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Maryland Million Named in Honor of Jim McKay

At a Sept. 18 news conference, officials of the Maryland Million announced the event has been officially designated as Jim McKay Maryland Million, which was approved by the Maryland General Assembly during the 2009 legislative session.

De Francis Dash Restored to Laurel Calendar

De Francis Dash Restored to Laurel Calendar

The Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association have agreed to the live racing dates and stakes schedule for the balance of 2009, including the return of the Grade I Frank J. De Francis Dash after a one-year hiatus.

Minor Details Bid for Most MEC Assets

Minor Details Bid for Most MEC Assets

Technology entrepreneur Halsey Minor said on April 3 that he has submitted a bid to Magna Entertainment Corp. under which he would buy substantially all of that bankrupt company's assets except Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

General George Draws Solid Field

General George Draws Solid Field

Trainer Bruce Levine has conditioned Roddy Valente's homebred Bustin Stones through four victories -- including three black type wins -- and a successful comeback from surgery on both knees. But the 4-year-old son of City Zip will have to step it up a notch to remain undefeated when he tackles graded company for the first time in the Feb. 18 General George Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park.

Dragone Ready for MJC Challenge

Dragone Ready for MJC Challenge

Chris Dragone knows he is wading into some fiery situations as the new head of the Maryland Jockey Club, but said he is more than willing to take whatever heat necessary to right a rocky ship.

Maryland Million Undercard Purses Increase

The purses of the Maryland Million Lassie and the Maryland Million Nursery â€" both races for two-year-olds formerly valued at $125,000 and run at Laurel Park on Maryland Million Day â€" will be boosted to $150,000 each this year.

Hamilton Returns to Saddle After Year Hiatus

Six and a half months after retiring for the second time, jockey Steve "Cowboy" Hamilton will return to the saddle beginning Oct. 6 at Laurel Park when he rides Roy E. Munson in the third race, a $30,000 maiden for 2-year-olds.

Laurel's Handle Continues Upward Swing

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The Maryland Jockey Club concluded its winter meet at Laurel Park on Sunday, posting total wagering figures that are nearly 24% higher than the same dates a year ago.

Horses at Kent County Farm Test Negative for EHV-1

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Test results on all 17 horses at a Kent County farm affected by the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus are negative for the virus and the Maryland Department of Agriculture expects to lift the hold order on the farm on March 4 after a final veterinary inspection is conducted.

Raffetto Named President of Maryland Jockey Club

Lou Raffetto Jr. was named president and chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club, with Chris Dragone replacing him at the organization that operates Pimlico and Laurel as vice president and general manager.

Equine Herpesvirus Update on Maryland Farm

Test results on the horse euthanized last week on a private Kent County, Md, farm confirm that the horse was infected with equine herpesvirus (EHV-1).

Laurel Park Horse Tests Positive for Equine Herpesvirus

Hey Ralphy, a filly trained by Rodney Jenkins at Laurel Park, was infected by equine herpesvirus (EHV-1), according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The 3-year-old was euthanized Jan 26 with a suspected pelvic injury. A Hold Order has been placed on Barn 9, where the filly was stabled, at the central Maryland track. Jenkins has elected not to train any of his horses until the Hold Order ends.

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