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.
As the Maryland Jockey Club hosts its biggest day of racing this year -- the 137th Preakness Stakes (gr. I)--the state's horse industry is bracing for changes on the horizon that could redefine how racing is conducted.
Cooperation and concessions could do wonders in the Mid-Atlantic region, which badly needs a circuit strategy. read blog
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender Done Talking zipped five furlongs in a bullet 1:01 at Laurel Park April 28.
Illinois Derby (gr. III) winner Done Talking breezed four furlongs at Laurel Park April 21 in preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in two weeks.
The 12-week Laurel Park winter meeting ended March 24 with Sheldon Russell and Dane Kobiskie winning individual titles. The 48-day stand began at the central Maryland track on Jan. 4.
Trainer Dale Capuano scored his 3,000th victory when he saddled Father Mudd to win the ninth race at Laurel Park Feb. 23.
Making her graded stakes debut, Magical Feeling split the two favorites in deep stretch to pull off a 27-1 stunner in the $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II) Feb. 18 at Laurel Park.
Rapid Redux, the winner of 22 consecutive races, was honored at Laurel Park Feb. 18 with a winner's circle presentation.
Toby's Corner, who when last seen handed champion Uncle Mo his first loss in the Wood Memorial (gr. I), makes his comeback in the $200,000 General George Handicap (gr. II) Feb. 20 at Laurel Park.
Led by a trio of in-form New York invaders, a field of nine was drawn for the $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II) Feb. 18 at Laurel Park.
The Maryland Racing Commission suspended jockey Alberto Delgado 30 calendar days for his ride aboard My Sweet Nenana in a Feb. 1 race at Laurel Park.
Kendrick Carmouche, the leading rider at Parx Racing in Philadelphia, made a successful trip to Maryland Jan. 20, winning four races from five mounts at Laurel Park.
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.
Apprentice rider Sarah Rook will miss six to eight weeks after breaking her left collarbone at Laurel Park Jan. 5.
Just as he did last time out, Rapid Redux held off a stretch bid from Awesome Rhythm at Laurel Park to continue his record-setting win streak, which has now reached 22 in a row.
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.
Rapid Redux has been established as the 3-5 morning line favorite Jan. 4 at Laurel Park, however trainer David Wells revealed that his star "grabbed a quarter" in his right front foot a few days ago and his status is in doubt
Rapid Redux will go for his 22nd consecutive victory when he goes in a $17,000 starter allowance Jan. 4 at Laurel Park. The Wednesday card is opening day of the 2012 Laurel Park winter meeting.
Maryland racing industry officials already have scheduled their first meeting to devise a long-term strategy for live racing in the state beyond 2012.
Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course will conduct 146 days of racing in 2012 after the Maryland Racing Commission approved an agreement by the Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Dec. 20.
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.
James A. Riccio's New York shipper King and Crusader made a winning trip to Laurel Park when he scored a 16-1 upset in the $75,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship Dec. 17.
The Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association reached an agreement in principal Dec. 17 to race up to 146 days at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course in 2012.
Laurel Park ends it meet Dec. 17 with division-ending stakes for 2-year-olds, the $75,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship and the $75,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship.
Rapid Redux tied the modern-day United States record for wins in a single season Dec. 13, as he went wire-to-wire in a $5,000 starter allowance race at Laurel Park.
Racing history could be made at Laurel Park Dec. 13, as Rapid Redux looks to tie the modern all-time United States record for victories in a calendar year when he starts in the sixth race, a $17,000 starter allowance.
Laurel Park officials decided Nov. 29 not to use the turf course for the remainder of the year. Heavy rains in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. region forced races off the grass four times last week.
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.
Jockey Mario Pino moved ahead of Hall of Famer Eddie Delahoussaye for 13th on the all-time win list when he guided 13-1 shot Torcello to victory in the second race at Laurel Park in Maryland Nov. 17.
Jockey Mario Pino tied for 13th on the all-time win list with Hall of Famer Eddie Delahoussaye with a victory in the eighth race at Laurel Park Nov. 10.
King Leatherbury's Ben's Cat, who could have been entered in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IIT) via payment of a $100,000 supplemental fee, is the even-money morning-line favorite in the $75,000 Laurel Dash Oct. 29.
Robert Cole Jr.'s Rapid Redux tied the United States record for consecutive wins, notching his 19th straight in a starter allowance race at muddy Laurel Park Oct. 27.
Robert Cole Jr.'s Rapid Redux will attempt to tie the North American record for consecutive victories when he faces four other horses in a starter allowance test at Laurel Park Oct. 27.
The administration of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is again trying to resolve a racing dates dispute one horsemen's representative said could "potentially get very ugly."
King Leatherbury's Ben's Cat will take a pass on the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) and instead run in the Oct. 29 Laurel Turf Dash at Laurel Park.
Racing history could be made Oct. 27 at Laurel Park as Rapid Redux, who has won 18 consecutive starts, looks to tie the all-time North American record of 19 straight victories in a $20,000 starter allowance race.
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.
Returned to the stakes calendar at Laurel Park after a one-year hiatus, the $150,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash drew a field of 10, led by two-time grade III winner Ravalo.
The 82nd running of the Selima Stakes for 2-year old fillies at Laurel Park Oct. 15 was the feature attraction as the track celebrated its centennial.
Julian Pimentel swept the first three races Oct. 11 at Laurel Park in Maryland on his way to riding a career best five winners on a single card.
The 26th Jim McKay Maryland Million attracted 111 entrants to the 11-race program which will be held Oct. 1 at Laurel Park. The total purses are worth more than $1 million.
The Stronach Group, which owns Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course in Maryland, is part of a group that has filed an application to construct a video lottery terminal casino in downtown Baltimore.
Live racing returns to Laurel Park on Friday, Sept. 9, for the fall meeting with a nine-race card.
Live racing returns to Maryland after a three-month break when the Maryland State Fair at Timonium meet kicks off Aug. 26 for a seven-day meet just north of Baltimore.
The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled the 2011 Laurel Park fall stakes schedule July 29 that includes restoration of the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash after a one-year hiatus.
Penn National Gaming Inc. said June 16 it has a "definitive agreement" to terminate its partnership in the Maryland Jockey Club.
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 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.
- By Esther Marr
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