Racing News

Jockey, Trainer Titles Going Down to Wire Entering Final Weekend

Connections Fielding Offers for Stakes-Placed Expedited Vision
Maryland Pride Day Saturday Features Cap Giveaway, Food & Drink Specials
Mandatory Payout Sunday in Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5, Super Hi-5
LAUREL, MD – As Laurel Park’s 33-day summer meet winds down over the weekend, the races for the jockey and trainer titles are heating up.

Crabcakes Races for Late Owner-Breeder in $75,000 Miss Disco

Buckingham Farm’s Elizabeth ‘Binnie’ Houghton Passed Aug. 7 at 79
Among Three Stakes on 12-Race Maryland Pride Day Program Saturday
LAUREL, MD – Elizabeth ‘Binnie’ Houghton waited a lifetime to have a horse good enough to name after her favorite delicacy. Crabcakes lived up to those expectations, winning her first three starts and adding her name to a roster of more than 40 stakes winners bred by Buckingham Farm.

Multiple Stakes Winner Phlash Phelps Targets $75,000 Find

Daylight Ahead Attempts to Stretch Her Speed in $75,000 All Brandy
Stakes Part of 12-Race Card on Final Saturday of Summer Meet
LAUREL, MD – His last race was just long enough to make Phlash Phelps a winner in his seasonal debut, but he’ll have much more ground to work with when he returns to action in Saturday’s $75,000 Find at Laurel Park.

It’s the Journey Gets Perfect Trip in Sunday Feature; Meet-Leading Jockey Carrasco Registers Riding Triple

Saida Extends Win Streak to Three with Allowance Triumph
Meet-Leading Jockey Carrasco Registers Riding Triple
Live Racing Resumes Friday for Final Weekend of Summer Meet
LAUREL, MD – R. Larry Johnson’s Maryland homebred It’s the Journey made it three wins in a row off an ideal trip under jockey Alex Cintron in Sunday’s featured 10th race at Laurel Park.

Divining Rod Cruises to Comeback Win in $75,000 Polynesian

Shimmering Aspen Sparkling Winner of $75,000 Twixt
LAUREL, MD – Lael Stables homebred Grade 3 winner Divining Rod, racing for the first time in 8 ½ months, made an emphatic and triumphant return to competition with a 6 ¼-length romp in Saturday’s $75,000 Polynesian at Laurel Park. 

Multiple-Stakes Winners Greatbullsoffire, Phlash Phelps Top Stakes Noms

Maryland Pride Day Features Four Stakes Worth $300,000 Saturday, Aug. 19
Wise Gal Smart Winner of Career Debut on Turf Friday
Late Pick 5, Rainbow 6, Super Hi-5 Carryovers for Saturday
LAUREL, MD – Multiple-stakes winners Greatbullsoffire and Phlash Phelps are among 49 horses nominated to a quartet of stakes worth $300,000 in purses on Maryland Pride Day, Saturday, Aug. 19, at Laurel Park.

Stakes Winner Shimmering Aspen Returns in Saturday’s $75,000 Twixt

Heads Deep Field of 12 for Six-Furlong Sprint Stakes
LAUREL, MD – Hillwood Stable’s Shimmering Aspen, dominant while earning her first stakes victory eight weeks earlier, returns from her summer vacation as the horse to beat in Saturday’s $75,000 Twixt at Laurel Park.

Multiple Graded-Stakes Winner Whitmore Targeting G3 De Francis; Journeyman Jockey Pimentel Back in Action Following Injury

Journeyman Jockey Pimentel Back in Action Following Injury
Full Fields to Open Penultimate Weekend of Summer Meet
MJC Champions Handicapping Tournament Saturday, Aug. 19
LAUREL, MD – Multiple Grade 3-winning sprinter Whitmore, having overcome a minor foot issue, returned to the work tab over the weekend and is expected to make his next start in the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) Sept. 16 at Laurel Park.

G3 Winner Divining Rod Launches Season in Saturday’s Polynesian

Multiple G1-Placed Runner Making First Start in 8 ½ Months 
LAUREL, MD – Lael Stables’ Grade 3-winning homebred Divining Rod, last seen running second in the Cigar Mile (G1) in late November, makes his long-awaited return to the races in Saturday’s $75,000 Polynesian at Laurel Park.

Rapid Dan Sprints to Allowance Feature Win Sunday at Laurel

Live Racing Resumes with 11-Race Program Friday, Seven on World-Class Turf Course
LAUREL, MD – Diane Manning’s Rapid Dan took advantage of a speed duel up front to split horses in deep stretch and go on to a 1 ¾-length upset victory in Sunday’s featured open entry-level allowance at Laurel Park.