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Digest (Aug. 16): Apprentice Urizar Velazquez rides to first win at Laurel Park

Digest (Aug. 16): Apprentice Urizar Velazquez rides to first win at Laurel Park

Brian McFarlane's 3-year-old gelding Free to Trump was a gate-to-wire winner of Thursday's fourth race to give apprentice jockey Urizar Velazquez his first career winner in his professional debut. Free to Trump ($11) broke from Post 5 in the field of seven and set fractions of 23.13, 46.48 and 58.48 seconds, completing 5½ furlongs in 1:04.77 over a fast main track to take the $18,000 maiden claiming event for 3-year-olds and up by 2 ¼ lengths. It was the first win from 16 career starts for Free to Trump, a son of Freedom Child based at Laurel with trainer Brandon McFarlane. Velazquez, who...

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