Racing News

Phlash Phelps Seeking to Make a Splash in Maryland Million Turf

LAUREL, MD – Hillwood Stables’ Phlash Phelps is scheduled to make a bid for his fourth consecutive victory at Laurel Park Saturday, seeking to make a splash in the $125,000 Maryland Million Turf.

Venerable Ben's Cat Set for Sixth Jim McKay Maryland Million Start

King Leatherbury’s Gelding Slated to Run on Dirt in Six-Furlong Sprint

LAUREL, MD – King Leatherbury’s Ben’s Cat was entered Wednesday to compete on Jim McKay Maryland Million Day for the sixth consecutive year, but Maryland’s living legend is slated to experience a first in Saturday’s nine-race $1 million annual event at Laurel Park.

Talk Show Man Ready for Prime Time in Saturday’s Maryland Millions Classic

Turf Champ Heading to Main Track for Headliner of Nine-Race $1 Million Event

LAUREL, MD – Talk Show Man will represent owner/breeder Michael Harrison and trainer Hamilton Smith at Laurel Park Saturday in his quest to notch back-to-back victories on Jim McKay Maryland Million Day.

Rebounding Maryland Racing Industry’s Success Breeding Success

Heritage Stallions Thriving as Second Anniversary Approaches

LAUREL, MD – The 30th anniversary of the $1 million Jim McKay Maryland Million will be celebrated Saturday at Laurel Park amidst abounding optimism for the state’s rebounding thoroughbred racing and breeding industries. 


The Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Million will play host to Maryland Million Happy Hour Draw, an opportunity for media to meet breeders, owners, trainers and jockeys participating in this year’s $1 million Jim McKay Maryland Million Day at Laurel Park Saturday, October 17. 
Appetizers and drinks will be served. 

Not Abroad Set for Comeback in Saturday’s Maryland Million Classic

2012 Classic Champion Returns from 3-Year Hiatus
 LAUREL, MD – Seven years ago, Not Abroad was sent to trainer Lynn Ashby’s Delaware farm to be prepared for a racing career.  

Maryland Million Week Kicks Off With Russell Winning 5K Division

LAUREL, MD - Jockey Sheldon Russell and other runners kicked off Jim McKay Maryland Million week Sunday morning by braving 40 degree temperatures at Laurel Park to participate in the Maryland Million 5K for Special Olympics Maryland.
Russell, a perennial leading rider in Maryland and avid runner, was the first male to cross the finish line at 20:00.2 after beginning the race out of Laurel's starting gate and running down the main

$1 Million Jim McKay Maryland Million Draws 155 Nominations for 9 Stakes

Ben’s Cat Slated to Make Sixth Million Start in a Row in Sprint or Turf  
Program for Maryland-Sired Horses Headlined by $150,000 Classic

Super Hi 5, Rainbow 6 Carryovers Saturday At Laurel

New Wager Generates Interest, Generous Payoffs
First Race Super Hi 5 Carryover $5,090
LAUREL, MD - There will be Super Hi 5 and Rainbow 6 carryovers at Laurel Park when racing resumes Saturday.
Friday's program at Laurel was the first to have rolling Super Hi 5's. Despite sloppy conditions and races taken off the turf, the rolling Super Hi 5's produced interest with bettors and some generous payoffs.

Murray Remembers Howard Bender

October 1, 2015
LAUREL, MD - Larry Murray, who trained for the late Howard Bender and his wife, Sondra, for nearly 30 years, said Bender’s death earlier this week was “a real shock.”
“I had just seen him last Thursday,” Murray said.