Laurel News & Notes

Laurel News & Notes

Big Week for Sagamore Farm's De Paz
Three Carryovers On Friday's Twilight Card
Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show Draws 293 Early Individual Entries


LAUREL, MD., 07/09/15 - It's been a big week for Sagamore Farm trainer Horacio De Paz. He and his wife celebrated the birth of a child earlier this week, and on Friday he will try to saddle the first winner of his career with the 3-year-old filly Ginger N Rye in Laurel's featured eighth race.

De Paz, recently promoted from assistant trainer and a former exercise rider for Todd Pletcher, says his new position has been "really exciting and I'm looking forward to the new adventure." De Paz will handle horses for Sagamore at the farm and some currently stabled at Pimlico.

"I got to work for a facility (in Sagamore) that had a bunch of horses, so I got to see firsthand how to manage a bunch of horses and managing a lot of people as well," he said. "So I think getting that experience and that exposure made this transition not that much of a difficult transition. I worked for Todd (Pletcher) for 4 1/2 years and got to travel around wherever they went so it was really an interesting operation as well."

Ginger N Rye, a homebred by More Than Ready entered in Friday's entry-level allowance race at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf, has not raced since finishing fifth Dec. 26 in the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship. The filly broke her maiden in her third start across a muddy Laurel track after a troubled sixth-place finish on the turf in October.

"We always thought something of her. We thought she had talent when we ran her last year. She kind of came up with some shins and then we gave her some time off through the winter," De Paz. "We were always trying to run her on the turf, but for some reason last year her first race came off and then she had a troubled trip. Hopefully, she can put in a good run (Friday). I think our ultimate goal is to try and stretch her out. Her pedigree shows that she is fit to go two turns."

With his wife and child in the hospital until Saturday, De Paz is "trying to sneak away in the morning for a few hours" and then try to make the race Friday afternoon.


There will be three carryovers when live racing returns to Laurel Friday with a 3:40 p.m. first race post.

The Pick 5, which features an industry-low 12 percent takeout on races 3 through 8, will have a carryover of $3,815, while the Super Hi 5 in the last race while have a $942 carryover. The 10-cent Rainbow 6, which was not hit over the weekend, will have a carryover of $1,115.

Post time Saturday and Sunday is 1:30 p.m.


The 2015 Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show, to be held Saturday at Pimlico, drew 293 early individual entries. The entries included previous show champions Houston (2012, 2013) and My Fantastic Lady (2014). They will again be competing for the Pimlico Perpetual Trophy, presented in memory of Wiseman's Ferry by sponsors Dana Point Farm and the Wiseman's Ferry Syndicate.

The feature class, the $7,500 Hillwood Stables LLC Jumper Speed Stakes, drew 18 pre-entries.

The Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show is one of 19 scheduled events for retired Thoroughbreds on the Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series (

The owners of Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah are sponsoring the Zayat Stables LLC Novice Hunter Classic while Stonestreet Stables has donated a portion of the earnings from Keen Pauline's victory in the Black-Eyed Susan (G2) to sponsor the entire Jumper Division in addition to donating equal amounts to MidAtlantic Horse Rescue and Foxie G Foundation.

Total prize money for the Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show will be more than $17,000. Entries can be made on the day of show (there will be an office fee). The horse show office will open at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, July 11. Stabling is available at Pimlico from Friday at noon through Sunday at 9 a.m. for $30 per stall. For stabling information contact Dennis Martin at 443.324.8445.


Trainer Gary Capuano got off to a fast start during the opening weekend of Laurel's summer meet, saddling two winners and a second-place finisher from four starters. Jockeys Victor Carrasco, Jevian Toledo and Horacio Karamanos each had three winners...