Racing News

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

Special Envoy, Queen Caroline Among 95 Nominees to Laurel Stakes

Four Virginia-Bred/Sired Turf Stakes Worth $300,000 in Purses Saturday, Aug. 5
LAUREL, MD – Special Envoy and Queen Caroline, impressive stakes winners in their last trip to Maryland, are among 95 Virginia-bred/sired horses nominated to a four stakes worth $300,000 over Laurel Park’s world-class turf course Saturday, Aug. 5.