Racing News

Imperial Hint Captures $75,000 Fire Plug in Maryland Debut

Sweet On Smokey Rides Rail to Win $75,000 What a Summer  
LAUREL, MD – Raymond Mamone’s Imperial Hint, sent off as the favorite in his Maryland debut, coasted to the lead on the far turn and sprinted clear down the stretch to win Saturday’s $75,000 Fire Plug at Laurel Park.

G3 Winner El Areeb Continues to Delight Connections

Winner of Three Straight Returns to Work Tab This Weekend
LAUREL, MD – M M G Stables’ sophomore sensation El Areeb continues to train forwardly at his Laurel Park base after stamping himself a legitimate 3-year-old prospect with his 11 ¼-length romp in the Jerome (G3) Jan. 2 at Aqueduct.
Trainer Cal Lynch said El Areeb will return to the work tab this weekend for the first time since the race with his son and assistant, Charlie, in the irons.

New Stablemates Trouble Kid, Sonny Inspired Tangle in $75,000 Fire Plug

Lovable Lady Seeks Fourth Career Stakes Win in $75,000 What a Summer  
LAUREL, MD – He had already planned to run defending champion Sonny Inspired in Saturday’s $75,000 Fire Plug at Laurel Park when trainer Phil Schoenthal landed himself another major contender in the six-furlong sprint for older horses.

Maryland Racing Breaks More Records, Total Handle Up 20 Percent

Total In-State Handle Up 18 Percent, Preakness, Black-Eyed Susan Sets Records
OTB Expansion, Capital Improvements, Quality Racing Drive Increases
Work to Continue on Quality of Racing, Improvements and Future Breeders' Cup   

First Laurel Park Stakes of 2017 Attract 51 Nominations

$75,000 Fire Plug, $75,000 What a Summer Set for Saturday, Jan. 14
LAUREL, MD – Graded stakes winners Heaven’s Runway, Res Judicata, Stallwalkin’ Dude and Hot City Girl are among 51 horses nominated to a pair of $75,000 stakes that kick off Laurel Park’s 2017 winter meet stakes schedule Saturday, Jan. 14.

Jockey Kevin Gomez Named Eclipse Award Finalist as Top Apprentice

Winners to be Announced Saturday, Jan. 21 at Gulfstream Park 
LAUREL, MD – Maryland-based rider Kevin Gomez was named Wednesday as one of three finalists for the Eclipse Award as leading apprentice jockey of 2016.

Heaven’s Runway Surges Late in $100,000 Dave’s Friend

High Ridge Road Springs Upset in $100,000 Thirty Eight Go Go
John Jones Returns a Winner in $75,000 Jennings
LAUREL, MD – A year after being beaten as the favorite in the $100,000 Dave’s Friend, Heaven’s Runway made a triumphant return to Maryland by wearing down top choice Chief Lion through the stretch and edging past for a half-length victory Saturday at Laurel Park. 

McCarthy, Magee Capture Maryland Year-End Titles

MCA Racing, Schera Share Top Owner Honors
LAUREL, MD – The 2016 calendar year ended with some familiar names at the top of the standings on the Maryland circuit, as jockey Trevor McCarthy claimed his second leading rider title in three years and Kieron Magee finished with his third consecutive title as leading trainer.

Laurel Offers Special Nine-Race Monday Program

LAUREL, MD -  Laurel Park, which kicked off its 56-day winter-spring meet Sunday, Jan. 1, will host a special nine-race program Monday, Jan. 2 beginning at 12:30 p.m. 
The feature comes in Race 7, a $40,000 event for 3-year-old maidens going six furlongs. Sagamore Farm's Maryland Pride, trained by Horacio DePaz, will be making his first start since finishing fourth in his debut Nov. 11 at Laurel.
Live racing returns to Laurel Saturday, Jan. 7.

Irish War Cry Gutsy Nose Winner of $100,000 Marylander

Ms Locust Point Goes the Distance in $100,000 Gin Talking
LAUREL, MD – Isabelle de Tomaso’s New Jersey homebred Irish War Cry put away chief rival Undulated early and held off a determined stretch bid from O Dionysus to capture the $100,000 Marylander by a nose Saturday at Laurel Park.