Racing News

Pimlico Spring Meeting Begins Next Thursday

BALTIMORE, 03-29-13---Live racing in Maryland will shift to historic Pimlico Race Course next Thursday, April 4 for the spring meeting. The headline event of the 36-day stand is the 138th running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (G1), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, on May 18.

Bold Affair Repeats In Conniver Stakes

LAUREL, MD. 03-23-13---Charles Reed & Mike Zanella’s Bold Affair broke for the front and raced comfortably on the lead the remainder of the way in defense of her title in the $100,000 Conniver Stakes this afternoon at Laurel Park.

Bold Affair carried Abel Castellano to a two-length victory beating four other Maryland-bred fillies and mares. She completed the seven furlong distance in 1:25.14.

Laurel Park Celebrates Leatherbury's 80th Birthday

LAUREL, MD. 03-23-13---The Maryland Jockey Club celebrated the birthday of legendary trainer King Leatherbury, who turns 80 on Tuesday, March 26 with a presentation in the winners’ circle after the third race. All fans attending Laurel Saturday received a complimentary button and free birthday cupcakes.

“It is a little embarrassing but I appreciate the tribute,” Leatherbury said.

Bullet Catcher Wins Friday Feature

LAUREL, MD. 03-22-13---Bullet Catcher, who made local and national headlines earlier this year after escaping from the Laurel Park backside and taking a 1.6 mile journey, won his first race in nearly two years with an impressive performance in Friday’s 8th race, a $40,000 allowance.

McCarron Graduate Strandberg Wins First Race

LAUREL, MD. 03-22-13---Mallory Strandberg cracked the winners’ circle at Laurel Park for the first time in her career, guiding Light Of Truth to victory in today’s opener.

Bold Affair Seeks Repeat In Conniver Stakes

LAUREL, MD. 03-21-13---Multiple stakes winner Bold Affair leads four less accomplished Maryland-bred fillies and mares into Saturday’s Conniver Stakes. The daughter of Two Punch captured this race a year ago, the first of five stakes victories during her 4-year-old campaign. 

Bold Affair, the 2-5 morning line favorite, then won the Primonetta, Skipat, Maryland Million Distaff Handicap, Geisha in 2012 and took the What a Summer in her 2013 debut. Overall, the Howard Wolfendale trainee is 10-of-17 lifetime, with seven stakes scores, for earnings of $599,540.

Maryland Jockey Club To Host The World's Largest Farm To Table Dining Experience At The Preakness Stakes

Celebrity chef and restaurateur Mike Isabella to design the 2013 menu

Norman Asbjornson Rallies From Last To Win Harrison Johnson Stakes

Norman Asbjornson wins the Harrison Johnson StakesLAUREL, MD.  03-16-13---Thomas McClay & Harry Nye’s Norman Asbjornson ran down front runner Eighttofasttocatch to win the $125,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes this afternoon at Laurel Park.

Sent to post at 6-1 under Jeremy Rose for trainer Carlos Mancilla, the 5-year-old was winning his first stakes. A hint of what he was capable of doing came in his previous start, when Norman Asbjornson was elevated to second in the John B. Campbell Stakes last month after he was fouled by Service for Ten in the final furlong. 

Chevelle, Florida-Georgia Line & Kristen And The Noise Added To Preakness Infield Concert Lineup

Bands Will Play On Jägermeister Stage May 18 At Pimlico Race Course

BALTIMORE, 03-15-13---The Maryland Jockey Club today announced Chevelle, Florida-Georgia Line and Kristen and the Noise will perform on the Jägermeister stage on Saturday, May 18 at Pimlico Race Course, prior to the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1).

Koh I Noor Goes For Black Type In Harrison Johnson Stakes

LAUREL, MD.  03-14-13---Late bloomer Koh I Noor continues his quest towards the $500,000 Pimlico Special (G3) in his stakes debut on Saturday in the nine furlong Harrison E. Johnson Memorial at Laurel Park.

Two-time defending champion Eighttofasttocatch, General George (G3) winner Javerre, John B. Campbell champion Concealed Identity and 2011 Preakness Stakes (G1) runner Norman Asbjornson are among the five challengers.