Racing News

Undefeated Angel At War, G1 Winner Takaful Top Stakes Nominations

$100,000 What a Summer, $100,000 Fire Plug Saturday, Jan. 20
Sunday Marks Opening of Winter Meet with Mandatory Payouts
Monday, Jan. 8 Card Features $100,000 Dave’s Friend, $100,000 Thirty Eight Go Go
LAUREL, MD – Old Coach Farm’s Angel At War, undefeated through six career starts, and Shadwell Stables’ Grade 1 winner Takaful are among 45 horses nominated to a pair of $100,000 stakes for older horses Saturday, Jan. 20 at Laurel Park.

Laurel Opens Sunday With Mandatory Payouts

LAUREL, MD – Laurel Park is scheduled to open Sunday with a nine-race program and mandatory payouts of its Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5, Late Pick 4 and Super Hi 5.
Due to the extreme weather conditions, the track has been forced to cancel its live programs since Dec. 30. The facility has remained opened for simulcasting wagering.
The Rainbow 6 carryover entering Sunday’s program is $3,998 while the Super Hi 5 carryover is $2,341. 

Maryland Jockey Club’s Total Handle in 2017 Tops $600 Million

Total Handle Up 12 Percent; In-State Handle Up 8.5 Percent
Handle Up $216 Million Since 2014
Average Handle Up 8.2 Percent 
Preakness and Black-Eyed Susan Days Continue to Set Records  
LAUREL, MD – The Maryland Jockey Club announced today total handle on races at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course in 2017 exceeded $600 million for the first time since 2008.

Racing Loses Renowned Trainer Eddie Gaudet

Well-Respected Horseman Passed Away Jan. 4 at 87
Saddled Multiple Stakes Winner Concealed Identity in 2011 Preakness
LAUREL, MD – Edmond ‘Eddie’ Gaudet, a trainer of more than 1,700 winners and patriarch of one of Maryland’s best known and respected racing families, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, Jan. 4. He was 87.

Laurel’s Mandatory Payouts Pushed to Sunday

Saturday’s Races Cancelled, Facility Remains Open for Simulcasting
LAUREL, MD – Due to extreme winter weather conditions, Laurel Park will cancel live races through Saturday.
Laurel will remain open for simulcasting wagering throughout the week. Laurel will also show a full card from Maronas in Latin America Saturday.

Laurel’s Friday, Jan. 5 Program Moved to Monday, Jan. 8

Nine-Race Card Includes $100,000 Dave’s Friend, $100,000 Thirty Eight Go Go
LAUREL, MD – A continuation of extreme cold temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic region has caused the Maryland Jockey Club to cancel live racing for Friday, Jan. 5.
Forecasts call for a high of 19 degrees on Friday with lows in the single digits and winds gusting to 19 mph.

Gonzalez, Toledo Claim Laurel Fall Meet Championships

Duo Also Finish as Maryland’s Leading Trainer, Jockey of 2017
LAUREL, MD – Trainer Claudio Gonzalez and jockey Jevian Toledo clinched top honors during Laurel Park’s fall meet, capping an outstanding year where they each finished as Maryland’s overall champion in their respective divisions.

Laurel Cancels Monday Live Program

Facility Open for Simulcasting
LAUREL, MD – The Maryland Jockey Club has canceled live racing for Monday, Jan. 1 due to extreme cold temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Laurel will be open for simulcast wagering Monday beginning at 11 a.m.
Laurel’s 2018 winter schedule is expected to begin Friday at 12:30 p.m.

Weather Forces Laurel to Cancel Live New Year’s Eve Program

Facility Open for Simulcasting, Redskins Rally        
Nine-Race New Year’s Day Card Opens 2018 Winter-Spring Meet
LAUREL, MD – The Maryland Jockey Club canceled live racing for Sunday, Dec. 31 due to extreme cold temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Laurel is scheduled to open its 2018 winter-spring meet with a nine-race program Monday, Jan. 1. First race post time is 12:30 p.m.

Laurel Cancels Final Three Races Saturday Due to Weather

8-Race Card Scheduled for Fall Meet Finale Sunday, Dec. 31
LAUREL, MD – Deteriorating winter weather conditions forced the cancellation of the final three races on Saturday’s Christmastide Stakes Day program Saturday at Laurel Park.
Management made the decision to cancel prior to the eighth race, the $100,000 Thirty Eight Go Go, the fifth of six scheduled stakes races worth $550,000 in purses.