Racing News

Factor It In Chases Graded Victory in General George (G3)

Co-Headlines Feb. 18 Winter Carnival Program of Six Stakes

BALTIMORE – Michael Scheffres’ claimer-turned-multiple stakes winner Factor It In, narrowly beaten in a pair of out-of-town graded-stakes last year, will have home track advantage when he makes his return to graded company in the $250,000 General George (G3) Saturday, Feb. 18 at Laurel Park.

Chilean Jockey Hernandez Registers First U.S. Win Sunday

Multiple Group Stakes Winner Scores in Laurel Park Opener

BALTIMORE – MCA Racing Stable’s 4-year-old filly Queen Cadence swept to the lead around the far turn and opened up through the stretch to win Laurel Park’s Sunday opener and give jockey Jorge F. Hernandez his first win in the United States.

Queen Cadence ($6), the 2-1 favorite trained by Claudio Gonzalez, went 5 ½ furlongs in 1:07.30 over a fast main track to win the claiming event for fillies and mares 4 and up by 3 ½ lengths.

General George (G3) Contenders Breeze Saturday at Laurel

Eastern Bay, Pirate Rick, Factor It In Among Stakes Workers
$1,130 Super Hi-5 Carryover for Sunday’s Nine-Race Program

BALTIMORE – Multiple graded-stakes placed Eastern Bay and stablemate Pirate Rick, and back-to-back stakes winner Factor It In, all being pointed to the $250,000 General George (G3) Feb. 18, breezed Saturday at Laurel Park for their upcoming stakes engagement.

Union Lake Works Friday for Barbara Fritchie (G3) Feb. 18

Saturday’s El Camino Real Derby Offers Berth in Preakness 148
12:25 Post Time for Saturday’s Live Nine-Race Program at Laurel

BALTIMORE – Steven Schoenfeld’s Grade 2-placed filly Union Lake breezed a half-mile Friday over the Belmont Park training track ahead of a planned start in the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie (G3) Feb. 18 at Laurel Park.

Laurel Park Sophomores Among 369 Triple Crown Nominations

B West Joined by Stablemates Prince of Jericho, Circling the Drain
Stakes winner Mavilus in Season Debut as Live Racing Returns Friday

BALTIMORE – Laurel Park-based Prince of Jericho and B West, respectively first and third in the Jan. 21 Spectacular Bid, and Circling the Drain were among 369 3-year-olds made eligible during the early nomination phase to compete in the 2023 Triple Crown races.

Millionaire C Z Rocket Tops 36 Nominees for General George (G3)

Grade 3 Winner Yuugiri Among 21 Nominated to Barbara Fritchie (G3)
Headline Six Stakes Worth $900,000 in Purses Saturday, Feb. 18 at Laurel

BALTIMORE – Millionaire C Z Rocket and fellow graded-stakes winners Double Crown, Repo Rocks and Weyburn are among 36 accomplished older sprinters nominated to the $250,000 General George (G3) Saturday, Feb. 18 at Laurel Park.

Stakes Winner Plot the Dots Returns in Sunday Feature

12:25 P.M. Post Time for First of Nine Races to Close Weekend

BALTIMORE – Built Wright Stables’ veteran 6-year-old Plot the Dots, who became a stakes winner in dominant fashion last time out, returns as the horse to beat in Sunday’s featured eighth race at Laurel Park.

Plot the Dots, a gelded son of champion Uncle Mo, is the 9-5 program favorite from outermost Post 7 in the open third-level optional claiming allowance for 4-year-olds and up going one mile. Jevian Toledo is named to ride.

The Art of Racing Preakness Contest Taking Submissions

Nine on Tap as Live Racing Returns to Laurel Park Friday
Nominations Close Saturday for Winter Carnival Stakes Feb. 18

BALTIMORE – Submissions are now being accepted for The Art of Racing, a partnership between 1/ST Racing, the Maryland Jockey Club and the Maryland Institute College of Art seeking original, two-dimensional visual art that depicts the unique elements of Thoroughbred racing and the Preakness Stakes (G1).

Preakness Weekend to Feature 15 Stakes Worth $3.5 Million

148th Preakness (G1), Middle Jewel of Triple Crown, May 20
99th Black-Eyed Susan (G2) for 3YO Fillies on Preakness Eve

BALTIMORE – The 148th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1), Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, and 99th renewal of the $300,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) highlights a spectacular weekend of racing featuring 15 stakes, eight graded, worth $3.5 million in purses May 19 and 20 at historic Pimlico Race Course.

Graded-Stakes Placed Doppelganger Returns Friday at Laurel

Eclipse Finalist Barbosa Back Following Trip to South Florida
Special Noon Post Time for Saturday’s Nine-Race Program

BALTIMORE – Multiple graded-stakes placed Doppelganger, unraced since last summer, will launch his comeback Friday running first time for new connections when live racing returns to Laurel Park.

Post time for the first of nine races is 12:25 p.m.