Racing News

Toe Curlin’ Kiss Graduates in Style at Laurel Friday

Wagering Available on Sunday, Oct. 7 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
 LAUREL, MD – Barbara Houck’s Toe Curlin’ Kiss, making his fourth career start and first as a gelding, proved best in a field of six that included pair of high-priced rivals to graduate in style with a 1 ¾-length victory Friday at Laurel Park. 

McCarthy Escapes Injury in Third-Race Tangle at Laurel

Friday’s National Stronach 5 Wager Includes Two Races from Laurel
LAUREL, MD – Jockeys Trevor McCarthy and Jevian Toledo, who have combined to win the last four overall riding championships in Maryland, got tangled up in the stretch during Thursday’s third race at Laurel Park that saw McCarthy avoid injury after briefly landing on the back of a rival horse.

Blewitt, Yu, Nicoletti and Salter Handicap Friday’s Stronach 5

Stronach 5 Preview Show & Past Performances Now Available 
$50,000 Guaranteed Pool with Races from Santa Anita, Gulfstream West & Laurel
Industry-Low 12-Percent Takeout
LAUREL, MD – The Stronach 5, which rewarded 14 bettors each last week with a $9,888.30 payoff, is back Friday, Oct. 5 with a guaranteed pool of $50,000 and an average field size of 11.6 horses.

Jason Smith Edges Familiar Face for First Career Training Victory

Laurel Expands to Four-Day Race Week Beginning Thursday, Oct. 4
Wagering Available on Sunday, Oct. 7 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
LAUREL, MD – While the decision to make a career training horses took some time, Jason Smith didn’t have to wait long to get his first winner.

Four Turf Races, 58 Horses Highlight Friday’s Stronach 5

$50,000 Guaranteed Pool, Industry-Low 12-Percent Takeout 
National Pick 5 from Santa Anita, Gulfstream West and Laurel
Sequence Begins with Santa Anita’s Third Race – 5:03 ET, 2:03 PT
LAUREL, MD –Friday’s edition of the Stronach 5, a national wager with a $1 minimum and industry-low takeout of 12 percent, will feature four turf races, big fields, and a guaranteed pool of $50,000.

Channel Cat Impressive in Bald Eagle Derby

LAUREL, MD – It was quick and it was over.
Jockey Feargal Lynch swept past the pacesetter Neepawa around the final turn aboard Calumet Farm’s Channel Cat and left nine opponents in his wake on his way to a 5 ¾ length victory in Saturday’s inaugural running of the $150,000 Bald Eagle Derby at Laurel Park.

Longshot Doctor Mounty Upsets BWI Turf Cup

LAUREL, MD - Larry Pratt and Dave Alden’s Doctor Mounty, a 25-1 longshot, gamely held off the defending champion and 1-2 favorite Projected to win Saturday’s $200,000 Baltimore-Washington International Turf Cup (G3) by a nose.
A 5-year-old son of Street Sense trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Shug McGaughey and ridden by Forest Boyce, Doctor Mounty covered a yielding mile course in 1:41.78. It was Doctor Mounty’s sixth victory in 22 starts and first since winning at Tampa Bay Downs in February.

Stronach 5 Returns $9,888.30 to 14 Bettors

$157,333 Bet into National Pick 5 
LAUREL, MD – The inaugural running of The Stronach 5, a national Pick 5 wager with an industry-low 12 percent takeout and a guaranteed pool of $50,000, was hit by 14 bettors Friday, each winning $9,888.30.
A total of $157,333 was wagered on races from Laurel Park, Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park and Golden Gate Fields. The minimum wager is $1. The winning numbers Friday were 

Filly River Gal Beats the Boys in Friday’s $75,000 Jamestown

Half-Sister to Multiple Stakes Winner River Deep Wins By 2 ½ Lengths
Introduced Impresses in Maiden Victory to Open Friday Program
LAUREL, MD – Morgans Ford Farm’s River Gal, a half-sister to multiple stakes winner River Deep, continued the family tradition by surging past pacesetter Ready to Run in mid-stretch and going on to a 2 ½-length victory in the $75,000 Jamestown Friday at Laurel Park.

Inaugural $150,000 Bald Eagle Derby Fills Void for Horsemen

Live Racing Returns Friday with Launch of National Stronach 5 Wager
Maiden Ready to Run Favored in Friday’s $75,000 Jamestown Stakes
LAUREL, MD – Saturday’s debut of the $150,000 Bald Eagle Derby for 3-year-olds as part of a 12-race ‘Class on the Grass’ program attracted nine horses and drew praise from horsemen seeking what they feel is a sorely needed late-season spot for sophomores.