Racing News

Sonny Inspired Leads Select Field in Laurel's $75,000 Ben's Cat

$30,000 Pick 5 Awaits Bettors Friday
LAUREL, MD - Trainer Phil Schoenthal is looking for a big performance out of his 5-year-old gelding and Fire Plug Stakes winner Sonny Inspired in Saturday's $75,000 Ben's Cat Stakes at Laurel Park.

Sophia’s Song Impressive in Caesar’s Wish

Abiding Star Takes Private Terms at 18-1
LAUREL, MD – Earlier this year, Bill Mathis purchased controlling interest in the 3-year-old filly Sophia’s Song after trainer Todd Pletcher told him of the filly’s potential after she won an allowance optional claiming event at Gulfstream Park.

Fan Favorite Ben's Cat Back at the Track

Jockey Russell Could be Back May or June
Racing Returns Friday Through Sunday at Laurel
LAUREL, MD - The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat, the popular, Maryland-bred fan favorite who has won 30 of 53 starts for $2.4 million, is back at Laurel in light training for his Hall of Fame conditioner King Leatherbury after taking the winter off at Stephanie Nixon's farm in Virginia.

Stakes Winners Marengo Road, Great Soul Top Laurel's Weekend Stakes

Racing Returns Friday through Sunday, First Race Post 1:10 p.m.
LAUREL, MD - A group of promising 3-year-olds, led by Miracle Wood winner Marengo Road and Wide Country winner Great Soul, tops a busy weekend of racing at Laurel Park.
Marengo Road, a 3-year-old colt by Quality Road, leads a group of six in Saturday's $75,000 Private Terms, while Great Soul, a lightly-raced filly by Great Notion, meets five others in the co-featured $75,000 Caesar's Wish.

Racing Resumes Friday, March 11 at Laurel Park

Private Terms, Caesar's Wish Saturday, March 12                                
Champions Handicapping Tourney and St. Paddy's Day Pig Roast              
LAUREL, MD - Live racing returns to Laurel Park's newly-refurbished facility Friday with a big weekend of stakes races and events.

Stakes Winners Marengo Road, Sunny Ridge Nominated for Private Terms

Great Soul, Mo d'Amour Nominated for Caesar's Wish         
St. Paddy's Day Roast, Champions Tourney March 12                      
Maryland Racing Mourns Former Trainer Michael T. Beck 

Maryland-bred Champions of 2015

Timonium, Md.— Alex and JoAnn Lieblong’s multiple Grade 1 stakes performer The Big Beast was named Maryland-bred Horse of the Year in the annual poll conducted by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association. The son of Yes It’s True, bred by Ron and Carolyn Green’s Green Willow Farm, also took top honors as champion older male and champion sprinter.

Statement from Maryland Jockey Club President & GM Sal Sinatra

"We are looking forward to opening our off-track betting facility in Timonium. We also look forward to continue building a strong relationship and partnership with the local community. We believe there's tremendous potential in Maryland Thoroughbred racing and we want to build on its rich tradition. By growing our off-track network we hope to create convenience for our customers and exposure to racing throughout the state."

Laurel Park's Fundraiser for Fray Raises $10,000

LAUREL, MD - Fundraiser for Fray, a benefit held to raise awareness and funds for jockey Fray Martinez and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Maryland, raised nearly $10,000 Saturday during Laurel Park's Winter Carnival.

Page McKenney Scores First Graded-Stakes Win in G3 General George

Two-Turn Specialist Shows Class while Cutting Back to 7 Furlongs     
LAUREL, MD – Adam Staple and Jalin Stable’s Page McKenney scored his first graded-stakes victory Monday in the $250,000 General George (G3) at Laurel Race Course.