| Dec 18, 2011
King and Crusader made his first foray into his native state a winning one when he upset eight other Maryland-bred 2-year-olds in the $75,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship on Saturday's closing-day card at Laurel Park.
Rick Dutrow trains the son of Lion...
| Dec 31, 2011
| 12:43 PM
On the wall of Eddie Gaudet's office is a photo of him as a jockey sitting atop a winner in Florida in the 1950s. Tucked in among dozens of snapshots and 8-by-10s spread over three walls, is another from 1966 showing Gaudet as the winning trainer at Bowie...
| Oct 15, 2012
| 1:34 PM
More than $26 million — 7 percent of all revenue from slots in Maryland — has been pumped into racing purses at the state's tracks over the last two years.
As industry insiders work to figure out a long-range plan they believe will restore...
| Oct 27, 2012
| 4:51 PM
The 11-horse field in the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park was packed with strong sprinters from New York and New Jersey, but when the competitors in the six-furlong race reached the wire, it was Maryland-bred Action Andy, the...
| May 2, 2012
| 4:53 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — All along, Bob Baffert has said that he fought the urge. He didn’t allow even an idle moment to be filled with the blurry, soaring dreams that can be ignited by training a horse as promising as Bodemeister.
He insisted on...
| 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 5, 2012
| 7:27 PM
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...
| May 17, 2012
| 2:55 PM
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...
| May 15, 2012
| 2:51 PM
In another time, Maryland was a hotbed for horse racing, its history rich and its purses comparable to other states. It was a place where jockeys could make a career and not have to contemplate leaving for New York or California.
Since the late 1980s,...
| May 18, 2012
| 1:36 PM
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...
| May 18, 2012
| 4:14 PM
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,...
| May 18, 2012
| 3:55 PM
Jockey Mike Smith arrived full of confidence at Pimlico on Friday. And why not? He will ride Morning Line favorite Bodemeister out of the No. 7 gate in the Preakness.
"As we all know, so many things can happen in a race, but if given the opportunity,...