Racing News

Copper Tax, Sweet Soddy J Head Spectacular Bid Nominations

Multiple Stakes Winner Carmelina Tops Jan. 27 Xtra Heat Noms
Rodriguez, Russell Honored Sunday as Maryland’s 2023 Leaders

LAUREL, MD – Multiple stakes winners Copper Tax and Sweet Soddy J and last-out stakes winners Squints and Uncle Heavy are among 24 horses nominated to the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Saturday, Jan. 27 at Laurel Park.

Copper Tax Breezes Friday Ahead of Sophomore Debut

Multiple Stakes Winner Pointing to 7F Spectacular Bid Jan. 27
Jockey Rodriguez Registers Fourth Straight Multi-Win Day

LAUREL, MD – Rose Petal Stables’ multiple stakes winner Copper Tax, who had a five-race win streak snapped last month in his graded debut, continues to train forwardly toward his eagerly anticipated 3-year-old debut.

Heritage Meet Resumes with Nine-Race Card Friday

Sheilahs Warcloud, Zuma Top 3-Year-Old Filly Feature
Nominations Close Saturday for Spectacular Bid, Xtra Heat

LAUREL, MD – Multiple stakes-placed Sheilahs Warcloud and impressive debut winner Zuma, a $200,000 yearling trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, are among eight 3-year-old fillies set to line up in Friday’s feature as live racing returns to Laurel Park.

Post time for the first of nine races is 12:25 p.m.

Defending Champ Factor It In Nominated to $100K Fire Plug

G3 Winners Greeley and Ben, Classier Also Among 21 Nominees
Four Stakes Worth $350,000 in Purses Saturday, Jan. 20 at Laurel
Jockey Rodriguez Registers Third Consecutive Hat Trick Sunday

LAUREL, MD – Defending champion Factor It In, Grade 3 winners Greeley and Ben and Classier, and multiple stakes winners No Cents and Threes Over Deuces top 21 older horses nominated to the $100,000 Fire Plug Saturday, Jan. 20 at Laurel Park.

Jockey Jaime Rodriguez Rolling into New Year

Registers Back-to-Back Hat Tricks at Laurel Park
Nine-Race Program Sunday Begins at 12:25 P.M.

LAUREL, MD – Jaime Rodriguez, who captured three meet titles in Maryland and finished with the most wins among all jockeys at Laurel Park and historic Pimlico Race Course in 2023, is picking up where he left off to start the new year.

Laurel Park Set to Launch 2024 with Heritage Meet

Nine-Race Program Opens 38-Day Winter Stand Friday
Schedule Includes 17 Stakes Worth $1.8 Million in Purses
G3 General George, G3 Barbara Fritchie Feb. 17

LAUREL, MD – A 5 ½-furlong sprint for Maryland-bred/sired 4-year-olds and up serves to highlight a nine-race program as the Maryland Jockey Club lifts the curtain on 2024 with Friday’s opening of the Heritage Meet at Laurel Park.

Brittany Russell Makes Maryland History as Leading Trainer

First Female to Win Most Annual Races at Laurel Park & Pimlico
Jockey Jaime Rodriguez Also Doubles as Meet, Yearly Leader

LAUREL, MD – Brittany Russell’s meteoric career trajectory reached an historic height Sunday at Laurel Park when the 34-year-old, in just her fourth full season, became the first female to lead the annual trainer standings in Maryland.

Carmelina Goes the Distance in $100,000 Gin Talking

Sweet Soddy J Cruises to $100,000 Heft Victory

LAUREL, MD – Cash is King and LC Racing’s multiple stakes winner Carmelina, pressed by Cap Classique from the start, put away the previously undefeated favorite in mid-stretch and pulled clear for a front-running two-length victory Saturday’s $100,000 Gin Talking at Laurel Park.

History Within Reach for Laurel Trainer Brittany Russell

In Position to Become First Female to Lead Maryland in Wins
Ness, Toledo Lead Fall Meet Standings, Final Weekend Opens Friday

LAUREL, MD – For the second straight year, trainer Brittany Russell finds herself at the end of a racing season chasing history.

Cap Classique Looks to Stay Perfect in $100,000 Gin Talking

Stakes Winners Sweet Soddy J, Catahoula Moon Top $100,000 Heft

LAUREL, MD – DARRS, Inc.’s undefeated Cap Classique, an eye-catching winner of her stakes debut last month, returns to Laurel Park looking to keep her perfect record intact in the $100,000 Gin Talking Saturday, Dec. 30.

The 15th running of the Gin Talking for 2-year-old fillies and 22nd edition of the $100,000 Heft for 2-year-olds, both sprinting seven furlongs, share top billing on a nine-race program that wraps up Maryland’s 2023 stakes schedule.