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  • Juvenile races at Laurel draw large fields

    Juvenile races at Laurel draw large fields
    Big fields are entered in stakes for 2-year olds Friday and Saturday at Laurel Park: the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship and the Maryland Juvenile Futurity. Thirteen fillies go in Friday's race and 12 colts and geldings are listed in Saturday's Futurity. Both races are 7 furlongs on the main track. The Juvenile Filly is headed by Miss Bullistic. She is 3-for-6 lifetime with two stakes victories, the Selima at Laurel and the Freyer at Parx Racing. The favorite is trained by Hamilton Smith and will be ridden by Jevian Toledo. Other contenders include maiden winner Miss Everything (4-1), stakes winner Pret Say Eye (5-1), maiden Candida H. (6-1) and four time winner Mo Bagels (6-1). Stonebriar is the 8-5 favorite in Saturday's Futurity. Although he is winless in five starts, the Tim Keefe trainee finished third in the Maryland Million Nursery and second in the Elsner Memorial Stakes at Parx. The Elsner Stakes earned him a Daily Racing Form comment of "gamely to the end." Sheldon Russell retains the mount. Others readying for the Futurity are maiden Ghost Bay (7-2) and maiden winners All I Karabout (6-1) and Takeachance On Me (10-1).
  • For jockeys, Preakness prep is a mix of study and superstition

    For jockeys, Preakness prep is a mix of study and superstition
    Maryland-based jockey Mario Pino says he once heard that the great race rider Laffit Pincay would wear his underwear inside out. For luck. Ramon Dominguez, Eclipse Award-winning jockey the last two years, likes to have Perrier water and animal crackers...

    Kentucky Derby notes: Bodemeister tires down the stretch

    Kentucky Derby notes: Bodemeister tires down the stretch
    What a scene it would have been. Bodemeister, the 4-1 morning line favorite, seemed to run effortlessly around most of track at Churchill Downs on Saturday, opening a lead of four lengths coming out of the final turn. He would have been trainer Bob...

    Finding success in silks at Preakness

    Finding success in silks at Preakness
    It's 10 in the morning and Tracy Campola has already been up for hours, putting the finishing touches on one of 14 racing silks that are due by the end of the week. The Arbutus resident is surprisingly calm, considering that she's up to her neck in orders...

    The next generation of horse racing stars is arriving now

    The next generation of horse racing stars is arriving now
    Horse racing's center stage, the place where the industry's best jockeys and trainers reside, is getting crowded. Ramon Dominguez, John Velazquez and current No. 1 jockey Javier Castellano may not be ready to exit stage left. Trainers Todd Pletcher,...