Racing News

Hall of Famer Smith Making Rare Laurel Appearance Saturday

Will Ride G1 Winner Roadster in $100,000 Polynesian

LAUREL, MD – His Hall of Fame career has taken jockey Mike Smith quite literally around the world. His next stop – and first in more than 14 ½ years – brings the affable 56-year-old to Laurel Park.

Based in California since 2000, Smith will be in town Saturday with three mounts on the $200,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) program led by Grade 1 winner Roadster in the $100,000 Polynesian for 3-year-olds and up.

Friday’s Stronach 5: Three Tracks & Five Races in Less Than an Hour

Low 12-Percent Takeout

LAUREL, MD – The Stronach 5, featuring a low 12-percent takeout, makes stops Friday at Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park and Golden Gate Fields with full fields and two races scheduled for the turf.

The popular wager begins at approximately 4:18 ET at Laurel and concludes less than an hour later at Golden Gate Fields.

G1 Winner Roadster Continues Comeback in $100,000 Polynesian

Hall of Famer Mike Smith to Ride
Dreamalildreamofu Chasing Second Stakes Win in $100,000 Twixt
Among Four Stakes Worth $500,000 on De Francis (G3) Day Card

LAUREL, MD – Speedway Stables’ Grade 1 winner and one-time Triple Crown contender Roadster will be making just his fifth start in the last two years and first on the East Coast as he continues his comeback in Saturday’s $100,000 Polynesian at Laurel Park.

Wondrwherecraigis Targets Graded Score in De Francis Dash (G3)

Defending Champion Laki, G1-Placed Jalen Journey Among Rivals
Six-Furlong Sprint Headlines Four Stakes Worth $500,000 Saturday

LAUREL, MD – With two straight wins under his belt including a long-awaited first stakes triumph and returning to a track where he has yet to lose, the timing is ideal for Wondrwherecraigis to step back into graded company in Saturday’s $200,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) at Laurel Park.

Jockey Sheldon Russell to Have Surgery on Injured Right Foot

Journeyman Leads All Maryland Riders in Purses Won in 2021

LAUREL, MD – Sheldon Russell, the top money-winning jockey in Maryland this year, will have surgery to repair an injury to his right foot suffered in a pre-race spill Sept. 9 at Laurel Park.

Russell, 34, got the news Monday after visiting Dr. Jacob Wisbeck, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle injuries, at MedStar Health in Timonium, Md. Russell said a date for surgery won’t be determined before a follow-up visit Sept. 20.

Jalen Journey Making Trip to Laurel for De Francis Dash (G3)

G1-Placed 6-Year-Old Works Sunday for $200,000 Sprint Sept. 18
Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5 Carryovers for Friday, Sept. 17 Program

LAUREL, MD – A three-furlong blowout Sunday morning put the finishing touches on Grade 1-placed Jalen Journey’s preparations for the $200,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) Sept. 18 at Laurel Park.

De Francis (G3) Next Stop for 'Craig' Following Saturday Breeze

Six-Furlong Sprint Headlines Four Stakes Worth $500,000 Sept. 18
Favored Matta Sprints to Saturday Feature Triumph on Turf

LAUREL, MD – It’s on to the $200,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) for newly minted stakes winner Wondrwherecraigis, who tuned up for his return to graded competition with an easy half-mile breeze Saturday morning at Laurel Park.

Stronach Returns and Rewards Three Bettors with a $24,266 Payoff

LAUREL, MD – The Stronach 5 returned Friday after a five-month break and there were three winning tickets each worth $24,266.70.

Once again, the Stronach 5 continues to show a strong return on investment with two favorites winning and the longest shot returning $21.60.

Foot Injury Sidelines Multiple Meet Champion Rider Russell

Home Brew Unleashes Late Kick to Capture Career Debut Friday

LAUREL, MD – Champion jockey Sheldon Russell, ranked second by wins among Maryland riders this year, will be out indefinitely with a foot injury suffered during Thursday’s opening day program finale at Laurel Park.

Russell, 34, was hurt after being dropped by Little Bit of That, a 2-year-old Maryland-bred filly trained by his wife, Brittany Russell, when the daughter of Great Notion reared in the post parade.

Maryland Million on Radar for Stakes Winner Cynergy's Star

Frosty Brew, Kit Keller Make Winning Debuts

LAUREL, MD – Bonuccelli Racing’s Cynergy’s Star, front-running winner of the Timonium Juvenile Aug. 29 to cap a busy slate of three races in 27 days, will get a breather before being pointed to the 36th Jim McKay Maryland Million program Oct. 23 at Laurel Park.