| Mar 12, 2013
| 11:05 AM
Last April, The New York Times reported on a startling spike in the deaths of horses running at the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens. The investigation found widespread use of drugs to prop up horses that were worn out, broken down or otherwise unfit for...
| Oct 13, 2012
| 11:00 PM
Apprentice rider Silvia Zapico broke five ribs and her right ankle in a Friday spill at Laurel Park, according to her agent, Kevin Witte.
The 27-year-old was injured when her mount, Smart N Smokin, ran into the rail, dumped the rider and then kicked...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 1:47 PM
After a vigorous discussion, the Maryland Racing Commission approved the first raise in 12 years for losing jockeys during Tuesday's regular monthly meeting at Laurel Park.
All losing riders -- those who finish out of the top 3 spots in a race -- will...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 6:58 AM
Haunted barn and hayride — Anne Arundel County Fair, Fri. and Sat., Oct. 26-27, 7-10 p.m.; and Sun., Oct. 28, 7-9 p.m., fairgrounds in Crownsville, 1450 General's Highway (Route 178). Kid's birthdays may be celebrated at Picnic Pavilion for cake and...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 2:07 PM
Maryland trainer Carlos Garcia said it takes a little patience to coax success from an inexpensive race horse. He might have added love and peppermints, too, because that is what the 62-year-old gives his Laurel Park-based horses, and it has paid off...
| May 4, 2012
| 5:58 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The red-headed girl who shocked Maryland horse racing with her daring debut in 2005 was coronated as an elite jockey Friday at Churchill Downs.
Rosie Napravnik won the Kentucky Oaks on Believe You Can. She is the first woman to...
| May 4, 2012
| 4:42 PM
On a cool Saturday morning, Hamilton A. Smith — the programs call him that, but most every acquaintance calls him Ham or Hammy — is doing his best to do as he always has.
He moves around his barn at Laurel Park, working his staff. His rapid-...
| May 20, 2012
| 3:52 PM
At first glance, Pimlico Race Course's infield didn't look quite as trash-filled as Yolanda Wade is used to seeing it the Sunday morning after the Preakness, despite record crowds this year.
It was an illusion. With more tents than in previous years,...
| May 7, 2012
| 5:27 PM
As Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another vanned out of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport with a police escort Monday afternoon, he was greeted by local horse fans trying to make him feel instantly at home.
| May 18, 2012
| 3:55 PM
Jockey Mike Smith arrived full of confidence at Pimlico on Friday. And why not? He will ride Morning Line favorite Bodemeister out of the No. 7 gate in the Preakness.
"As we all know, so many things can happen in a race, but if given the opportunity,...
| May 3, 2012
| 1:43 PM
Hansen does not need to try to be noticed.
The nearly all-white colt always stands out among his peers.
Yet on Thursday morning, the Breeders' Cup juvenile champion did all he could to draw the attention of a robust crowd on his first day this week at...
| May 10, 2011
| 6:24 PM
Selling racegoers on the Preakness Stakes has been a tricky balancing act in the past few years.
The Maryland Jockey Club struck out in 2009 when it ended the bring-your-own-beer policy in the infield, driving away thousands of young people. It won...