| 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 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...
| Feb 24, 2011
| 6:45 PM
The Cordish Cos. can resume work on what is expected to be the state's most lucrative slots parlor at Arundel Mills mall, after opponents withdrew a legal challenge that has delayed the project for several weeks.
Opponents said the developer's promises...
| 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...
| Dec 4, 2010
| 3:49 PM
Maryland's thoroughbred owners, trainers and breeders have long worried that their industry is on the brink of collapse, issuing dire warnings about the potential loss of the Preakness Stakes, the state's biggest annual entertainment and sporting event....
| Dec 6, 2010
| 6:54 PM
Although various players in the state's thoroughbred racing industry may disagree on how to sustain the sport, Gov. Martin O'Malley's office said Monday that everyone agreed on one thing: keeping the Preakness Stakes in Maryland.
| Dec 10, 2010
| 5:11 PM
The owners of Maryland's two major thoroughbred tracks proposed Friday to run 77 days of live racing next year at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course that would conclude after the Preakness Stakes in May.
Meanwhile, the tracks' minority owner, Penn...
| Dec 13, 2010
| 4:05 PM
Eminent domain, which gives government authority to forcibly purchase private property, is a last resort in countries that aren't run by juntas or Politburos.
It's potent and potentially abusive. It should be exercised only in matters of public...
| Dec 18, 2010
Hoff takes gold in 400 free at short-course championships
Katie Hoff, who spent most of her swimming career at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club while growing up in Towson, won the 400-meter freestyle at the short-course world championships in...
| Dec 20, 2010
| 5:39 PM
On the eve of the Maryland Racing Commission's last scheduled meeting of the year, the owners of the state's two major thoroughbred tracks and horse-racing industry representatives were trying to hammer out a last-minute deal to ensure live meets can be...
| Dec 21, 2010
| 6:21 PM
The future of live thoroughbred racing in Maryland — along with the Preakness Stakes —is in jeopardy once again after a state commission on Tuesday rejected a proposed racing schedule contingent on several conditions that horse owners and...