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  • Top three picks for each race at Laurel Park today

    Top three picks for each race at Laurel Park today

    Stan Salter's picks for each race on Sunday at Laurel Park: Race 1, 1:10 p.m. post time Selections: No. 4 Cape Dancer, No. 5 Ideal Behavior, No. 1 Grateful Heart Race 2, 1:40 p.m. Selections: No. 7 Rub the Rock, No. 1a Cho Time, No. 3 Burning Mandate Race 3, 2:10 p.m. Selections: No. 7 Keepyuriondabalado,...

  • Onus stays perfect at Laurel Park with win in Lady Baltimore

    Onus stays perfect at Laurel Park with win in Lady Baltimore

    Stuart S. Janney III's homebred Grade 3 winner Onus kept her perfect local record intact with a record-setting 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $150,000 Lady Baltimore at Laurel Park.

  • Betting tips and analysis for today's race card at Laurel Park

    Betting tips and analysis for today's race card at Laurel Park

    Stan Salter's betting tips and analysis for Saturday's race card at Laurel Park: Race 1, 1:10 p.m. post time Selections: No. 9 Drive At Nite, No. 3 Fight for Freedom, * Drive At Nite had a bad post position for three straight races and didn’t run well at all, however. Trainer Damon Dilodovico gave...

  • Digest: Ben's Cat seeks to end slide Saturday in Laurel Dash

    Digest: Ben's Cat seeks to end slide Saturday in Laurel Dash

    Maryland-bred star Ben's Cat will look to avoid losing his fourth race in a row for the first time ever when he takes the gate in the $100,000 Laurel Dash as part of the 11-race Turf Festival program Saturday at Laurel Park. Ben's Cat is a two-time winner of the Laurel Dash, contested over 6 furlongs...

  • Traumatized veterans find relief on horseback

    Traumatized veterans find relief on horseback

    William Clevenger remembers clearly when he began to believe he could regain control over his life: It was the moment last year that he mastered the rising trot while riding a dappled gray Percheron named Dakota. In the decade since Clevenger returned to the U.S. from Iraq, where he served three...

  • Kent Baker, longtime Baltimore Sun sportswriter, dies

    Kent Baker, longtime Baltimore Sun sportswriter, dies

    Kent Baker, a former Baltimore Sun sports reporter whose byline was familiar to readers for more than four decades, died Sunday of lung cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 73. "Kent was a very personable guy and always a pleasure to work with," said Seymour Smith, a retired Sun sportswriter...

  • Arrogate sets track record to easily win the Travers Stakes

    Arrogate sets track record to easily win the Travers Stakes

    Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will never forget how crestfallen he felt when American Pharoah, his Triple Crown champion, worn by heavy travel and a demanding schedule, placed second to longshot Keen Ice in last year’s Travers Stakes.   “You could have poured me out of a shot glass,” Baffert...

  • Exaggerator to test Saratoga's reputation as the Graveyard of Champions

    Exaggerator to test Saratoga's reputation as the Graveyard of Champions

    Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert dismisses Saratoga Race Course’s reputation as the Graveyard of Champions, even after his American Pharoah joined the list of greats to lose here when he bowed in the Travers Stakes last August. “I think a lot of it is just myth,” Baffert said. Undaunted by last...

  • Digest: Toledo clinches Laurel Park summer meet riding title

    Digest: Toledo clinches Laurel Park summer meet riding title

    Jockey Jevian Toledo, Maryland's leading rider in 2015, closed Laurel Park's 24-day summer meet with a flourish to clinch his second career riding title on Sunday's closing day program. Toledo won 12 races over the final five live racing days, including a riding triple on both Saturday's Maryland...

  • Betting tips and analysis for Sunday's race card at Laurel Park

    Betting tips and analysis for Sunday's race card at Laurel Park

    Stan Salter's betting tips and analysis for Sunday's race card at Laurel Park: Race 1, 1:25 p.m. post time Selections: No. 5 La Bruna Forte, No. 6 Little Miss Lupe, No. 3 Alwaysacontest La Bruna Forte's drop today for strong connections should be good enough to win this race. Little Miss Lupe was...

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  • Songbird is a perfect 10 after romp at Saratoga

    Songbird is a perfect 10 after romp at Saratoga

    For the first start since he climbed aboard Songbird 10 races ago, jockey Mike Smith was worried as the 136th Alabama Stakes unfolded on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. His 3-year-old filly possesses such high cruising speed that she is accustomed to taking the early lead. But Luis Saez had gunned...

  • California Chrome blows away field in Pacific Classic

    California Chrome blows away field in Pacific Classic

    Goose bumps. They happen when sports fans witness greatness, and there was no mistaking what a crowd of 24,155 was feeling and seeing from start to finish during Saturday’s $1-million Pacific Classic at Del Mar. California Chrome, the world’s No. 1 money-winning thoroughbred,  burst out of the...

  • Analysis and betting tips for Saturday's race card at Laurel Park

    Analysis and betting tips for Saturday's race card at Laurel Park

    Stan Salter's betting tips and analysis for Saturday's race card at Laurel Park: Race 1, 1:25 p.m. post time Selections: No. 5 No Brakes, No. 6 Worthy Lion, No. 7 Turbin It appears that trainer Wayne Potts has the 11-year-old Maryland-bred No Brakes in top form right now, which was evident in his...

  • Pacific Classic could be one of the best races in years at Del Mar

    Pacific Classic could be one of the best races in years at Del Mar

    It might be won by a nose, a head or a neck. Perhaps a half-length. Maybe even like last year, it could be an 8¼-length blowout. Will it be one of the superstar headliners, California Chrome or Beholder? How about the dangerous Dortmund? Or can a precocious 3-year-old colt named Dalmore spoil...

  • Analysis and betting tips for Friday's race card at Laurel Park

    Analysis and betting tips for Friday's race card at Laurel Park

    Stan Salter's analysis and betting tips for Friday's race card at Laurel Park: Race 1, 3:40 p.m. post time Selections: No. 2 P T O’s Babe, No. 8 Not a Secret, No. 1 Wana B Wild The early Pick 5 starts here (Mandatory payout with a 12 percent takeout). P T O's Babe has speed and strong new connections....

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