Maryland

Early Voting Gives Gun Runner First Classic Winner in Preakness

The story is a familiar one. Seth Klarman, Chad Brown and Jose Ortiz teaming up for a win with a lightly-raced colt in the second jewel of the Triple Crown. In 2017, the duo entered the Classic with a fresh horse, and played the spoiler when Cloud Computing (Maclean's Music) upended Classic Empire to take the GI Preakness S. Fast forward to 2022, history repeated itself with the same connections snagging Pimlico's marquee race with Early Voting (Gun Runner). The colt's victory also provided a well-deserved birthday gift for his...

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Asmussen Seeks Sixth Chick Lang Win

Steve Asmussen looks to take his sixth renewal of the GIII Chick Lang S.--and third straight--Saturday at Pimlico with Cogburn (Not This Time). Graduating at second asking at Churchill Downs in September, he kicked off his sophomore season on a winning note with a decisive optional claimer score at Oaklawn Mar. 25. He came up a neck short of re-opposing Whelen Springs (Street Sense) last time in that venue's Bachelor S. Apr. 30. That Arkansas-bred rival took five tries to break his maiden, finally doing so against other locals in...

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Pletcher Saddles Strong Pair in Pim Special

Todd Pletcher saddles a pair of strong contenders in Friday's GIII Pimlico Special S. in Vindictive (Uncle Mo) and Untreated (Nyquist). A two-time winner at Saratoga last year, the well-related Vindictive closed 2021 with a third in Aqueduct's Discovery S. Nov. 27. He kicked off this season with an optional claimer win at that venue Mar. 25. His stablemate Untreated captured an Aqueduct allowance in November and won a muddy optional claimer at that venue a month later. Sixth behind recent GII Alysheba S. romper Olympiad (Speightstown) in the GIII...

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Full-Brother to Gun Runner to Stand in Maryland

Fortune Ticket (Candy Ride {Arg}), a full -brother to top freshman sire and Horse of the Year Gun Runner, will stand his first season at stud in 2022 at Anchor & Hope Farm in Port Deposit, Maryland. The 4-year-old won two of seven starts with earnings over $53,000. Fortune Ticket will stand for just 2% of Gun Runner's $125,000 stud fee, $2,500 stands and nurses. "Fortune Ticket is an exciting prospect for the great state of Maryland. He is the only son of Candy Ride in Maryland and is a...

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Richard Golden Passes Away

Richard L. Golden, who led Northview Stallion Station for over three decades, died of natural causes in West Palm Beach, Florida, Sept. 18. He was 82. Born in the Bronx, N.Y., Golden made his fortune in the garment industry in New York before turning his attention to the Thoroughbred industry. He purchased an undeveloped property in Chesapeake City in 1986 and created Sycamore Hall Farm. In 2016, he was the breeder of three Maryland-bred champions--Giant Run, Greatbullsoffire and Top Striker--and in 2018 was named Maryland Breeder of the Year. Golden...

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Maryland Overnight Purses Increase

A 15% across-the-board increase for overnight purses in Maryland has been instituted for the rest of 2021 after a Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (MTHA) Board of Directors meeting June 29. The increase goes into effect at Pimlico July 2, the next date of live racing in the state. Overnight purse distribution levels will also be restored. First place will be 60% (an increase from 57%); second place is 20% (a decrease from 21%); third place is 10% (down from 11%); and fourth place will be 5% (down from 6%). Fifth...

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Rain Forces Pimlico to Cancel Friday Card

With persistent heavy rain falling and more in the forecast throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, Friday's live program at Pimlico was canceled after the second race. According to the National Weather Service, up to an inch of rain had fallen in the Baltimore area with another inch expected. The NWS also issued flood warnings for Central Baltimore County and Baltimore City. The national weekly Stronach 5 wager, which was scheduled to begin with Pimlico's eighth-race finale, was also canceled. Live action is scheduled to return to Pimlico with an eight-race program...

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No Detailed Update From Laurel on Massive Track Repair Project

Thursday's Maryland Racing Commission (MRC) meeting figured to provide an update on the massive main track base and cushion repair project that has kept Laurel Park dark since Apr. 10 and caused the entire backstretch community to relocate to either Pimlico Race Course, the Timonium fairgrounds, or private stabling. But beyond noting that all horses had been moved out of the Laurel backstretch as of May 26 and thanking horsemen for their cooperation, Sal Sinatra, the president of the Maryland Jockey Club (MJC), which owns Laurel and Pimlico, only reported...

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KY Shippers To Maryland Won't Face Return Restrictions

Kentucky-based horses that ship to Maryland for this week's GI Preakness S. and supporting races will no longer face health-related return restrictions when they try to re-enter the state, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced Monday. According to a press release issued by the agency, "Effective Monday, May 10, [the] Office of State Veterinarian rescinds restrictions on horses originating from both Pimlico and Laurel. All horses from these facilities that meet the standard health requirements for Kentucky tracks and training centers (including EHV1 vaccination, 72-hour Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, and...

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Tapeta Farm for Sale

Tapeta Farm, owned and operated by trainer Michael Dickinson, has been listed for sale by Goffs Property, part of the Goffs Group. The training center is situated on 196 acres at the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay on the Elk River, mid-way between New York City and Washington D.C. As a trainer, Dickinson is probably best known for winning the 1996 and 1998 Breeders' Cup Mile with Da Hoss. He also is responsible for developing the year-round Tapeta training surface. Tapeta Farm offers 30 acres of paddocks, including turnout paddocks...

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MATCH Series Set For Return

The Mid-Atlantic Championships Series (MATCH) returns May 14-15 at Pimlico Race Course after a one-year hiatus. This year's MATCH Series, to be run at racetracks in Maryland and Virginia only, will extend through Dec. 26, 2021. It will offer 24 stakes valued at $2.75 million and $282,000 in bonus money for owners and trainers. The first four stakes in the Series will be held Preakness weekend: GIII Allaie DuPont S., GIII Pimlico Special S., GIII Maryland Sprint H. and Skipat S. Please note that nominations for all the MATCH Series...

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Supplements Added to Fasig Midlantic 2YO Sale

Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 17 supplemental entries to its upcoming Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale. These newest entries are catalogued as hips 571-587, and may now be viewed online and in the equineline sales catalogue app. Printed versions will be available on the sales grounds at sale time. The supplemental entries represent stallions such as the red-hot Into Mischief, Street Sense, Flatter, More Than Ready, Unified and more. The Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be held May 17-18, with each session starting at 11 am. The sale's under tack show...

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