Racing News

Live Racing Returns Friday Afternoon

LAUREL, MD. 09-03-14---Live racing returns to the major Maryland tracks for the first-time since early June as the 65-day Laurel Park fall meeting begins Friday afternoon, Sept. 5. Opening day features free admission, complimentary programs and drawings for tickets to the Brew & Bourbon (Sept. 13) and Oktoberfest (Oct. 25) events. First post is 1:10 Eastern.

Ten Stakes Races Added To Laurel Park Fall Meet Schedule

LAUREL, MD. 08-12-14---The Maryland Jockey Club today announced 10 additional stakes have been added to the Laurel Park fall stakes schedule that was not finalized at the July racing commission meeting.

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association has inserted five Maryland-bred and/or Maryland-sired races into the mix.

Laurel Park Fall Meet Stakes Schedule Approved

LAUREL, MD. 07-15-14---The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled the 2014 Laurel Park fall schedule today after reaching agreement with the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. The schedule was approved at the Maryland Racing Commission earlier this afternoon during its monthly meeting.

A Message From Frank Stronach

AURORA, ONTARIO, April 16, 2014 - The Stronach Group has always been committed to ensuring that our horse racing businesses operate with integrity and concern for the health and safety of the horses and the people who work with them. Now, more than ever, we as track operators, horsemen and regulators must come together to do everything we can to prevent any abuse of our thoroughbred athletes. We must also work diligently to ban any individuals engaged in fraudulent or harmful activities from participating in our sport. The goal of these efforts is to achieve the highest standards with respect to the integrity of our sport and the safety of our athletes, both equine and human.

Breeders' Cup Classic Winning Trainer Dickie Small Passes

BALTIMORE, 04-05-14---Prominent Maryland trainer Richard (Dickie) Small, who conditioned 1994 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Concern, died late Friday night after a battle with cancer. He was 68 years old.

Laurel Park Trainer Title Ends In A Four-Way Tie, McCarthy Captures Winter Riding Championship

LAUREL, MD. 03-29-14---The Laurel Park winter meeting ended today with apprentice rider Trevor McCarthy winning the jockey title and four conditioners sharing the trainer championship. The 42-day stand began at the central Maryland track on January 1. Five live racing days were lost to inclement weather.

McCarthy Mathematically Locks up Riding Title

LAUREL, MD. 03-28-14---Lost in the hoopla surrounding the battle for the leading trainer at the Laurel Park was the performance by apprentice Trevor McCarthy, who will win his first riding title when the winter meet ends Saturday afternoon.

Vazquez Moves Into Tie For Top Spot In Trainer Standings

LAUREL, MD. 03-27-14---Juan Vazquez moved into a first place tie in the Laurel Park trainer standings with two live racing days remaining in the winter meeting. The 42-day stand ends Saturday afternoon.

Vazquez saddled Cochita Rich ($11.80) to victory in Thursday’s fourth race to tie Claudio Gonzalezfor the top spot. Both conditioners have 19 victories.

Leatherbury Turns 81, Eyes Fifth Straight Mister Diz Victory For Ben's Cat Next Weekend At Pimlico

LAUREL, MD. 03-26-14---Legendary trainer King Leatherbury, who turned 81 today, indicated that Ben’s Cat will make his 2014 debut at Pimlico Race Course next Saturday, April 5 in the Mister Diz Stakes. The son of Parker’s Storm Cat will be looking for his fifth consecutive victory in the Mister Diz and 20th career stakes victory.

Laurel Park Training Title Going To The Wire

LAUREL, MD. 03-22-14---With one week remaining in the winter meeting, four trainers have a chance to win the Laurel Park title. The stand ends March 29 with live racing scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.