Keyword: Laurel Park

  • Magna Entertainment and the Maryland horsemen both are in favor of slot machine legislation being passed in the state.

    MEC, Horsemen Support Pro-Slots Campaign

    The Maryland racing industry is throwing its support behind a campaign for slot machines, but it remains to be seen whether any racetracks would get the gambling devices should the public approve a statewide ballot measure in November.

  • Ryan Fogelsonger

    Fogelsonger, Garcia Avoid Injury

    Jockeys Ryan Fogelsonger and Geovany Garcia avoided serious injury after both fell hard to the ground after being unseated from their mounts during the first race at Laurel Park April 10.

  • Injured Jockeys Out Four to Six Months

    Jockeys Sheldon Russell and Oliver Castillo both will be out four to six months after suffering injuries during separate spills March 22 at Laurel Park.

  • Laurel Park

    Laurel Cancels Feb. 22 Program

    A wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain that is expected to hit the Baltimore-Washington region forced Maryland Jockey Club officials to cancel live racing at Laurel Park Feb. 22.

  • Undefeated Bustin Stones will make his next start in the Carter Handicap (gr. I).

    Bustin Stones to Make Grade I Debut

    The day after undefeated Bustin Stones won the Feb. 18 General George Handicap at Laurel Park by a head, trainer Bruce Levine said the New York-bred will make his grade I debut in the $300,000 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct April 5.

  • Bustin Stones (right) rolled to his fifth straight win Feb. 18, taking the General George (gr. II) at Laurel Park.

    Bustin Stones Wins Fifth Straight

    Bustin Stones led from gate to wire and held off a late challenge by Lord Snowdon to notch his fifth consecutive win, and first graded-stakes score, in the General George Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park Feb. 18.

  • Golden Dawn and Channing Hill cruise to victory in the Barbara Fritchie.

    Golden Dawn Rises in 'Fritchie

    A tidy six-length winner of Aqueduct's Fiesta Lady Stakes in her last start, Marty Cunningham's Golden Dawn repeated the margin and added graded status to her resume when she took the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park Feb. 16.

  • Apprentice Wins First 4 at Laurel

    Apprentice jockey Craig Gibbs rode the first four winners on Laurel Park's nine-race card Feb. 8, helping the 20-year-old rider move into a first place tie with Rosie Napravnik atop the winter meet standings.

  • Laurel Park

    Laurel Park to Adjust Race Schedule

    At their monthly meeting Jan. 29, the Maryland Racing Commission accepted the Maryland Jockey Club's proposal to alter the live racing calendar for the final seven weeks of the current Laurel winter meeting.

  • MJC Announces Total Handle Decline

    The Maryland Jockey Club announced its total handle declined by 8% during 2007, with five fewer racing days. All sources of handle totaled $883.8 million as compared to $960.2 million from the same period in 2006. The daily average handle from all sources decreased 6.5 % from $4.1 million to $3.8 million.

  • Apple Special pulls away in the Maryland Juvenile Championship.

    Apple Special Ripe in 'Juvenile'

    Morgan Wayson Jr.'s Apple Special turned in the most sparkling race of his career as he zipped past seven other two-year-olds in the year-end feature at Laurel Park, the $50,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship, to score his first stakes victory.

  • Luis Garcia had 140 victories at Laurel Park and Pimlico in 2007.

    Garcia, Lake, Win Maryland Titles

    Luis Garcia, Scott Lake, and Robert Cole have wrapped up year-end titles at the major Maryland tracks for the calendar year in the jockey, trainer and owner divisions, respectively.

  • Ask the Moon

    Ask the Moon Out of This World

    Trainer Ken Allard speculated that Ask the Moon was a quick filly, but he didn't know exactly how quick.

  • Abel Castellano

    Castellano Reaches Milestone

    Jockey Abel Castellano reached the 1,000 win plateau when he guided Johnny Z. to victory in the fifth race at Laurel Park Wednesday afternoon. The 24-year-old achieved the milestone with his wife Claudia and two-year-old son Andrew in attendance.

  • Chris Dragone

    Raffetto Out, Dragone in at MJC

    The Maryland Jockey Club announced Nov. 28 that president and chief operating officer Lou Raffetto Jr. will be leaving effective immediately to pursue other opportunities, and that Chris Dragone, a former senior vice president and general manager at the MJC, will take over his duties.

  • Travis Dunkelberger won his 3,000 race at Laurel Park on Nov. 28.

