Officials with the Maryland Jockey Club said they are working on new plans for the future of their three Maryland horse racing facilities: Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course and a training center in Bowie.
Terry West has been in various horse competitions for over 40 years, working as a jockey for 27 years before transitioning into hunter and jumper horse competitions. She is racing at least four horses Sunday in both competitions at Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show at Pimlico Race Course.
As California Chrome began his recovery from a foot injury that might have contributed to his flat performance in the Belmont Stakes, his co-owner, Steve Coburn, stood by harsh comments about owners and trainers who run fresh horses in the third leg of the Triple Crown.
Since legalized gambling began in Maryland, tens of billions of dollars have been wagered in the state's casinos — spinning off funds for schools, the horse racing industry and local programs that have financed everything from paving and police to iPads and small business loans.
With the short-lived nasal strip controversy resolved and wins in two Triple Crown races on his resume, California Chrome left Pimlico Race Course shortly after 6 a.m. on Tuesday for Elmont, N.Y., where his connections plan to run the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby champion in the Belmont Stakes on June 7.
California Chrome's trainer, Art Sherman, raised the rather startling possibility that his horse might not run in the Belmont Stakes because of New York rules barring a nasal adhesive strip the colt has used throughout his six-race winning streak.
A second deluge in little more than two weeks is forecast to soak the region Friday, making for a miserable Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico Race Course – though officials are confident in a fast track for a sunny and cool Preakness Stakes on Saturday.
The story has been told so many times it's taken on a life of its own: Black-eyed Susans don't bloom in time for the Preakness, so the winning horse is instead draped with a blanket of yellow daisies whose centers have been painted so they look like Maryland's state flower.
Ticket sales for the 139th Preakness Stakes on Saturday are running a couple percentage points ahead of last year, the fourth largest turnout in the history of the race, but the president of the Maryland Jockey Club sees the possibility of a record crowd.
If the horse racing world needed a little more evidence heading into Preakness week that the erstwhile "Sport of Kings" has turned a corner in Maryland, consider this scene on a misty Friday morning at the idyllic Fair Hill Training Center outside Elkton.
Julian Pimentel kept Ben's Cat under a snug hold until a furlong from home, then signaled for him to go and spurted away to win the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes, the first of three stakes races Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
While many local counties and cities have laws on the books requiring residents and business owners to shovel the sidewalks adjacent to their properties after any accumulation of snow or ice, not all do, records show.
Laurel Park is offering free admission to city of Laurel residents and military members as part of a combined celebration on Saturday Nov. 9. The day includes the running of the City of Laurel Stakes and a Salute the Troops celebration of U.S. military members.
A new incentive program aimed at revitalizing Maryland's sagging horse industry started Thursday with the opening of the Fall Meet at Laurel Park, offering expanded bonuses for Maryland-bred horses that win, place or show.
Jockey Ramon Dominguez has retired from horse racing after suffering a head injury at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York on Jan. 18, the 36-year-old announced through the New York Racing Association on Thursday morning.
The Maryland Racing Commission passed a revised incentive program Tuesday meant to persuade thoroughbred breeders to operate in the state and owners of those horses to run on its tracks, but might have shattered the harmony achieved among the sports' stakeholders in recent months.
A crowd of 117,203, the fourth largest in Preakness history, was on hand to see long-shot Oxbow's shocking win and heavy-favorite Orb's disappointing run. And the total handle for the day was a healthy $81,940,233, sixth largest in history.