Racing News

Claiming Crown Preview Day Features Full Fields; Sunday’s Nine-Race Program Draws 110 Entries

LAUREL, MD – Led by Federico Tesio runner-up Noteworthy Peach and stakes-winning veteran Behemoth in the featured $70,000 Jewel, a total of 110 horses were entered for the nine-race Claiming Crown Preview Day program on tap Sunday at Laurel Park.
Sunday’s card mirrors the nine Claiming Crown races to be held on Opening Day of the Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park Saturday, Dec. 5. The winner of each race will earn an automatic berth in the Claiming Crown as well as free shipping to Gulfstream.

Perfect Title Looks to Bounce Back in $100,000 Laurel Turf Cup

Grade 3 Winner Divine Oath, Grade 3-Placed St. Albans Boy Among Entered
 LAUREL, MD – A month after knocking heads with some of racing’s top turf distance horses in his graded stakes debut on grass, Matthew Schera’s Perfect Title will make a second straight foray into stakes company in Saturday’s $100,000 Laurel Turf Cup at Laurel Park.

Juarez Gets First Breeders’ Cup Mount Aboard Valid

“Win & You’re In” Claiming Crown Races Sunday
LAUREL, MD – Jockey Nik Juarez, a native of Westminster, Md., will get an opportunity to compete in his first Breeders’ Cup Friday when he rides Crossed Sabres Farm’s Valid in the Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Keeneland.

Carrasco Wins Five At Laurel

10-Cent Rainbow 6 Returns $11,571
 LAUREL, MD - Jockey Victor Carrasco spent much of Saturday afternoon in the winner's circle at Laurel Park after riding five winners on the 12-race program.

Preakness Champion American Pharoah Meets Beholder In Saturday's Breeders' Cup; Breeders' Cup Buffet in Laurel Park Terrace; Doors Open Saturday at 10:15; 19 Nominated for Saturday's Laurel Turf Cup

Breeders' Cup Buffet in Laurel Park Terrace
Doors Open Saturday at 10:15 
19 Nominated for Saturday's Laurel Turf Cup
LAUREL, MD - Preakness and Triple Crown champion American Pharoah and several other Maryland winners are set to go to post Friday and Saturday in the 32nd Breeders' Cup at Keeneland.
Along with the simulcasts of the 13 Breeders' Cup races, there will also be live racing at

Baltimore Off-Track Betting Facility Exceeds Expectations

More OTBs Planned in Timonium, Boonsboro
Total Handle Up $53 Million on Maryland Racing 
 LAUREL, MD - The Maryland Jockey Club announced today its off-track betting facility at the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore has handled more than $5 million in less than six months.

Live Racing Resumes At Laurel With Huge Fields

126 Horses Entered Friday, 162 Saturday 
 LAUREL, MD - A week after nearly 20,000 people attended the 30th running of the Jim McKay Maryland Million, Laurel Park resumes live racing Friday with big fields awaiting bettors on Friday and Saturday.

Maryland Million’s Big Day at Laurel Park Sparks Optimism for Future; Ben’s Cat, King Leatherbury Rebounding from ‘Agony of Defeat’

Ben’s Cat, King Leatherbury Rebounding from ‘Agony of Defeat’           
LAUREL, MD – The 30th anniversary of the Jim McKay Maryland Million was celebrated at Laurel Park Saturday with heated stakes competition on the racetrack, significant wagering increases at the mutuel windows and an enthusiastic assemblage of fans enjoying the features of an extensively renovated facility.

Phlash Phelps Fights Back to Capture $125,000 Maryland Million Turf

 LAUREL, MD -- Phlash Phelps almost pranced into the winner's circle at Laurel Park Saturday afternoon after his victory in the $125,000 John Deere Maryland Million Turf. Despite having to dig in down the stretch of the one-mile race to put away Roadhog, a two-time Turf winner, Phlash didn't break a sweat.

Handle Up 37 Percent On Maryland Million Day

 LAUREL, MD – Saturday’s 30th running of the Jim McKay Maryland Million – featuring full, competitive fields and an extensively renovated facility – generated an increase in handle of 37 percent and an increase in attendance of 17 percent.