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Anna’s Bandit Puts Streak to Test in $75,000 Geisha

John Jones Aims for Third Victory in $75,000 Jennings

LAUREL, MD – No Guts No Glory Farm’s Anna’s Bandit, a winner of six consecutive races to end 2019, will get the chance to extend her streak into the new year when she faces six rivals in the $75,000 Geisha at Laurel Park.

Seven Winning Tickets in Stronach 5 Worth $25,941

LAUREL, MD – There were seven winning tickets in Friday’s Stronach 5, each returning $25,941.10.

The popular wager, with an industry-low 12-percent takeout, had a guaranteed pool of $100,000. The final total handle was $206,397.

The lowest payoff in the Stronach 5 was $11.20, and that came in the opening leg at Laurel Park. The Stronach 5 also featured races from Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park and Golden Gate Fields.

Friday’s Stronach 5 Sequence

Sweet Home Dixie Gives Hamilton Smith 2,000th Career Win

Fifth Consecutive Victory for Filly Owned by Trainer’s Brother

LAUREL, MD – Sweet Home Dixie swept past her rivals on the far turn and powered through the stretch to run her win streak to five races and give trainer Hamilton Smith his 2,000th career victory Friday at Laurel Park.

G1 Winners Firenze Fire, Mind Control Top Laurel Stakes Noms

Four Stakes Worth $350,000 in Purses Saturday, Jan. 18

LAUREL, MD – Grade 1 winners Firenze Fire and Mind Control and Anna’s Bandit, whose nine wins last year tied for the most of any horse in the country, are among 80 nominees to four stakes worth $350,000 in purses as older horses take the spotlight Saturday, Jan. 18 at Laurel Park.

Jockey Marquez Rides First Winner Thursday at Laurel

16-Year-Old Breaks Through with Eighth Career Mount

LAUREL, MD – Racing first off the claim for trainer Phil Schoenthal’s Kingdom Bloodstock, Inc., Sierra Leona rallied from mid-pack for a three-quarter-length triumph Thursday at Laurel Park to give jockey Charlie Marquez his first professional win.

Friday Stronach 5: Five Races, Four Tracks, $100,000 Guaranteed Pool

LAUREL, MD – The popular Stronach 5, with an industry-low 12-percent takeout, will feature races Friday afternoon from Laurel Park, Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields and Gulfstream Park.

Friday's Stronach 5 Returns $1,187

LAUREL, MD – There were 160 tickets in Friday’s Stronach 5, each returning $1,187.20.

Friday’s sequence kicked off in the eighth-race finale at Laurel Park, won by Shaks Hidden Gem ($7.20). After Payntdemluesaway ($16) sprung a mild upset in Gulfstream Park’s ninth race, favored Morning Cynn ($4.60) came home a winner in the third leg, Race 3 at Golden Gate Fields. Gaby’s Dream ($5.40) took the 10th race at Gulfstream before Point Hope ($6.80) wrapped up the sequence with a victory in Santa Anita’s fifth race.

Career Years Lift McCarthy, Gonzalez to 2019 Maryland Titles

Third Overall Championship for Leading Jockey, Trainer
Live Racing Returns to Laurel Park Friday, Jan. 3

LAUREL, MD – Bolstered by career-best performances in both wins and purse earnings, Trevor McCarthy and Claudio Gonzalez finished 2019 as the Maryland’s leading jockey and trainer, respectively, for a third time.

Gulfstream, Santa Anita, Laurel and Golden Gate All Part of Friday's Stronach 5

Three Turf Races, $100,000 Guaranteed Pool
Video: All-Star Ticket

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Races from Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, Laurel Park and Golden Gate Fields will all be featured Friday in the Stronach 5.

The popular wager will once again have a $100,000 guaranteed pool and industry-low 12-percent takeout.

McCarthy, Gonzalez Crowned Fall Meet Champions Sunday

Trio of Mandatory Payouts on Closing Day Program
Live Racing Returns Wednesday with New Year’s Day Holiday Card

LAUREL, MD – A rainy Sunday couldn’t dampen spirits as jockey Trevor McCarthy and trainer Claudio Gonzalez put the finishing touches on another championship during closing day of Laurel Park’s calendar year-ending fall meet.