Racing News

Ritvo Makes Great First Impression With Win On His Initial Maryland Mount

LAUREL, MD. 9-12-14---It has often been said that, “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” Apprentice rider Michael Ritvo did just that Friday afternoon at Laurel Park when the 20-year-old guided Winter Lady to victory in the 8th race at Laurel Park, his first Maryland mount.

“The first of many,” said winning trainer Jamie Ness.

Six Virginia-Breds Dominate Saturday's Card

LAUREL, MD. 09-11-14—Six stakes races exclusively for Virginia-breds make up half of the card on Saturday’s 12-race program at Laurel Park. All six will be contested on the turf, weather permitting.

Colonial Downs’ ownership and horsemen could not reach agreement on holding a meeting this year so the Maryland Jockey Club agreed to help keep the Virginia stakes program intact.

Markakis Wins Wednesday Finale

LAUREL, MD. 09-10-14---Horacio Karamanos had to hold on for dear life as first time starter Markakis dragged him through traffic to win his initial lifetime start in today’s finale at Laurel Park.

Markakis completed the 5-1/2 furlong distance over the turf course in 1:04.31 and paid $28.40. Caboppo took second, a length and a quarter behind the winner.

Legendary Is Fabulous In Japan Racing Association Stakes

LAUREL, MD. 09-06-14---Walter R. Swinburn’s Legendary enjoyed a clean stalking trip, picking off the leaders straightening for home and drawing off to win the grassy, $100,000 Japan Racing Association Stakes, the final of four stakes on Saturday’s opening weekend at Laurel Park.

Bern Identity Makes It Three Straight Wins With Front-Running Victory In Dave's Friend Stakes

LAUREL, MD. 09-06-14---Heavy favorite Bern Identity fought hard to the wire to capture the $100,000 Dave’s Friend Stakes, the third of four stakes races at Laurel Park Saturday afternoon.

Sheer Drama Much The Best In Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes Score

LAUREL, MD. 09-06-14---Harold Queen’s Sheer Drama won as the crowd favorite in the $100,000 Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes for fillies and mares, the second of four stakes races at Laurel Park Saturday afternoon.

Vielsalm Takes All Brady Stakes, Giving Dylan Smith Her First Stakes Winner

LAUREL, MD. 09-06-14---Dylan Smith, who graduated to trainer this spring after Maryland legend Dickie Small passed away, won her first stakes today when Brooke Bowman’s Vielsalm galloped home to win the $125,000 All Brandy Stakes, the first of four stakes races on the opening weekend at Laurel Park.

Gary Capuano Saddles Two Winners On Opening Day Of Fall Meet

LAUREL, MD. 09-05-14---After a 12-week break, live racing returned to the major Maryland tracks with the opening of the Laurel Park fall meeting.

Gary Capuano saddled a pair of winners, taking the opener with Rumblin Kyle ($4.60) and the finale with Flyingtobechilders ($48.40), who nipped Drunken Love at the wire.

Eighttofasttocatch To Make Season Debut Saturday

15-time winner cross-entered in pair of $100,000 stakes races

Live Racing Returns Friday Afternoon

LAUREL, MD. 09-03-14---Live racing returns to the major Maryland tracks for the first-time since early June as the 65-day Laurel Park fall meeting begins Friday afternoon, Sept. 5. Opening day features free admission, complimentary programs and drawings for tickets to the Brew & Bourbon (Sept. 13) and Oktoberfest (Oct. 25) events. First post is 1:10 Eastern.