Racing News

Nominations Close Thursday, Aug. 31 for First of Laurel’s 44 Fall Stakes

Sept. 16 Frank J. De Francis (G3) Day Noms Close Thursday, Sept. 7
LAUREL, MD – Nominations for the $75,000 Challedon and $75,000 Shine Again, the first two of 44 stakes worth $4.42 million being offered during Laurel Park’s year-ending fall meet, close Thursday, Aug. 31.
Laurel’s 60-day fall meet opens Friday, Sept. 8 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 31.

Laurel Park’s Average & Total Handle Continues to Grow

Average Daily Handle Up 25 Percent During Summer, Total $112 Million
Racing Resumes Friday, Sept. 8
LAUREL, MD - For the third consecutive year and eighth consecutive meet, Laurel Park registered an increase in average daily handle during its recently-completed summer meet.

Phillip Lam Captures MJC Champions Handicapping Tournament

Earns $3,030 in Prize Money and Berth in Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge
LAUREL, MD – Phillip Lam of Fresh Meadow, N.Y. finished with a bankroll balance of $4,359.70 to capture the fall session of the Maryland Jockey Club’s Champions Handicapping Tournament held Saturday at Laurel Park.

Gonzalez, Carrasco Clinch Laurel Summer Meet Titles

Toledo Rides Four Winners on 24th Birthday
Mandatory Payouts in Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5, Super Hi-5
Live Racing Returns to Laurel’s 60-Day Fall Meet Friday, Sept. 8
LAUREL, MD – Claudio Gonzalez picked up two winner on Sunday’s 11-race closing day program at Laurel Park to edge Kieron Magee, 21-19, and earn leading trainer honors at the 33-day summer meet.

Crabcakes Serves Up Emotional Win in $75,000 Miss Disco

Filly Earns Second Stakes Victory for Late Owner-Breeder
One of Three Stakes Worth $225,000 on Maryland Pride Day Program
LAUREL, MD – Racing for the first time following the Aug. 7 death of her owner-breeder, Elizabeth ‘Binnie’ Houghton of Buckingham Farm, Crabcakes gave the family reason to celebrate with an emotional 1 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Miss Disco at Laurel Park.

Just Howard Grinds Out Third Straight Win in $75,000 Find

Bawlmer Hon Springs Upset in $75,000 All Brandy
Turf Stakes Highlight 12-Race Maryland Pride Day Program
LAUREL, MD – After needing six tries to break his maiden, Skeedattle Associates’ Just Howard continued his forward progression by running down Dothat Dance and holding off Ghost Bay to earn a third straight win in the $75,000 Find Saturday at Laurel Park.

Gonzalez Moves into Tie for Top Spot in Trainer Standings Friday

Jockey Carrasco Adds to Meet-Leading Totals with Victory
Plenty of Action On Track and Off for Maryland Pride Day Saturday
Rainbow 6 Carryover of $5,017  for Saturday
LAUREL, MD – Claudio Gonzalez won with both of his starters on Friday’s 11-race program to move into a tie with Kieron Magee for leading trainer of Laurel Park’s summer meet with two days remaining.

Jockey, Trainer Titles Going Down to Wire Entering Final Weekend

Connections Fielding Offers for Stakes-Placed Expedited Vision
Maryland Pride Day Saturday Features Cap Giveaway, Food & Drink Specials
Mandatory Payout Sunday in Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5, Super Hi-5
LAUREL, MD – As Laurel Park’s 33-day summer meet winds down over the weekend, the races for the jockey and trainer titles are heating up.

Crabcakes Races for Late Owner-Breeder in $75,000 Miss Disco

Buckingham Farm’s Elizabeth ‘Binnie’ Houghton Passed Aug. 7 at 79
Among Three Stakes on 12-Race Maryland Pride Day Program Saturday
LAUREL, MD – Elizabeth ‘Binnie’ Houghton waited a lifetime to have a horse good enough to name after her favorite delicacy. Crabcakes lived up to those expectations, winning her first three starts and adding her name to a roster of more than 40 stakes winners bred by Buckingham Farm.

Multiple Stakes Winner Phlash Phelps Targets $75,000 Find

Daylight Ahead Attempts to Stretch Her Speed in $75,000 All Brandy
Stakes Part of 12-Race Card on Final Saturday of Summer Meet
LAUREL, MD – His last race was just long enough to make Phlash Phelps a winner in his seasonal debut, but he’ll have much more ground to work with when he returns to action in Saturday’s $75,000 Find at Laurel Park.