Racing News

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.

Age No Object for Greeley And Ben; 9-year-old wins $100,000 Dave’s Friend Stakes

Loves Donuts and Hot Dogs
Double Crown Springs Upset, Wins by Nose in $100,000 Robert T. Manfuso

LAUREL, MD - What is true of some fine wines is also proving true of Greeley and Ben. Darryl Abramowitz’s 9-year-old gelding keeps getting better with age, recording his 25th career win Saturday at Laurel Park with a come-from-behind victory in the $100,000 Dave’s Friend Stakes.

G3 Winner Wondrwherecraigis Retired from Racing

Multiple Stakes Winner Seven’s Eleven Favored in Friday Feature
Free 2024 Calendar Giveaway Saturday, No Racing Christmas Eve

LAUREL, MD –Wondrwherecraigis, a three-time stakes winner that gave Laurel Park-based trainer Brittany Russell her first graded-stakes triumph in the 2021 Bold Ruler (G3), has been retired from racing.

Ageless Greeley and Ben Faces 11 Rivals in $100,000 Dave’s Friend

Stakes Winners Moody Woman, Apple Picker Top Willa On the Move
Graded Winners Magic Michael, Double Crown Bookend Robert Manfuso
$100,000 Carousel Features Stablemates Hybrid Eclipse, Saddle Up Jessie

LAUREL, MD – Daryl Abramowitz’s Grade 3 winning-sprinter Greeley and Ben, still going strong at the age of 9, chases a second straight victory and 25th overall against 11 rivals in Saturday’s $100,000 Dave’s Friend at Laurel Park.

Trio of Stakes Winners Top $100,000 Heft Nominations

Joins $100K Gin Talking as Juvenile Stakes Saturday, Dec. 30
Trainers Lacey Gaudet, Diane Morici Win Two Apiece Sunday
Triple Carryovers When Live Racing Resumes Friday, Dec. 22

LAUREL, MD – Stakes winners Catahoula Moon, Circle P and Sweet Soddy J highlight a list of 27 2-year-olds nominated to the $100,000 Heft Saturday, Dec. 30 at Laurel Park.

Multiple Stakes Winner Witty Makes Successful Return to Dirt

4YO Gelding, Half to Caravel, Easy Winner of Saturday Feature
Jockey Jevian Toledo Wins Five Races, Takes Over Fall Meet Lead

LAUREL, MD – Witty, a multiple stakes winner on both turf and dirt, made a triumphant return to the main track and gave jockey Jevian Toledo his fourth of five wins on the card in Saturday’s feature at Laurel Park.

Ness Continues Assault on Meet, Yearly Standings Friday at Laurel

Multiple Turf, Dirt Stakes Winner Witty Returns in Saturday Feature
Nominations Close Saturday for Pair of $100,000 2YO Stakes Dec. 30
Breakfast & Hot Chocolate Buffet, Pictures with Santa Saturday

LAUREL, MD – Jamie Ness, leading the trainer standings both at the fall meet and for the year in Maryland, entered five horses including 2-1 program favorite Been Real Busy in the 2-year-old filly maiden feature when live racing resumes Friday at Laurel Park.