Racing News

Laurel Cancels Remainder of Friday Card; Braces for Weekend Storm

Braces for Weekend Storm
Super Hi 5 carryover Monday of $16,096.23
LAUREL, MD - With blizzard conditions fast approaching, Laurel Park cancelled its Friday program after the fifth race for the safety of its customers, employees, jockeys, horses and horsemen.
Laurel announced the cancellation of its Saturday and Sunday programs Thursday and announced both Laurel and Pimlico would be closed for simulcasting Saturday.

Laurel To Run Friday, Cancels Saturday And Sunday

LAUREL, MD - Laurel Park announced today it will go ahead with its scheduled Friday afternoon program but has cancelled live racing for both Saturday and Sunday due to an impending winter storm.
Laurel and Pimlico will be closed for simulcasting Saturday but they are tentatively scheduled to open for simulcast wagering Sunday.
A weather system approaching the Baltimore-Washington area is expected to produce snow and blizzard conditions beginning late Friday.

Laurel's Winter Carnival Set for Feb. 13-15

Barbara Fritchie (G2) and General George (G3) Featured Races
Ice Carvings throughout the Track, Special Buffets
Ice Bar and Ice Wall with More than $2,500 in Prizes
Drawings for Flat Screen TV, Betting Voucher and Brewing System

Never Gone South Makes It Look Easy In Whiteley

Karen's Silk Drives to Victory in The Marshua
Sonny Inspired Upset Winner of Fire Plug
LAUREL, MD - After two tough beats in the Marylander Stakes and James F Lewis Stakes in his last two starts, M M G Racing Stable's Never Gone South returned to the winner's circle in a big way Saturday afternoon with a 7 1/4-length victory in the $75,000 Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes at Laurel Park.

Pletcher Ships Two to Laurel for Saturday's The Marshua

LAUREL, MD - Trainer Todd Pletcher, a finalist to win his eighth Eclipse Award as Outstanding Trainer at Saturday evening's 45th annual Eclipse Awards Dinner, has entered two 3-year-old fillies in Saturday's $75,000 The Marshua at Laurel Park.

The 6-furlong Marshua is one of three $75,000 stakes races scheduled Saturday afternoon at Laurel. First race post time is 12:25 p.m.

Juarez Rides Six Winners Monday at Laurel

Three Trained by Hugh McMahon
LAUREL, MD – Jockey Nik Juarez wishes every day could be Monday.
The Maryland native found himself in the winner’s circle six times during Monday’s nine-race program, capping his incredible afternoon off with a victory aboard Escrow Kid ($3.40) in the ninth race.

Whiteley Gets 24 Nominations

Toledo Tops Maryland Jocks in 2015
Pharoah Leads Maryland Eclipse Finalists
LAUREL, MD - Country Life Farm's Flash McCaul, who has finished second in four consecutive races including the Maryland Juvenile Futurity and Maryland Million Nursery, tops two dozen 3-year-olds nominated for the $75,000 Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes, one of three stakes races to be run Saturday, Jan. 16 at Laurel Park.

Records Broken, Handle Up 20 Percent For Maryland Jockey Club in 2015

In-State Handle Rises 8 Percent
Preakness, Black-Eyed Susan Sets Records
Capital Improvements, More Turf Racing and OTB's Fuel Increases  
LAUREL, MD - The Maryland Jockey Club continued growing its product and handle in 2015, experiencing a 20-percent increase in total live handle, breaking records during Preakness Week, and investing more than $15 million at its facilities.

Page McKenney Becomes a Millionaire in Native Dancer

Sweet On Smokey, Love Came to Town Win Stakes
Super Hi 5 Carryover $19,103 Sunday
LAUREL, MD - Despite some anxious moments down the backstretch, Adam Staple's and Jalin Stable's Page McKenney became a millionaire Saturday afternoon with a 3 1/2-length victory in the $75,000 Native Dancer at Laurel Park.

Magee, Toledo Win Laurel Titles

LAUREL, MD - Trainer Kieron Magee and jockey Jevian Toledo took their respective titles during Laurel Park's fall meet, which concluded Thursday afternoon.
Magee took the training title on the final day with his 24th victory of the meet, one more than Claudio Gonzalez and five more than Jamie Ness.