Racing News

Ben’s Cat Notches Unprecedented 6th Straight Mister Diz Stakes Triumph

Trainer King Leatherbury Honored on Maryland Pride Day Program
Phlash Phelps Takes Find Stakes to Remain Undefeated in 2015
 LAUREL, MD – Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury celebrated Maryland Pride Day in fitting fashion at Laurel Park Saturday, saddling local legend Ben’s Cat for his sixth straight victory in the Mister Diz Stakes and 30th triumph of a most remarkable career.

Laurel Park News & Notes

Stuart Janney III’s Onus Pointed to Laurel’s Grade 3 Commonwealth Oaks
Forest Boyce Picking Up Steam While Riding Laurel Hot Streak
Lael Stables’ Exaggerated Lives Up to Expectations
 BALTIMORE, MD – Stuart Janney III’s Onus, a back-to-back winner by a total of nearly 20 lengths in her last two starts, is likely to return to Laurel Park for a start in the $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (G3) on Sept. 26.

Diamondback Fire Represents First for University's Equine Program

First Horse Foaled at Undergraduate Program Starts Saturday at Laurel
 LAUREL, MD - When Diamondback Fire, a 2-year-old gelded son of Friesan Fire, goes to post in Saturday's third race at Laurel Park on Maryland Pride Day, it will mark a significant milestone for the University of Maryland's undergraduate Equine Studies program.

Laurel's Rainbow 6 & Pick 5 Pools Guaranteed Saturday at $50,000

Rainbow 6 and Pick 5 to Feature All Turf Races
11-race Program Features Four Stakes and Average of 13 Starters Per Race
LAUREL, MD - Laurel Park will offer $50,000 guaranteed pools Saturday on its 10-cent Rainbow 6 and its 50-cent Pick 5, which features an industry-low 12 percent takeout.
Both the Rainbow 6 and Pick 5 will feature all turf races.

Laurel Releases $4 Million Fall & Winter Stakes Schedule

Three Graded Stakes - Two Grade 2 - Find New Home at Laurel
31st Running of Jim McKay Maryland Million Day Oct. 17
DeFrancis Dash Highlights $850,000 Day Nov. 14
Five Saturday Programs Will Feature Three or More Stakes
LAUREL, MD - The Maryland Jockey Club announced today a $4 million fall-winter stakes schedule at Laurel Park led by the $900,000 Jim McKay Maryland Million on Saturday, Oct. 17 and three new graded-stakes races.

Maryland Pride Day Features Four Stakes & Leatherbury Salute Aug. 22

Four $60,000 Stakes Races for Maryland-bred/Maryland-Sired   
11-Race Program Averaging 13 Entries Per Race
Popular Ben's Cat Favored in $60,000 The Mister Diz
Earn Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge Berth in Champions Tournament
 LAUREL, MD - Maryland legend and Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury will be honored at Laurel Park Saturday as part of Maryland Pride Day, which includes four stakes races for Maryland/bred, Maryland/sired horses and a nine-race program with nearly 13 starters per race.

Laurel To Host Champions Handicapping Tournament Saturday, August 22

Winners Earn Entry to Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge, The Big One, Coast Casinos World Series

LAUREL, MD, 08/12/15 - The Maryland Jockey Club's Champions Handicapping Tournament will be held Saturday, Aug. 22 at Laurel Park with winners receiving entry into the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge, The Big One and the 2016 Coast Casinos Horseplayer World Series in Las Vegas.

Maryland Jockey Club Starts Second Phase Of $10 Million Barn Construction

Grandstand Improvements Next

LAUREL, MD., 08/11/15 –The Maryland Jockey Club has started building the second of three new barns at Laurel Park in a construction project that will cost approximately $10 million when finished in 2016.

Leatherbury Ready For Hall Induction

LAUREL, MD., 08/06/15- Trainer King Leatherbury says, “I have something to show you.”

He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a page copied from a book on horoscopes. He directs you to the date circled on the paper – his birthday – March 26.

Off-Track Betting Facility Takes Off In Downtown Baltimore

Maryland Jockey Club Projects $10 Million Handle
BALTIMORE, MD., 08/04/15 – On a late Friday afternoon in July, there are more than 100 patrons sitting, standing, pacing and shouting in a 3,000 square-foot area here on the first floor of the Horseshoe Casino.
Less than a half mile from M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, and less than two miles from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the rows of television monitors are not broadcasting baseball or football, but Laurel, Del Mar, Saratoga and Gulfstream Park.