Racing News

Journeyman Julian Pimentel Takes Last Ride Before Winter Break

Multiple Graded-Stakes Winner Returning Home to Contemplate Future

LAUREL, MD – Journeyman Julian Pimentel, a Maryland mainstay since 2006 that will be forever linked as the regular rider of late Mid-Atlantic legend Ben’s Cat, is taking the winter off to contemplate his future.

Pimentel, 40, finished sixth aboard Norman Lewis’ 4-year-old filly Castilleja for Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury in Saturday’s opener at Laurel Park, a six-furlong starter-optional claimer for fillies and mares 3 and up.

Stronach 5 has 54 Winning Tickets Worth $1,418

LAUREL, MD – Favorites accounted for four of the five winners in Friday’s Stronach 5, but 54 winning tickets were still each worth $1,418.40.

Princess Kokachin Upsets Hello Beautiful in $75,000 Politely

Whereshetoldmetogo Earns 10th Stakes Win in $75,000 Bender Memorial

LAUREL, MD – Eric Rizer’s homebred Princess Kokachin, taking a four-race win streak into her stakes debut, outran multiple stakes-winning favorite Hello Beautiful for the early lead and never stopped, then waited out a short inquiry to pull the upset in Friday’s $75,000 Politely at Laurel Park.

Full Fields & Competitive Racing for Thanksgiving Saturday Card

‘Same Ol’ Cordmaker’ Back for More in $100,000 Richard W. Small

LAUREL, MD – Thanksgiving weekend continues at Laurel Park with a strong Saturday program featuring full fields and competitive racing led by a trio of post-holiday stakes worth $300,000 in purses.

A total of 97 horses were entered for the nine-race card, an average of 10.7 starters per race, all scheduled for Laurel’s recently refurbished main track. Post time is 12:25 p.m.

Happy Constitution Ships North for $100,000 Safely Kept

Florida-Based Filly Seeks First Stakes Win in Saturday Sprint

LAUREL, MD – Elena Racing Inc.’s stakes-placed Happy Constitution will be trading in the warmth of South Florida for the chill of Maryland when she goes after her first stakes victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Safely Kept at Laurel Park.

Stronach 5 Features $75,000 Bender Memorial

Races from Laurel and Golden Gate, Low 12-Percent Takeout

LAUREL, MD – Five sprint races, including the $75,000 Howard and Sondra Bender Memorial featuring multiple graded stakes-placed Double Crown and nine-time stakes winner Whereshetoldmetogo, comprise Friday’s Stronach 5.

The popular wager with a low 12-percent takeout begins at 3:32 ET at Laurel Park and will conclude at Golden Gate Fields at 4:48 ET.

Everett's Song Puts Streak to Test in $100,000 City of Laurel

Among Field of 10 Entered for Seven-Furlong Sprint Saturday

LAUREL, MD – SAB Stable Inc.’s Everett’s Song, a lightly raced son of Liam’s Map that became a stakes winner in his most recent start, will get the chance to continue his progression and earn a fourth straight victory in Saturday’s $100,000 City of Laurel at Laurel Park.

Live Racing and Free Pie: A Laurel Park Thanksgiving Tradition

Special 11:25 A.M. Post Time for First of Nine Races Thursday, Nov. 25

LAUREL, MD – No matter the time of year, or the occasion, holiday traditions mean different things to different people.

For more than three decades, aside from hosting its annual live race card, Thanksgiving Day has meant only one thing at Laurel Park – pies.

Air Token Taking Momentum into $75,000 Bender Memorial

Faces Nine-Time Stakes Winner Whereshetoldmetogo in Friday Sprint

LAUREL, MD – Corrales Racing’s Air Token, upset winner of the Maryland Million Sprint in his last start, will look to carry that momentum against graded-stakes placed Double Crown and Galerio and multiple stakes winner Whereshetoldmetogo in Friday’s $75,000 Howard and Sondra Bender Memorial at Laurel Park.

Hello Beautiful Chasing Fourth Straight Win in $75,000 Politely

Draws Rail Against Seven Rivals in Six-Furlong Sprint Friday

LAUREL, MD – Whenever trainer Brittany Russell has designs on giving stable star Hello Beautiful some time off, the 4-year-old filly has other ideas.

Fresh off a record-tying performance in last month’s Maryland Million Distaff, Hello Beautiful will go after her ninth career stakes victory in Friday’s $75,000 Politely at Laurel Park.