    Dunkelberger Chalks Up 3,000th Win

    Jockey Travis Dunkelberger reached the 3,000-win plateau when he guided Casey Doon, his only mount on the card, to victory in the eighth race at Laurel Park Nov. 28. The 30-year-old became the 140th rider to reach the milestone, according to Equibase.

  • Benny the Bull pulls away in the De Francis Memorial Dash.

    Benny the Bull Powers to Dash Score

    Benny the Bull saved ground in the early going, angled four-wide entering the lane and then pulled away for a one-length victory in the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) at Laurel Park on Nov. 24, scoring the first graded stakes win of his career.

  • Laurel Park has been approved for a 15-week winter meet at which two stakes were cut.

    Laurel Meet OK'd--Minus Two Stakes

    The Maryland Racing Commission has approved the 2008 Laurel Park winter stakes schedule, which was trimmed by two stakes. The 15-week meet will feature 17 stakes worth a combined $1.75 million.

  • Talent Search (right) has a golden opportunity for a graded stakes victory in the De Francis.

    Talent Search-ing For Grade I Win

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebred Talent Search has put together a banner year, placing in seven of eight starts, while winning three times. He has a golden opportunity for his first graded score Nov. 24 when he takes on seven challengers in the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) at six furlongs on the Laurel Park main track.

  • Laurel Park could be home to some 4,000 slot machines if legislation is approved by the voters.

    Optimism But Concern in Maryland

    Maryland racing interests are optimistic over passage of legislation to authorize a statewide referendum on slot machines in November 2008, but they indicated there remains a need for financial relief before the slots measure even comes up for a vote.

  • Laurel Park could be a benefactor if slots legislation is passed in Maryland.

    Maryland House Wrangling on Slots

    The Maryland House of Delegates put off voting on whether the state should have a referendum on slot-machine gambling after a day of changes in the proposal Nov. 15. The issue is on the agenda when the House reconvenes Nov. 16.

  • The Nov. 24 DeFrancis Memorial Dash (gr. I) at Laurel is scheduled to be the career finale for Will He Shine.

    Will He Shine Pointed to 'Dash'

    Millennium Farms' Will He Shine, a grade II stakes winner by Silver Deputy, will run next in the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) Nov. 24 at Laurel Park in Maryland.

  • Luis Garcia

    Jockey Luis Garcia Breaks Wrist

    Jockey Luis Garcia will miss six weeks after fracturing a bone in his right wrist at Laurel Park Nov. 8. The 23-year-old was injured when Yarroway clipped heels with another runner and tossed the rider in the eighth race.

  • Mario Pino

    Pino Delivers 6,000th Win

    Mario Pino became the 15th jockey in North America to earn 6,000 wins Nov. 7 when he piloted Pass Play to victory in the seventh race at Laurel Park.

  • Black Defies Odds, Continues to Win

    When Anthony Black broke a pair of ribs and three vertebrae in a spill at Philadelphia Park last November, it finally looked like the end for the 55-year-old jockey. But Black, who won a pair of stakes races on Maryland Million Day, isn't done defying the odds just yet.

  • Play Bingo Out of Maryland Million Classic with Quarter Crack

    Play Bingo, winner of the 2005 Maryland Million Classic, will not start in this year's renewal of the race at Laurel Park Oct. 13 because of a quarter crack in his left hind hoof, owner/trainer John "Doc" Fisher said Oct. 12.

  • At Horse Farm, Maryland Governor Floats Slots Plan

    If Maryland's Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley gets his way with the notoriously restive Maryland legislature this fall, the state's horseracing fans may at long last find slot machines installed at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course.

  • MEC Acquires Remainder of Maryland Jockey Club

    Magna Entertainment Corp. has exercised its option, pursuant to an agreement with certain companies controlled by Joe De Francis and his sister, Karin De Francis, to acquire the remaining interest in the Maryland Jockey Club, which operates Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course.

  • Maryland Lawmakers Float Another Slots Plan

    Republican members of the Maryland House of Delegates have proposed a state budget that would limit growth in spending and derive hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue from slot machines to combat a $1.5-billion shortfall. There were no details on how the horse industry would benefit.

  • Laurel Cuts Meet Takeout to 10% Across the Board

    In a program billed "Ten Days at 10 Percent -- Racing's Best Bet," pari-mutuel takeout on Maryland's live races will be cut in half during Laurel Park's 10-day summer meet that runs from Aug. 10-23.

  • Sunday Cancellation Closes Laurel Winter Meet

    The 15-week Laurel Park winter stand ended April 15 with the cancellation of the meet's final day of racing due to heavy rains and high winds in the Baltimore region.