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Digest: Vargas, Gonzalez claim Laurel winter-spring meet championships

Digest: Vargas, Gonzalez claim Laurel winter-spring meet championships

Journeyman jockey Jorge Vargas Jr., riding his first full meet in Maryland, and Claudio Gonzalez, the state's leading trainer in 2017, were crowned meet champions on the closing day of Laurel Park 's 60-day winter-spring stand Sunday. Thanks to a three-win afternoon Saturday, Vargas took a 49-46 advantage over 19-year-old apprentice Wes Hamilton into Sunday's card, where he had four mounts. He won with Prime Time Man ($4.40) in the second race, Mila Jane ($2.60) in the sixth and Snow Fighter ($5.40) in the seventh to finish with 52 wins and more than $1.7 million in purse earnings from 267 mounts. Hamilton, also competing against his...

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