Racing News

Connections Hope to Make Another ‘Impression’ in $150K All Along

G3 Winners Renown, Scuba Tangle in $100,000 Laurel Turf Cup
Total of Six Grass Stakes on Tap for Saturday’s Fall Festival of Racing

Switzerland, Always Sunshine Top Wide Open De Francis Dash

$250,000 Six-Furlong Sprint One of Seven Stakes Worth $900,000 Sept. 22
LAUREL, MD – Switzerland and Always Sunshine, whose lone graded-stakes success each came in the same Maryland race two years apart, and a trio of multiple stakes winners are among nine older sprinters entered in a wide-open edition of the $250,000 Xpressbet Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) Saturday at Laurel Park.

Change of Equipment Makes the Difference for Papa Zulu Sunday

Leading Trainer Gonzalez Registers 500th Career Victory
Live Racing Returns with 10-Race Card Friday, Sept. 21

Keep Your Distance Goes the Distance in Saturday Feature

4-Year-Old Filly Earns 10th Career Victory, Sixth with Jockey Vargas
John Jones, Bonus Points, Twocubanbrothersu Tangle in Sunday’s Main Event
LAUREL, MD – Off the board following a rough trip in her third career stakes try last time out, Super C Racing Inc.’s Keep Your Distance rebounded with a professional gate-to-wire victory in Saturday’s featured eighth race at Laurel Park.

Jockey Katie Davis Ends Layoff with Hard-Fought Victory Friday

Telling Warrior Gives Ex-Jockey Cortez First Win as Trainer
G3-Placed Congrats Gal Romps by 14 in Return to Allowance Company

Sweetontheladies Looks to Make the Grade in De Francis Dash

Multiple Graded Winner Something Awesome Working Toward Comeback
Live Racing Returns to Laurel with 10-Race Program Friday, Sept. 14
LAUREL, MD – Multiple graded-stakes placed Sweetontheladies was already more than an hour into the approximately 1,100-mile van ride from South Florida to Laurel Park earlier this week when trainer Henry Collazo’s phone rang.

Maryland Jockey Club Opens Newest OTB at MGM National Harbor

 OXON HILL, MD – The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled its seventh off-track betting facility with a soft opening Wednesday at the MGM National Harbor, a luxury resort, retail, dining and entertainment venue and casino just minutes from Washington D.C. on the banks of the Potomac River.

Weekend Stakes, Including De Francis (G3), Rescheduled

Virginia-Bred Stakes Rescheduled to Sunday, Sept. 23
LAUREL, MD – Due to poor weather conditions forecast this weekend due to Hurricane Florence, the Maryland Jockey Club announced Monday that its Sept 15 stakes program – highlighted by the De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) and three finals of the MATCH Series - has been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 22.

Sidelined Journeyman Rider Hamilton to Have Back Surgery Sept. 17

Two-Time Maryland Meet Champion Out of Action Since June 10
Keefe Pointing to Sept. 22 Stakes for G2 Winner Still Having Fun
Live Racing Returns Friday, Sept. 14 with 10-Race Program
LAUREL, MD – Journeyman Steve ‘Cowboy’ Hamilton, a multiple meet champion in Maryland and winner of more than 1,374 career races, is scheduled to have back surgery Sept. 17 in an attempt to continue his riding career.

Sheikh of Sheikhs Extends Win Streak to Four Friday at Laurel

Yowza Yowza Yowza Thrilling Maiden Winner in Fall Meet Opener
Food & Drink Specials, BBQ for 12-Race Program Saturday
LAUREL, MD – Team Gaudet’s Sheikh of Sheikhs, a stakes winner at 2 and Grade 3 placed at 3, registered his fourth straight win and third in a row for new connections with a popular 5 ½-length romp Friday, opening day of Laurel Park’s calendar year-ending, 61-day fall meet.