Racing News

Shortened Stronach 5 Returns $2,685

LAUREL, MD – Friday’s Stronach 5 became the Stronach 4 when heavy rains forced the cancellation of four races at Pimlico Race Course, including the ninth race and second leg of the national pick five.

After Smoovie won the sixth race at Santa Anita Park and the final leg of the Stronach 5, 41 bettors would each win $2,685.60.

With the Pimlico ninth race being an ‘all,’ the winning combination was 7/ALL/6/3,7,12,13,14/1.

Friday’s Stronach 5 sequence

Friday’s Stronach 5: Four Tracks, Four on Turf, Free Past Performances

$100,000 Guaranteed Pool

LAUREL, MD – The Stronach 5, featuring a 12-percent industry-low takeout and a $100,000 guaranteed pool, will feature four turf races Friday afternoon from four different tracks.

McCarthy, Trombetta Top Standings at Laurel Spring Meet

Third Straight Meet Title for Jockey, Trainer’s First Since 2015
Preakness Meet at Pimlico Opens Thursday, May 9

LAUREL, MD – Jockey Trevor McCarthy claimed his third consecutive meet title and trainer Mike Trombetta earned his first since 2015 as Laurel Park closed its 19-day spring stand Sunday.

Live racing shifts to legendary Pimlico Race Course for the 12-day Preakness Meet at Pimlico starting Thursday, May 9.

Friday’s Stronach 5 Returns $1,353

99 Winners in National Pick 5

LAUREL, MD – There were 99 winners in Friday’s Stronach 5, each walking away with $1,353.50.

It was a nice reward for the national pick 5 with the industry-low 12-percent takeout considering the biggest payoff was $9.40.

Friday’s Stronach 5 sequence

●   Leg One – Laurel Park Race 9th race – Lonely Drifter $6

G3 Winner Ghost Hunter Captures 9-Year-Old Season Opener

Special 12:15 P.M. First Post for 12-Race Program Saturday
Spring Meet Finale Sunday Features Mandatory Payouts

LAUREL, MD – Triple K Stables and Jagger, Inc.’s Grade 3 winner Ghost Hunter came with a determined run up the rail and emerged from a four-way photo finish in front to capture his 9-year-old debut in Friday’s featured fifth race at Laurel Park.

Severe Weather Forces Early Cancellation Thursday at Laurel

Graded Winners Force the Pass, Ghost Hunter Tangle in Friday Feature
LAUREL, MD – A severe thunderstorm bringing heavy rain and lightning through the area forced Laurel Park to cancel the remaining five races on Thursday’s 10-race card.

The storm moved in as horses were being saddled for the sixth race. After waiting several minutes in the paddock for the weather to pass, the decision was made to cancel.

Pimentel Hoping First Derby Mount is ‘Win Win Win’ Situation

Laurel Park Journeyman Back Aboard Maryland-Based Stakes Winner

LAUREL, MD – Even after losing the mount on a horse he called one of the best he’s ever ridden – and he has sat on some very good ones – Laurel Park-based journeyman Julian Pimentel didn’t lose his sense of humor.

Triple Crown Days at Laurel Park Begin Saturday, May 4

Tickets Include Souvenir Program, Reserved Private Betting Carrel
Live Racing Returns Thursday to Open Spring Meet Closing Weekend

LAUREL, MD – Starting with the Kentucky Derby (G1) Saturday, May 4 from Churchill Downs, fans can reserve their spot for any or all of three Triple Crown days in the Silks Room at Laurel Park.

Laurel Park to Host Kentucky Derby Party Saturday, May 4

Live Racing, Live Music, Family Activities Throughout the Day
Special 12:15 P.M. Post Derby Day; 1:10 P.M. Post Oaks Day May 3

LAUREL, MD – In addition to live racing on the final weekend of its spring meet, Laurel Park will play host to a Kentucky Derby party featuring live music, food and drink specials and family fun activities Saturday, May 4.

Pizmo Time Sets Course Record in Return Victory Sunday

Meet-Leading Jockey McCarthy Enjoys Three-Win Day
LAUREL, MD – Caves Farm’s Pizmo Time, making his seasonal debut, reeled in Grade 3 winner Archaggelos in mid-stretch and edged clear to a record-setting victory in Sunday’s featured sixth race at Laurel Park.

A gelded 6-year-old son of City Zip trained by Ed Graham and ridden by Jorge Vargas Jr., Pizmo Time ($7) ran one mile in 1:33.91 over firm ground in the $45,000 second-level optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up.