| Jan 1, 2013
| 9:02 PM
Jockey Rosie Napravnik (Hereford) closed out a career-best season Dec. 31, securing the highest spot ever for a female jockey on the North American leader board.
Finishing the year with $12,451,713 in purse earnings and 193 wins with 191 seconds and 167...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 6:11 PM
Minutes before Tuesday’s meeting of the Maryland Racing Commission, officials representing tracks and horsemen from throughout the state staked out space in a darkened lounge at Laurel Park. They shuffled through paperwork, then wrote quickly on the...
| Dec 26, 2012
| 11:09 AM
Laurel Park canceled live racing after the second race Wednesday due to inclement weather, the Maryland Jockey Club announced in a news release.
Laurel and Pimlico Race Course will remain open for simulcasting.
Live racing is scheduled to resume...
| Dec 14, 2012
| 5:24 PM
A 10-year deal signed Friday promises to stabilize Maryland's storied horse racing industry by encouraging capital improvements at Pimlico and Laurel Park and guaranteeing at least 100 live racing days each year, according to the state's track operators,...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 10:03 AM
Maryland's horse racing industry has faced a multitude of threats in recent decades — increased competition from other forms of gambling; massive subsidies to horsemen, breeders and tracks in other states; an aging fan base and a general decline...
| May 13, 2013
| 5:43 PM
Jerry Bailey can look back on a Hall of Fame jockey career that featured 5,892 victories but also the searing memory of 17 fractures, including a broken back, jaw and collarbone, and several busted ribs.
Yet Bailey considers himself lucky. He never...
| May 16, 2013
| 11:27 AM
The Kentucky Derby winner and oddsmakers' favorite for the Preakness Stakes isn't exactly a Maryland horse, but he's close — Orb is partially owned by a Baltimore County businessman, and his sire spent some time in Harford County. Attendance at...
| May 16, 2013
| 7:14 PM
In a pair of low-slung green stables manned by security guards and watched by 24-hour surveillance cameras, a pack of brawny young horses will be monitored, poked and assessed down to the blood in their veins.
The horses set to race in the 138th...
| May 13, 2013
| 6:09 AM
In the first week of her reporting internship for a horse-racing newspaper, Gabby Gaudet nervously approached one of the most celebrated figures in the sport. "Can you tell me how you first got involved in the game?" she asked Kelly Breen, who trained the...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 3:18 PM
"Gone Ridin' " reads the sign on Joe Aitcheson's door, beneath a wooden silhouette of a horse's head. "Be Back. Maybe."
It's an apt howdy-do from Aitcheson, 84, the winngingest steeplechase rider of all time. A member of the National Museum of Racing'...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 5:04 PM
When Heat Press last ran in Maryland, he finished third in a three-horse race.
Yet his owner — the same man who managed to turn the idea of quick-drying fabric into an athletic apparel empire that brought in nearly $2 billion in revenue last...
| Apr 8, 2013
| 7:19 PM
This spring's season at Pimlico includes attractions designed to renew long-fading interest in thoroughbred horse racing: live music, a wine festival, beer and bourbon tastings, tutorials on betting and special contests.
Get them to come once, the...