Racing News

Apprentice Jhovany Paredes Rides First Career Winner Friday

Stakes Winner Galerio Launching Comeback in Saturday Feature

LAUREL, MD – Ten-pound apprentice rider Jhovany Paredes celebrated his 22nd birthday in style Friday at Laurel Park by registering his first career victory, a front-running triumph aboard 5-year-old mare I Can Do It.

Bred, owned and trained by Robert Gamber, I Can Do It ($17.80) ran seven furlongs in 1:27.29 over a main track rated good to capture the claiming event for maiden fillies and mares ages 4 and 5 by a length over Brzina.

Jockey Kevin Gomez Continues Comeback Friday at Laurel

Five Mounts to Open Weekend for Journeyman Hurt in Oct. 21 Spill
Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5 Carryovers for Friday’s Nine-Race Program
Laurel Hosting Special Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Card Monday

LAUREL, MD – Journeyman Kevin Gomez continues his comeback with three mounts Friday at Laurel Park including 5-2 program favorite She Is Wisky in the seventh race allowance feature.

Post time for the return of live racing is 12:25 p.m.

Undefeated Post Time, Recruiter Top Spectacular Bid Nominations

7F Sprint for 3YOs Among Six Stakes Worth $550,000 in Purses Jan. 21
$100,000 Xtra Heat for 3-Year-Old Fillies Attracts 17 Nominees
Late Pick 5, Rainbow 6 Carryovers for Jan. 13 Return of Live Racing

LAUREL, MD – Undefeated stakes winners Post Time and Recruiter and Grade 3-placed Prove Right top 24 nominations to the $100,000 Spectacular Bid for newly turned 3-year-olds Saturday, Jan. 21 at Laurel Park.

Laurel’s Barbosa Eclipse Finalist for Champion Apprentice

19YO Won Three Individual Meet Titles in Maryland in 2022
Caravel Among Finalists for Champion Female Sprinter
Live Eight-Race Program Sunday to Wrap Up Weekend

LAUREL, MD – Teenage jockey Jeiron Barbosa, based year-round in Maryland, was named Saturday as one of three Eclipse Award finalists for North America’s champion apprentice rider of 2022.

Laurel’s Saturday Feature Draws Quartet of Stakes Winners

Multiple G3 Placed Threes Over Deuces 8-5 Program Favorite
Trainer Magee, Apprentice Barbosa Register Friday Hat Tricks

LAUREL, MD – Pocket 3’s Racing’s multiple Grade 3-placed Threes Over Deuces, scratched as the defending champion from the $100,000 Dave’s Friend Dec. 30, and fellow stakes winners Gagetown, Exculpatory and Indian Lake look to get the 2023 season off to a winning start in Saturday’s fourth-race feature at Laurel Park.

Nominations Close Saturday for 6 Stakes Jan. 21 with Purses Worth $550,000

Racing Returns This Weekend at Laurel
Friday Includes MSW, $54,000 Allowance               

LAUREL, MD – Nominations close Saturday for six stakes at Laurel Park on January 21 with total purses worth $550,000.

The six stakes are:

Gonzalez, Toledo Repeat as Maryland Champions in 2022

Sixth Straight Year Leading Trainer Standings for Gonzalez
Journeyman Toledo Sets Career Highs in Wins, Purse Earnings
Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5 Carryovers for Friday, Jan. 6

LAUREL, MD – Claudio Gonzalez and Jevian Toledo both enjoyed career highs as they defended their titles as the Maryland Jockey Club’s leading trainer and jockey in 2022.

Cruz, Barbosa Finish in Dead Heat for Fall Meet Riding Title

Russell Caps Historic Year with Third Leading Trainer Crown
Laurel Hosting Live Nine-Race New Year’s Day Program Sunday

LAUREL, MD – Angel Cruz won twice on Saturday’s closing day program to tie his protégé, 19-year-old apprentice Jeiron Barbosa, and share Laurel Park’s fall meet riding title, while Brittany Russell capped her historic year by leading the trainer standings for a third time this year.

Toledo Completes Four-Win Day in $100,000 Robert Manfuso

Malibu Beauty Good-Looking Winner of $100,000 Carousel

LAUREL, MD – Thomas Coulter’s Nimitz Class came with a steady run down the center of the track to reel in front-running Ain’t Da Beer Cold and edge clear by a half-length in Friday’s $100,000 Robert T. Manfuso Monday at Laurel Park, completing a four-win afternoon for jockey Jevian Toledo.

Factor It In Proves Too Tough in $100,000 Dave’s Friend

Swayin to and Fro Cruises in $100,000 Willa On the Move

BALTIMORE – Michael Scheffres’ Factor It In, third in back-to-back out-of-town graded-stakes, returned to his favorite track to notch his second stakes victory of the fall meet in Friday’s $100,000 Dave’s Friend at Laurel Park.