey Club will receive more than $5 million for operations under the parameters of a negotiated agreement that will maintain a full 146-day live Thoroughbred racing schedule in the state.
A horsemen's representative acknowledged Dec. 21 there's still a little more than a week to get a racing schedule in place in Maryland for 2011, but he said chances are slim if the situation isn't resolved before Christmas.
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