Racing News

Live Racing Returns to Laurel Park Friday for 48-Day Fall Meet

November to Feature Three Monday & Thanksgiving Day Programs
37th Jim McKay Maryland Million Tops 33 Stakes Worth $3.205 Million

BALTIMORE – On the heels of a successful fall boutique meet at historic Pimlico Race Course, live racing shifts to Laurel Park for its calendar year-ending fall stand that begins Friday and features 33 stakes worth $3.205 million in purses led by the 37th edition of the Jim McKay Maryland Million.

Maker to Have Presence in Maryland Through Fall at Laurel Park

Apprentice Barbosa Leads Fall Meet Riders; Logjam in Trainer Standings

BALTIMORE – Mike Maker, annually among the country’s leading trainers in starts, wins and purses earned, is planning to have a presence in Maryland this fall.

The 53-year-old Maker, based primarily in the Midwest but with seasonal strings in Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, New York and Texas, will have 15 stalls at Laurel Park’s calendar year-ending fall meet which begins Friday, Sept. 30.

Carotari Determined Winner of $100,000 Laurel Dash

Noses Comedy Town at Wire in Five-Furlong Turf Sprint
Mandatory Payouts on Sunday’s 11-Race Closing Day Card

BALTIMORE – William Branch’s Carotari, returning to the site of his most recent victory, fended off Comedy Town the length of the stretch and got his nose down in time for a dramatic triumph in Saturday’s $100,000 Laurel Dash at historic Pimlico Race Course.

Smash Ticket Impressive in $100,000 Weather Vane Victory

Benevengo Wins Polynesian

BALTIMORE – Brad King, Stan Kirby, Suzanne Kirby and Barbara Coleman’s Smash Ticket registered her first stakes victory in emphatic fashion, sprinting to a popular front-running 6 ¼-length decision in Saturday’s $100,000 Weather Vane at historic Pimlico Race Course.

Can the Queen Retains Crown in $100,000 Sensible Lady

Five-Furlong Turf Dash First Stakes Win for Trainer Shankle

BALTIMORE – Joanne Shankle’s Can the Queen will reign for another year after reeling in pacesetter Spicy Marg and drawing away by 1 ¾ lengths to defend her title in Saturday’s $100,000 Sensible Lady Turf Dash at historic Pimlico Race Course.

G1 Winner Decorated Invader Launching Comeback Saturday

GS Winners Fancy Liquor, Wootton Asset Among Allowance Rivals
11-Race Program Features Four Stakes Worth $400,000 in Purses
3YO Colt Mo Money Mo Honey Stays Undefeated in Friday Feature

BALTIMORE – West Point Thoroughbreds, William Freeman, William Sandbrook and Cheryl Manning’s Decorated Invader, a Grade 1 winner at 2 that has gone unraced in more than 16 months, is set to launch his comeback Saturday at historic Pimlico Race Course.

Plot the Dots Targets Elusive Stakes Win in $100,000 Polynesian

Among Four Closing Weekend Stakes Worth $400,000 in Purses

BALTIMORE – Danny Chen’s Plot the Dots, placed twice in Maryland stakes this year, faces eight rivals including Grade 2 winner Brooklyn Strong and multiple graded-stakes placed Double Crown as he chases an elusive first stakes victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Polynesian at historic Pimlico Race Course.

Lady Scarlet, Elm Drive Face Off in $100,000 Weather Vane

Graded-Stakes Winners Top Overflow Field of 15 in Filly Sprint

BALTIMORE – Graded-stakes winners Lady Scarlet, already having proven successful at the course and distance, and Elm Drive, looking to rebound from a rare poor performance, will square off in an overflow field of 15 entered for Saturday’s $100,000 Weather Vane at historic Pimlico Race Course.

Carotari Chasing Sixth Stakes Victory in Laurel Dash

Five-Furlong Sprint Among Four $100,000 Stakes Saturday

BALTIMORE – William Branch’s Carotari returns to Maryland seeking to rediscover his multiple stakes-winning form at the site of his most recent victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Laurel Dash at historic Pimlico Race Course.

The 24th running of the Laurel Dash, scheduled for five furlongs on the grass, is among four stakes worth $400,000 in purses on an 11-race program that marks the final Saturday of Pimlico’s nine-day fall meet.

Robin Sparkles Can Go Out a Winner in $100,000 Sensible Lady

G3 Winner Tops Overflow Field of 16 in Five-Furlong Turf Dash

BALTIMORE – If it is indeed Robin Sparkles’ swan song, trainer Bruce Brown is hoping to send Michael Schrader’s 5-year-old mare out a winner in Saturday’s $100,000 Sensible Lady Turf Dash at historic Pimlico Race Course.