Racing News

Nine Fillies Set To Face The Starter In Saturday's Safely Kept Stakes

LAUREL, MD. 11-15-12---Nine 3-year-old fillies will sprint seven furlongs in the $100,000 Safely Kept Stakes at Laurel Park Saturday afternoon.

Daniel Smithwick has won four races with Holiday Soiree, the tepid 5-2 morning line favorite. The daughter of Harlan’s Holiday’s resume includes two unplaced finishes in graded stakes this year and a willing second in the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks. Sheldon Russell gets his first try aboard the filly, who posted a bullet work at the Churchill Downs Training Track before shipping to Maryland.

Pino Honored By The Maryland Jockey Club

LAUREL, MD. 11-10-12---The Maryland Jockey Club honored jockey Mario Pino, who moved into the top 10 on the all-time win list earlier this fall, with a winners’ circle presentation Saturday afternoon at Laurel Park.

Whiskey Romeo "Impressive" In James Lewis Stakes Victory

LAUREL, MD. 11-10-12---The gate opened, Whiskey Romeo shot to the lead and essentially, the inaugural running of the $125,000 James F. Lewis III Stakes at Laurel Park was over.

Cruising under the finish line in 1:11.70 for the six furlong distance on the fast main track, the Tony Dutrow trainee was being gently geared down under jockey Stewart Elliott as he beat Amerigo Vespucci by 7-1/2 lengths, with Alpha Mike Foxtrot another 1-3/4 lengths back in third.

Maryland Jockey Club Unveils 2013 Preakness Logo

BALTIMORE, 11-09-13---The Maryland Jockey Club today unveiled the 2013 Preakness logo for the 138th running of the $1,000,000 Preakness® Stakes (G1), which is set for Saturday, May 18, 2013 at historic Pimlico Race Course.

Six 2-Year-Olds Entered In Saturday's James Lewis Stakes


LAUREL, MD. 11-08-12---Tony Dutrow has started Whiskey Romeo only once but the maiden win was so impressive it has earned him the role as favorite in Saturday’s $125,000 James F. Lewis III Stakes for 2-year-olds at Laurel Park.

Lighthouse Bay Nips 64-1 Shot Ek Haseena In Smart Halo Stakes

LAUREL, MD. 11-03-12---Lighthouse Bay sat off the dueling leaders and then edged a 64-1 shot by a nose to win the $100,000 Smart Halo Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Laurel Park Saturday afternoon.

Jax And Jill Looks To Remain Unbeaten In Saturday's Smart Halo

LAUREL, MD. 11-01-12---Robert Cole’s Jax and Jill looks to remain unbeaten in Saturday’s $125,000 Smart Halo Stakes at Laurel Park. The 6-furlong test features eight 2-year-old fillies.

Trained by Scott Lake, Jax and Jill has gone unchallenged in four starts, winning by a combined 25-3/4 lengths in victories at Parx Racing, Timonium and a pair of state-bred stakes at Charles Town.

Christina Rodriguez Wins First Career Race


LAUREL, MD. 10-31-12---Apprentice jockey Christina Rodriguez won her first career race in Wednesday’s sixth race at Laurel Park.

The 19-year-old was aboard 8-1 shot Over Marketed for trainer Tony Aguirre. They were fourth at the top of the stretch but were able to get to the rail and spurted clear inside the sixteenth pole to win by 1-3/4 lengths in the 5-½ furlong sprint. The Tale of the Cat filly paid $18.40.

Trombetta To Saddle Two Breeders' Cup Starters

LAUREL, MD. 10-31-12---Trainer Mike Trombetta became a major player during the 2006 Triple Crown scene with Laurel Park-based Sweetnorthernsaint, the betting favorite in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and runner-up finisher in the Preakness Stakes (G1). On Saturday afternoon, he fulfills another goal by saddling two runners on the Breeders’ Cup card at Santa Anita Park.

Action Andy Nips Il Villano By A Nose In The Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash

LAUREL, MD. 10-27-12---Robert Gerczak’s Action Andy rallied strongly and just made it to the wire in time in a thrilling finish with Il Villano, winning out by a whisker in a photo finish to take the $350,000 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash, the feature on the Fall Festival of Racing program.