Racing News

No Joke, Standup Comic Wins Wednesday's Second Race At 62-1

LAUREL, MD. 09-17-14---Standup Comic finished off the board in a pair of races last month at Timonium and was dismissed by the bettors in Wednesday’s second race at Laurel Park. The 6-year-old gelding got the last laugh taking the $15,000 claimer with an impressive off the pace victory.

Rose Brier Proves Best In Bert Allen Stakes

LAUREL, MD. 9-13-14---Panic Stable LLC’s Rose Brier became a stakes winner for the first time when he captured the $60,000 Bert Allen Stakes, the sixth in a series of Virginia-bred races contested at Laurel Park this afternoon because of the shuttering of Colonial Downs this summer.

Moon River Impresses In Jamestown Stakes

LAUREL, MD. 9-13-14---William M. Backer Revocable Trust’s Moon River shot through a seam between the inner rail and frontrunner Tiz What She Is and drew away to win the second division of the $60,000 Jamestown Stakes for 2-year old Virginia-breds.

Two Notch Road Pounces in Punch Line Stakes

LAUREL, MD. 9-13-14---James Hackman and  Glenn R. Thompson’s Two Notch Road blew the doors off his competition and won the $60,000 Punch Line Stakes for Virginia-breds.

Heaven Knows What Gallops In Oakley Stakes

LAUREL, MD. 9-13-14---R. Larry Johnson’s Heaven Knows What cruised to victory in the $60,000 Oakley Stakes for Virginia-bred fillies and mares.

Hooligan Triumphs In Jamestown Stakes

LAUREL, MD. 9-13-14---Owner-trainer Wesley Ward sent Hooligan to Laurel Park after the Saratoga meeting and worked her here on September 6, a prep which set up her popular victory in the first division of the $60,000 Jamestown Stakes for 2-year olds.

Embarr Edges Clear In Brookmeade Stakes

LAUREL, MD. 9-13-14---Owner-trainer Susan Cooney sent Embarr out to win the $60,000 Brookmeade Stakes, the first of six stakes for Virginia-breds on today’s twelve race program at Laurel Park.

Ritvo Makes Great First Impression With Win On His Initial Maryland Mount

LAUREL, MD. 9-12-14---It has often been said that, “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” Apprentice rider Michael Ritvo did just that Friday afternoon at Laurel Park when the 20-year-old guided Winter Lady to victory in the 8th race at Laurel Park, his first Maryland mount.

“The first of many,” said winning trainer Jamie Ness.

Six Virginia-Breds Dominate Saturday's Card

LAUREL, MD. 09-11-14—Six stakes races exclusively for Virginia-breds make up half of the card on Saturday’s 12-race program at Laurel Park. All six will be contested on the turf, weather permitting.

Colonial Downs’ ownership and horsemen could not reach agreement on holding a meeting this year so the Maryland Jockey Club agreed to help keep the Virginia stakes program intact.

Markakis Wins Wednesday Finale

LAUREL, MD. 09-10-14---Horacio Karamanos had to hold on for dear life as first time starter Markakis dragged him through traffic to win his initial lifetime start in today’s finale at Laurel Park.

Markakis completed the 5-1/2 furlong distance over the turf course in 1:04.31 and paid $28.40. Caboppo took second, a length and a quarter behind the winner.