Racing News

Friday’s Stronach 5 Rewards 97 Bettors $1,314.90 Each

LAUREL, MD – Friday’s Stronach 5, the national pick 5 with an industry-low 12-percent takeout, rewarded 97 bettors across the country $1,314.90 each.
The shortest price winner came at Gulfstream Park in Uno Mas Modelo ($3.40) and the longest price occurred in the final leg at Golden Gate Fields in Classy Chasie ($22.60).
Friday’s Stronach 5 sequence

Stronach 5 Features Four Tracks, 55 Entries, $50,000 Guaranteed Pool

LAUREL, MD – Friday’s Stronach 5, featuring a $50,000 guaranteed pool and an industry-low 12-percent takeout, will crisscross the country with stops at Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields.
The five races drew 55 entries with a turf race at both Gulfstream and Santa Anita and 13 horses sprinting at Laurel Park.
Friday’s Stronach 5 sequence

Hamilton, Lawrence Hoping to Bring Hardware to Maryland

New Journeyman Hamilton Up for Eclipse as Champion Apprentice
Lawrence-Trained Glorious Empire Vying for Male Turf Champion
48th Annual Ceremony Thursday, Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park
LAUREL, MD – While an Eclipse Award was far from anyone’s mind when Glorious Empire finished sixth in his seasonal debut at Laurel Park last April, Weston Hamilton had but one goal when 2018 began – to bring the cherished bronze trophy home to Maryland.

Winter Weather Cancels Monday Holiday Program at Laurel

Simulcasting Open; Live Racing Returns Thursday, Jan. 24
LAUREL, MD – The Maryland Jockey Club canceled Monday’s special nine-race Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday program at Laurel Park due to severe winter weather conditions.
Monday’s forecast called for sun with a high of 20 degrees and winds at 20 to 30 mph, gusting up to 40 mph, creating a wind chill factor well into sub-zero temperatures. A wind chill advisory was put into effect until 11 a.m.

Special Holiday Program Monday at Laurel Park

Nine-Race Program Begins with 12:30 P.M. First Post
Carryovers in 50-Cent Late Pick 5, $1 Super Hi-5
LAUREL, MD – Laurel Park will host a special Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday program Monday, Jan. 21, with nine live races starting at 12:30 p.m.

Jockey McCarthy Returns a Winner Friday at Laurel

Leading Trainer Gonzalez Enjoys Three-Win Day
Nine-Race Program Saturday Begins with 12:30 P.M. Post

 LAUREL, MD – Jockey Trevor McCarthy, in his first mount since being involved in a three-horse spill one week earlier, made a triumphant return to the irons aboard Charlie Biggs’ Dancingwithpaynter in Friday’s second race at Laurel Park.

Friday’s Stronach 5 Has 241 Winners

Each Winner Receives $565.70
LAUREL, MD - There were 241 bettors each receiving $565.70 for hitting Friday’s Stronach 5. 
The Stronach 5 featured racing from Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park and Laurel Park as well as two turf races.

Late Night Pow Wow Rolls in $100,000 What a Summer

General Downs Charges to Victory in $100,000 Native Dancer
Home Run Maker Hits One Out in $100,000 Fire Plug
Timeless Curls Gets First Stakes Win in $100,000 Nellie Morse
LAUREL, MD – Breeze Easy LLC’s Grade 3 winner Late Night Pow Wow earned a return trip to graded-stakes competition by galloping to her eighth consecutive victory in Saturday’s $100,000 What a Summer at Laurel Park.

Trio of Jockeys Escape Serious Injury from Laurel Spill

Karamanos Returns to Ride on Saturday’s Stakes-Filled Program
McCarthy, Torres Off Mounts, Hopeful to Return Next Week

LAUREL, MD – Journeyman riders Horacio Karamanos, Trevor McCarthy and Jomar Torres each escaped serious injury following a three-horse spill in Friday’s sixth race at Laurel Park.

All three riders were taken to the hospital for evaluation and released later that night. Karamanos was at Laurel Saturday morning and was scheduled to ride Devine Mischief in the $100,000 What a Summer Stakes.

Anna’s Bandit Speeds to Feature Win Thursday at Laurel

Jockey McCarthy Enjoys Three-Win Afternoon

LAUREL, MD – No Guts No Glory Farm’s Anna’s Bandit, a three-time stakes winner in 2018, kicked off her 5-year-old season Thursday with a front-running five-length victory in the featured seventh race at Laurel Park.

With Xavier Perez up for breeder-trainer Jerry Robb, and narrowly favored at 2-1, Anna’s Bandit ($6.40) was timed in 1:20.28 for 5 ½ furlongs over a fast main track in the $47,000 third-level optional claiming allowance for fillies and mares 4 and up.