Making his second start in two weeks off a 10-month layoff, Maryland homebred Showalter swept to the lead at the top of the stretch and won Saturday's featured ninth race at Laurel Park by 4 3/4 lengths.
Jump Sucker Stable's Blacktype ran his winning streak to three races with a record-setting performance, settling early and finding room along the inside down the stretch to capture the $200,000 Commonwealth Turf Cup (Grade 2) on Saturday at Laurel Park.
Horse racing is a contact sport steeped in risk: men and women hunched on 1,000-pound animals thundering around tight turns at 50 miles an hour. Falls are inevitable; injuries, a given. But head trauma has long been shrugged off by the industry. Jockeys often ride out concussions rather than forego a paycheck. And track owners have largely ignored the more subtle but sinister injuries in a community they consider a transient hodgepodge of independent contractors.