Racing News

Grade I Winners Nominated To Commonwealth Derby (G2) and Cup (G2)

Force the Pass Nominated to Derby, Mr Speaker to Cup
LAUREL, MD – Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) winner Force the Pass and Secretariat (G1) runner-up Closing Bell have been nominated to the $400,000 The Commonwealth Derby (G2), to be run Saturday, Sept. 19 at Laurel Park.

Laurel Renovating Grandstand for Fall Season & Maryland Million

New Simulcast Room, Food Court, Televisions and Mobile App
Grandstand Part of $17 Million Renovation
Front Side to be finished Before Oct. 17 Maryland Million 
 LAUREL, MD – Laurel Park will open its fall meet Saturday while it continues working on renovating its grandstand with a new simulcast room, 90 additional flat-screen televisions, a Bose speaker system, new food and drink options, and an innovative app allowing fans to listen to their favorite track on their mobile device.

Laurel News & Notes: Smith Saddles Two in Selima; O’Connell, Trombetta Set for Futurity; Family Affair for Graham in Selima

Smith Saddles Two in Selima
O’Connell, Trombetta Set for Futurity
Family Affair for Graham in Selima
LAUREL, MD - Trainer Hamilton Smith will send out a pair of 2-year-old fillies in the $75,000 Selima Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on the turf Saturday in Azuma Mura and Table Jumper. 

Motion-Trained Trio Set for Saturday’s $150,000 Lady Baltimore

Laurel Dash, Laurel Futurity, Selima Stakes Supporting Features
 LAUREL, MD – Trainer Graham Motion entered three horses for Saturday’s $150,000 Lady Baltimore Stakes on the opening day program of the fall meeting at Laurel Park.

Hoop of Colour, Kitten's Dumplings Top Lady Baltimore Nominations

Four Stakes Highlight Opening Weekend at Laurel
 LAUREL, MD - Graded stakes winners Hoop of Colour, Kitten's Dumplings and A Little Bit Sassy are three of 24 fillies and mares nominated for Saturday's $150,000 The Lady Baltimore Stakes, one of four stakes to be run on Laurel's Saturday program opening weekend.



Laurel Summer Meet Big Boost To Maryland Racing

Maryland Pride Day All-Sources Handle Tops $3 Million
 LAUREL, MD - Laurel Park's first summer meet in a decade was a positive for Maryland racing, with live in-state handle up well over $1 million for July and August and import handle up more than $500,000 per day over comparable dates in 2014.

Doran Wins Champions Handicapping Tournament

Earns Trip to Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge
LAUREL, MD - Oneil Doran was the big winner in The Maryland Jockey Club's Handicapping Tournament at Laurel Saturday, earning entry into the 2015 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge Oct. 30-31.
Doran, from Owings Mills, won after turning his $200 bankroll into $2,400. Doran also earned prize money of $800.

Ben’s Cat Notches Unprecedented 6th Straight Mister Diz Stakes Triumph

Trainer King Leatherbury Honored on Maryland Pride Day Program
Phlash Phelps Takes Find Stakes to Remain Undefeated in 2015
 LAUREL, MD – Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury celebrated Maryland Pride Day in fitting fashion at Laurel Park Saturday, saddling local legend Ben’s Cat for his sixth straight victory in the Mister Diz Stakes and 30th triumph of a most remarkable career.

Laurel Park News & Notes

Stuart Janney III’s Onus Pointed to Laurel’s Grade 3 Commonwealth Oaks
Forest Boyce Picking Up Steam While Riding Laurel Hot Streak
Lael Stables’ Exaggerated Lives Up to Expectations
 BALTIMORE, MD – Stuart Janney III’s Onus, a back-to-back winner by a total of nearly 20 lengths in her last two starts, is likely to return to Laurel Park for a start in the $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (G3) on Sept. 26.

Diamondback Fire Represents First for University's Equine Program

First Horse Foaled at Undergraduate Program Starts Saturday at Laurel
 LAUREL, MD - When Diamondback Fire, a 2-year-old gelded son of Friesan Fire, goes to post in Saturday's third race at Laurel Park on Maryland Pride Day, it will mark a significant milestone for the University of Maryland's undergraduate Equine Studies program.