Racing News

Just Howard Extends Streak in $200,000 Commonwealth Derby (G3)

One of Three Graded Turf Stakes on ‘Class on the Grass’ Program
LAUREL, MD – Skeedattle Associates’ Just Howard won his fourth straight race and earned his first graded stakes victory Saturday by three-quarters of a length over Voodoo Song in the $200,000 Commonwealth Derby (G3) at Laurel Park.

$200,000 Commonwealth Derby (G3) Quotes

Skeedattle Associates co-owner Robert ‘Willie’ White (Just Howard): “We have Just Howard and it’s very exciting. He’s just a nice, solid horse. He does all the things that you want a horse to do. [Trainer] Graham [Motion] has been so excited about how he’s developed and gotten better.”
“I talked to [Graham] a couple of weeks ago about this race. He said, ‘I don’t care who is in there, we’re going because we’re going good.’”

Projected Makes the Grade in $200,000 BWI Turf Cup (G2)

One of Three Graded Turf Stakes on ‘Class on the Grass’ Program
LAUREL, MD – Juddmonte Farms’ Projected topped a 1-2 finish by trainer Chad Brown’s runners in the $200,000 Baltimore/Washington International Turf Cup (G2) Saturday at Laurel Park.

Rymska Makes Triumphant Return in $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (G3)

First of Three Graded Turf Stakes on ‘Class on the Grass’ Program
LAUREL, MD – French-bred filly Rymska, unraced since becoming a graded stakes winner in early February, made a successful return to competition by rallying with a powerful move down the center of the stretch to capture Saturday’s $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (G3) at Laurel Park.

$200,000 Baltimore-Washington International Turf Cup (G2) Quotes

Assistant trainer Dermot Magner (Projected, 1st; Catapult, 2nd): “Both horses ran a huge race. Both riders ran a very intelligent race. One had to win and one had to be second. We thought there would be a lot of speed so both riders broke and sat behind. [Jockey] Nik [Juarez] rode a very clever race. The horse will get a lot of confidence from the win. Fast fractions would obviously suit him pretty well and he finished strong.”

$150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (G3) Quotes

Assistant trainer Dermot Magner (Rymska, 1st; Taperge, 2nd): [Rymska’s] breezes at Belmont have been very good so we were very hopeful. Both fillies got different trips. One got shuffled back and the other got the great trip. The winner came wide. Credit to the second filly as well. She ran a huge race. Both fillies ran huge races. We’ve very happy with both of them.”

Mary Eppler Saddles 800th Winner

Baltimore-Washington International (G2), Commonwealth Derby (G3) & Oaks (G3) Saturday
Graded Races Part of Eight Turf Stakes, Post Time 12:30 P.M.
LAUREL, MD - Trainer Mary Eppler, who became the first woman to win a training title at Laurel Park last year, saddled her 800th career winner when Our Independence won Friday’s eighth race.

D.C. International Continues to be Work in Progress; Saturday Features Eight Turf Stakes, Three Graded

Special Post Time for Saturday’s ‘Class on the Grass’ Program
Saturday Features Eight Turf Stakes, Three Graded
LAUREL, MD - When the Baltimore-Washington International Turf Cup (G2) is contested Saturday at Laurel Park, it will be another step in the revitalization of the D.C. International.

Cash a Winning Ticket at Laurel & Donate to Thoroughbred Aftercare

Program at Self-Service Terminals Allows Bettors to Make Tax-Deductible Donation to Aftercare
LAUREL, MD – Bettors cashing winning tickets at Laurel Park can now share their good fortune with retired Thoroughbreds by making a tax-deductible contribution to Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) at self-service terminals.

Special Ops a Special Claim for Skychai Racing; Cross Roads Set for Stakes Debut in Oakley

Maker-Trained Gelding Ready for Laurel’s Baltimore-Washington Turf Cup (G2)
Cross Roads Set for Stakes Debut in Oakley
Secret or Not Hopes Third Time is the Charm
LAUREL, MD - So far, so very good for Skychai Racing and trainer Mike Maker with Special Ops.