Racing News

Summer at Laurel Park Begins Friday

New LED Board Part of Continued Upgrades
Weekend Racing Continues Through Sunday, August 21       
Twilight Entertainment, Drink and Food Specials
Kids Zone and Brunch on Sunday

Total, Average & In-State Handles Increase at Laurel’s Winter-Spring Meet

Average Handle Up 34.5 Percent; In-State Wagering Up 25 Percent
LAUREL, MD – The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that Laurel Park’s recently-concluded winter-spring meet registered increases in total and average handle, as well as export and in-state wagering on Laurel’s live product.

McCarthy, Magee Claim Laurel Park Titles

Winter-Spring Meet Concludes 54-Day Stand Sunday
LAUREL, MD – Jockey Trevor McCarthy and trainer Kieron Magee were crowned champions as Laurel Park concluded its 54-day winter-spring meet Sunday afternoon.

Laurel Park Hosting ‘Triple Crown Kickoff Party’ May 7

Special 12:15 P.M. Post Time for Live Race Program
LAUREL, MD – In addition to holding its own live race program, Laurel Park will play host to a ‘Triple Crown Kickoff Party’ on May 7 complete with dining and drink specials, giveaways and simulcast of the 142nd Kentucky Derby (G1).
There will be a DJ and barbecue on the track apron, official Triple Crown drinks and dining buffets offered throughout the track. For reservations, call 301.725.0770.

Ben’s Cat Returns a Winner in 10-Year-Old Debut

Maryland-Bred Adds to Legend with 31st Career Victory
LAUREL, MD – Multi-millionaire Maryland-bred Ben’s Cat began another chapter in his illustrious racing career with a determined rally on the far outside to open his 10-year-old season with a narrow victory Sunday at Laurel Park.

M C Squared Posts Front-Running Upset in Friday Feature; G3 Winner Metaboss Finishes Sixth as Favorite in Comeback

G3 Winner Metaboss Finishes Sixth as Favorite in Comeback
Pick 5, Rainbow 6 Carryovers for Saturday’s Program
Meet-Leading Rider McCarthy Scores Four-Win Day
LAUREL, MD – D A S L Stable’s M C Squared set the pace and emerged from a tight five-way photo finish to upset Friday’s featured optional claiming allowance at Laurel Park.

Laurel Park to Join in National PDJF Fundraiser May 7

Derby Day Silent Auction Being Held for Second Straight Year
LAUREL, MD – Laurel Park will be among 29 racetracks across the country participating in the second annual Derby Day Silent Auction Fundraiser being held on Saturday, May 7.

Ben’s Cat Making 10-Year-Old Debut in Sunday Allowance

McCarthy to Ride Multiple G3 Winner in 5 ½-Furlong Turf Sprint
LAUREL, MD – Multiple Grade 3-winning Maryland-bred Ben’s Cat is set to make his 10-year-old debut in Sunday’s fourth race at Laurel Park, a 5 ½-furlong sprint on the Fort Marcy Turf Course.

Trainer Rodriguez Brings String of Horses to Maryland, Possible for Preakness Week Stakes

Undefeated Bobcat Targeting Preakness Day Stakes
Live Racing Returns Friday with Multiple Carryovers
Large Fields Continue On Penultimate Weekend at Laurel
Jockeys Pimentel, Hole Named to Return on Friday

Aktabantay Seeks Fast Track to Graded Success in G3 Miami Mile

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Aktabantay made the journey from England to Santa Anita in 2014 to run in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), only to be scratched due to an injury sustained in a stall mishap.
The British-bred colt didn’t get to compete in the $1 million race for 2-year-olds, but his connections came away from the experience with an observation that eventually led them to send him back to the U.S. for a 2016 campaign.