Racing News

Multiple Graded-Stakes Winner Whitmore Targeting G3 De Francis; Journeyman Jockey Pimentel Back in Action Following Injury

Journeyman Jockey Pimentel Back in Action Following Injury
Full Fields to Open Penultimate Weekend of Summer Meet
MJC Champions Handicapping Tournament Saturday, Aug. 19
LAUREL, MD – Multiple Grade 3-winning sprinter Whitmore, having overcome a minor foot issue, returned to the work tab over the weekend and is expected to make his next start in the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) Sept. 16 at Laurel Park.

G3 Winner Divining Rod Launches Season in Saturday’s Polynesian

Multiple G1-Placed Runner Making First Start in 8 ½ Months 
LAUREL, MD – Lael Stables’ Grade 3-winning homebred Divining Rod, last seen running second in the Cigar Mile (G1) in late November, makes his long-awaited return to the races in Saturday’s $75,000 Polynesian at Laurel Park.

Rapid Dan Sprints to Allowance Feature Win Sunday at Laurel

Live Racing Resumes with 11-Race Program Friday, Seven on World-Class Turf Course
LAUREL, MD – Diane Manning’s Rapid Dan took advantage of a speed duel up front to split horses in deep stretch and go on to a 1 ¾-length upset victory in Sunday’s featured open entry-level allowance at Laurel Park.

Special Envoy Dominant Winner of $75,000 Hansel

Sweet Sandy Springs Upset in $75,000 William M. Backer
10-Year-Old Two Notch Road Takes $75,000 Meadow Stable
Northern Eclipse Holds Off Ring Knocker in $75,000 Camptown
LAUREL, MD – Despite a slow break and a surface that had not previously been to his liking, Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone’s homebred Special Envoy put on a special performance Saturday at Laurel Park, going all the way on the lead to win the $75,000 Hansel by 8 ¼ lengths.

Saturday’s 20-Cent Rainbow 6 Solved for $14,837 Payout

Carryovers in 50-Cent Late Pick 5, $1 Super Hi-5 for Sunday Program
LAUREL, MD – One lucky bettor solved the 20-cent Rainbow 6 wager for a jackpot payout of $14,837.44 Saturday at Laurel Park.
Both No. 7 Dr. Koy and No. 10 Chilly Magician were live to take down the jackpot heading into the 11th race finale, but it was Chilly Magician ($14) that put in a late rally to edge favored No. 1 Totaled the Benz and complete the winning 3-9-1-1A-5-10 combination.

Divining Rod, Page McKenney among 27 Nominees for $75,000 Polynesian

Lovable Lady, Shimmering Aspen Nominated to $75,000 Twixt
LAUREL, MD – Multiple-stakes winners Divining Rod, claimer-turned-millionaire Page McKenney and Lovable Lady are among 55 horses nominated to a pair of sprint stakes worth $150,000 in purses Saturday, Aug. 12 at Laurel Park.

Smith Hopes for Sentimental Win in $75,000 William M. Backer

Trainer Sends Out Andrasta in Stakes Named for Late Breeder-Owner
LAUREL, MD – James Carter’s homebred Andrasta figures to be a long shot in Saturday’s $75,000 William M. Backer at Laurel Park, but a victory in the turf stakes for Virginia-bred/sired horses would mean more than the 4-year-old filly merely outrunning her odds.

Special Envoy Targets Second Straight Win in $75,000 Hansel

Queen Caroline Seeks Winning Form in $75,000 William M. Backer
Connections Hope Ring Knocker Answers Bell in $75,000 Camptown
Two Notch Road Back for More in $75,000 Meadow Stable
Laurel’s World-Class Turf Course Hosting Virginia-Bred/Sired Stakes

Jehozacat Roars to Decisive Debut Victory Sunday at Laurel

Jockey Boyce Making Jump Race Debut Thursday at Saratoga
Rainbow 6 Carryover of $9,465 for Return of Live Racing Friday
LAUREL, MD – Looking more like a seasoned runner than a first-time starter, Lael Stables’ homebred Jehozacat kicked off her career in impressive fashion with a decisive 5 ½-length victory in Sunday’s featured eighth race at Laurel Park.

Connections ‘Tickled’ with Laurel Feature Victory Saturday

Jockey Russell Notches Four-Win Afternoon
The Hardest Way Makes it Look Easy in Maiden Triumph
Events Raise Funds, Awareness on PDJF Day Across America
Rainbow 6, Super Hi-5 Carryovers for Sunday’s 10-Race Program