Racing News

Fall Festival of Racing Draws 159 Nominations for Five Stakes

Juveniles Showcased in $150,000 Laurel Futurity and Selima
Live Racing Returns to Laurel with 10-Race Program Thursday

LAUREL, MD – Undefeated stakes winners Epic Luck, Koala Princess and Turnerloose and Grade 3-placed Portfolio Company are among the nominees to a pair of juvenile stakes that headline the Fall Festival of Racing Saturday, Oct. 2 at Laurel Park.

Friday's Stronach 5 Offers Large Fields and Strong ROI

Low 12-Percent Takeout, Races from Gulfstream, Laurel & Golden Gate

LAUREL, MD – The Stronach 5, which continues to offer a strong return on investment with generous payouts and a low 12-percent takeout, offers large, competitive fields Friday from Gulfstream Park, Laurel Park and Golden Gate Fields.

Last week’s Stronach 5 had four horses return $8 or less – including two even-money favorites – and the cross-country wager still returned $1,922.20.

Captain Bombastic Turns Away Competition in Polynesian

Second Stakes Win of the Day for Asmussen, Lynch

LAUREL, MD – Team Hanley’s Captain Bombastic, a New York-bred son of Forty Tales trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Feargal Lynch, pulled away from Grade 1 winner Roadster down the stretch to win the $100,000 Polynesian Saturday at Laurel Park.

Jalen Journey Declared Winner of $200,000 De Francis Dash G3

First-Place Finisher Wondrwherecraigis Disqualified for Interference

LAUREL, MD – It wasn’t the way they drew it up on paper, but Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen’s Jalen Journey picked up his first career stakes victory Saturday at Laurel Park following the disqualification of first-place finisher and 4-5 favorite Wondrwherecraigis in the $200,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3).

Emotional Victory for Hello Beautiful in $100,000 Weather Vane

Dreamalildreamofu Catches Artful Splatter Late in $100,000 Twixt

LAUREL, MD – With her regular rider on crutches and watching from the grandstand, Hello Beautiful provided Sheldon Russell with a spectacular get-well gift as she rolled to a popular and emotional 10 ¼-length triumph in Saturday’s $100,000 Weather Vane at Laurel Park.

Hello Beautiful Looks Tough to Beat in $100,000 Weather Vane

Among Four Stakes Worth $500,000 on De Francis (G3) Program

LAUREL, MD – Madaket Stables, Albert Frassetto, Mark Parkinson, K-Mac Stables and Magic City Stables’ Maryland-bred Hello Beautiful, unraced six earning her sixth career stakes victory to close July, is set to return as the horse to beat in Saturday’s $100,000 Weather Vane at Laurel Park.

Stronach 5 Returns $1,922 with Two Even Money Favorites

Four of Five Winners Return $8 or Less

LAUREL, MD –Even with the Stronach 5 having two winners paying $4 and another two returning $8 or under, the popular wager Friday returned $1,922.20 to each of the 40 winning tickets.

The biggest price on the cross-country wager with a low 12-percent takeout was $14.20.

Hall of Famer Smith Making Rare Laurel Appearance Saturday

Will Ride G1 Winner Roadster in $100,000 Polynesian

LAUREL, MD – His Hall of Fame career has taken jockey Mike Smith quite literally around the world. His next stop – and first in more than 14 ½ years – brings the affable 56-year-old to Laurel Park.

Based in California since 2000, Smith will be in town Saturday with three mounts on the $200,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) program led by Grade 1 winner Roadster in the $100,000 Polynesian for 3-year-olds and up.

Friday’s Stronach 5: Three Tracks & Five Races in Less Than an Hour

Low 12-Percent Takeout

LAUREL, MD – The Stronach 5, featuring a low 12-percent takeout, makes stops Friday at Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park and Golden Gate Fields with full fields and two races scheduled for the turf.

The popular wager begins at approximately 4:18 ET at Laurel and concludes less than an hour later at Golden Gate Fields.

G1 Winner Roadster Continues Comeback in $100,000 Polynesian

Hall of Famer Mike Smith to Ride
Dreamalildreamofu Chasing Second Stakes Win in $100,000 Twixt
Among Four Stakes Worth $500,000 on De Francis (G3) Day Card

LAUREL, MD – Speedway Stables’ Grade 1 winner and one-time Triple Crown contender Roadster will be making just his fifth start in the last two years and first on the East Coast as he continues his comeback in Saturday’s $100,000 Polynesian at Laurel Park.