| 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,...
| May 19, 2012
| 7:11 PM
Varsity kicked off the 2012 Preakness with a win in a five-furlong run on Pimlico’s turf. He entered the race as the favorite at 7-5.
Agnostic, ridden by Maryland’s 2011 top jockey Sheldon Russell, finished second, while Night...
| 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 21, 2011
| 6:20 PM
In recent years, the Gaudet family watched a succession of their friends in the horse-racing business leave Maryland for the lure of larger fields and heftier purses in other states.
But Linda Gaudet, the Prince George's County-based co-owner of...
| 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...
| Apr 7, 2012
| 8:32 PM
Maryland's Done Talking, ridden by Sheldon Russell, burst through in a crowded field to win the $500,000 Grade III Illinois Derby on Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course.
Entering the far turn, 5-2 favorite Currency Swap began to move up taking over fifth...
| 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...
| Sep 30, 2011
| 3:08 PM
Eighttofasttocatch has gone from being an excitable horse to a well-mannered, explosive performer who is the morning line favorite for Saturday's Maryland Million Classic at Laurel Park.
The 5-year-old gelded son of Not For Love owes that in part to...
| Oct 1, 2011
| 5:00 PM
Eighttofasttocatch was just that Saturday at Laurel Park, as he ignored the rain, mud and closinghorses to win the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic and set off a joyous celebration in the winner's circle.
Owned by Arnold Heft and his wife Sylvia,...
| Oct 27, 2011
Rapid Redux, who has won 18 consecutive starts, can tie the all-time North American record of 19 straight victories held by Zenyatta and Peppers Pride with a victory today at Laurel Park.
The 5-year-old gelding will face four rivals in the sixth race, a...