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By Chris Korman | June 14, 2012
[UPDATE] Tom Chuckas, the president of the Maryland Jockey Club, said he "does not see the need to change" the way the Preakness field is selected. -------------- The path to the Kentucky Derby has changed. Since 1986, graded stakes earnings have been the key to any horse hoping to qualify for the field of 20 in Kentucky. But Churchill Downs, which owns and operates the race, has introduced a new method for ranking horses in an attempt to make the preliminary stages of the chase for the Triple Crown easier to understand.
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By James H. Jackson | July 31, 1992
LAUREL -- Pimlico Race Course will have six stakes races in addition to Maryland Million Day when it resumes live racing Sept. 10 through Oct. 7.Maryland Million Day, a day of stakes races, will be Sept. 26. The Queen Empress, a $50,000 one-mile turf test for 2-year-old fillies, will be run opening day, Sept. 10.Other stakes races will be the $100,000 Columbia, Sept. 12; the $50,000 Vanlandingham, Sept. 13; the $50,000 Damascus Handicap, Sept. 19; the $40,000 Clever Foot, Sept. 27; and the $40,000 Park Heights Handicap, Oct. 3.
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April 7, 2001
Multiple stakes winner Disco Rico heads a field of six today in the $75,000 Fire Plug Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. In the $75,000 Primonetta Stakes tomorrow, the field of six includes five fillies and mares who have won stakes in Maryland in the past year. Both races are six furlongs. Trained by Valora Testerman and ridden by Harry Vega, the Maryland-bred Disco Rico has finished in the money 11 times in 12 career starts, including four stakes victories. Three of his five opponents, Dr. Max, McKendree and In CC's Honor, also have won stakes races.
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By Bill Ordine and Bill Ordine,bill.ordine@baltsun.com | October 2, 2008
Five horses will vie for the $300,000 Maryland Million Classic, the featured race of the 12-race Maryland Million Day card Saturday at Laurel Park. In the post-position draw yesterday, the two favorites for the race, Cuba and Five Steps, drew side-by-side starting gates. Cuba, in the No. 2 position with Pedro Cotto aboard and trained by Robert Dibona, is the 6-5 favorite. Five Steps, with J.D. Acosta in the irons and trained by Chris Grove, is 7-5. The defending champion, Evil Storm at 6-1, is the No. 4 and will be ridden by Jeremy Rose.
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By Baltimoresun.com Staff | September 14, 2004
The Maryland Racing Commission today approved the Maryland Jockey Club's request to extend the Pimlico summer-fall race meeting as reconstruction of the Laurel Park racing surfaces has fallen behind schedule because of inclement weather this summer. The current stand was scheduled to end on Oct. 11 but now will tentatively conclude on Nov. 2. Two $50,000 stakes races were added at Old Hilltop: Sonny Hine Stakes (Oct. 16) and Japan Racing Association (Oct. 23), as well as a pair of $75,000 two-year old state-bred stakes (Heavenly Cause and Rollicking)
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Sun Staff report | February 23, 2012
Prominent Maryland horse owner and breeder Sondra Bender died Wednesday afternoon after a battle with uterine cancer. She was 78 A resident of Bethesda, Bender and her husband Howard owned Glade Valley Farm in Frederick. “I considered her the first lady of Maryland racing,” Larry Murray, who has trained for Bender since 1988 and is the farm manager at Glade Valley, said in a news release. “She enjoyed the game and was very classy. She took the bad just as well as the good.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | July 25, 2007
CAMBRIDGE -- The Maryland Racing Commission yesterday approved plans by the Maryland Jockey Club to cut 11 stakes races from its Laurel Park schedule this fall to make up a projected $3 million deficit in the horsemen's purse account. That cut alone will save $995,000. But Lou Raffetto, president and chief operating officer of the Jockey Club, said purses of three other stakes, including the Grade I Frank J. De Francis Dash, will each be reduced by $50,000. And every other race during the meet that runs from after Labor Day through the end of the year will be cut by $2,000.
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By Sports Digest | March 13, 2010
Sweet Goodbye (6-5), a winner of six stakes races, headlines a field of seven fillies and mares in today's $70,000 Conniver Stakes at Laurel Park. The rest of the field is All Giving (7-2), Heaven's Voice (5-1), Fascinatin' Rhythm (6-1), Sterling Vow (8-1), Lori Z's Punch (10-1) and Call of a Lion (20-1). NBA: Will Bynum had a career-best 20 assists, Jonas Jerebko scored 18 points, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Washington Wizards, 101-87. Andray Blatche had 23 points to lead the Wizards, who lost their sixth straight game.
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By Pete Bielski and Pete Bielski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 5, 2000
Two out-of-towners came to Laurel Park yesterday with the same idea. And they both succeeded. Not worried about entering unseasoned 2-year-olds into stakes races, Kentucky's Eddie Kenneally and New York's Steven Klesaris took the big prizes in Laurel's rare day of dual stakes races. Kenneally, the former private trainer for the late Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, took the $100,000 Selima Stakes for 2-year-old fillies with Haitian Vacation. It was the fourth lifetime start for Haitian Vacation, who entered with one victory on her record.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | November 23, 2006
A year ago, Barbaro came to Laurel Park for the Laurel Futurity on Frank De Francis Dash day and made such an impact that after the race his trainer, Michael Matz, said he would have to give the horse a try on dirt in Florida over the winter. From here, Barbaro, as most know, went on to win the Kentucky Derby. "He was a special horse," said Matz, who has five entries on Saturday's card, but none in either the Futurity or the De Francis Dash. "I wish I had a horse in every stakes. But that's the way it goes.
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