Racing News

Force the Pass Seeks Return to Form in G2 Commonwealth Turf Cup

Grade 1 Winner Chasing First 2016 Victory in $200,000 Stakes
LAUREL, MD – Colts Neck Stables’ homebred Force the Pass had a 3-year-old season to remember in 2015, winning four of eight starts including the Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) and never finishing worse than third while banking more than $1.1 million in purse earnings.

Allen’s Family, Racing Legacy Come Together Saturday at Laurel; Bert Allen Stakes Named for Late Father of Maryland-Based Trainer

Bert Allen Stakes Named for Late Father of Maryland-Based Trainer 
 LAUREL, MD – Even if he didn’t have a starter on the card, trainer Ferris Allen wouldn’t dream of being anywhere else but Laurel Park on Saturday for its 11-race Commonwealth Day program.

Rose Brier Targets Third Straight Win in $60,000 Bert Allen

Complete St. Back to Defend Title in $60,000 Brookmeade
LAUREL, MD – Though he has raced and won at multiple tracks up and down the East Coast, Panic Stable’s Rose Brier is never more at home than in Maryland. The 7-year-old gelding has made four of his 34 career starts at both Laurel Park and historic Pimlico Race Course, all of them wins, each of them in stakes.

American Patriot Brings Strong Credentials into $200,000 Commonwealth Derby

Grade 1 Stakes-Placed Colt among 10 Entered in Grade 2 Turf Event
LAUREL, MD – WinStar Farm LLC’s American Patriot was among 10 3-year-olds entered Wednesday in Saturday’s $200,000 Commonwealth Derby (G2), bringing Grade 1 stakes-placed credentials into the 1 1/8-mile turf stakes presented by the Virginia Equine Alliance at Laurel Park.

Laurel’s Commonwealth Day Stakes Draw 219 Nominations

Sept. 24 Card Offers Eight Stakes, Three Graded, Worth $850,000 in Purses
LAUREL, MD – A total of 219 horses were nominated to eight stakes, three of them graded, worth $850,000 in purses on Commonwealth Day, Saturday Sept. 24, at Laurel Park.

Jet Majesty Soars to Laurel Feature Win Saturday; Late Pick 5 Hit for $30,682; Rainbow 6, Super Hi-5 Carryovers Sunday

Dancing Lucy Edges Summer Frock in Co-Feature 
Maryland-Breds Sweep Saturday Juvenile Maiden Races
Late Pick 5 Hit for $30,682; Rainbow 6, Super Hi-5 Carryovers Sunday 
Week 2 Qualifier in MJC Players’ Challenge Contest Sunday

Stakes Winner John Jones Returns to Win Laurel Friday Feature; Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5, Super Hi-5 Carryovers for Saturday

Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5, Super Hi-5 Carryovers for Saturday
LAUREL, MD – Racing for the first time since his 43-1 upset of Ben’s Cat in the six-furlong Mister Diz Stakes on turf Aug. 20, John Jones made a successful return to the dirt with a decisive victory in Friday’s featured seventh race at Laurel Park.

University of Maryland Equine Program Breeds Success

2-Year-Old Maryland’s Best Provides Latest Win 
LAUREL, MD – Over the years, the University of Maryland’s equine studies program has continued to provide its students with the knowledge and hands-on experience to move on to successful careers in and around the thoroughbred industry.

Jockey Carrasco Cleared for Weekend Comeback

Caribou Club May Get Time Off After Futurity Win
Stakes Winner John Jones Returns to Dirt on Friday Card
LAUREL, MD – Jockey Victor Carrasco, out of action since Aug. 7 with an injury to his right foot, will return to ride at Laurel Park this weekend.
Tom Stift, Carrasco’s agent, said the 24-year-old rider received medical clearance to return following a doctor’s appointment on Monday and was back exercising horses Tuesday morning.

Laurel’s Opening Weekend a Success

Elusive Joni Sneaks Up Rail to Capture Laurel’s Sunday Feature
Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5 Carryovers for Friday’s Nine-Race Program
LAUREL, MD – The opening weekend of Laurel Park’s fall meet was a success with a 50-percent increase over last year’s opening weekend while racing an additional day.