The Maryland State Fair, the only remaining state fair east of the Mississippi to continue to present thoroughbred horse racing, kicks off its ten (10) day meeting on Friday at the Timonium Fairgrounds. Nine races are on the program. Friday marks the first day of live racing in Maryland since the end of the Pimlico spring meet on June 8th.
Racing will be conducted Friday August 23 through through Monday September 2nd, except for Tuesday, August 27th will be a dark day. First race Post Time during the entire meet will be 1:05pm EDT. Admission to the track is included in admission to the fair.
The fair will have a series of concerts as follows…
Grammy nominated pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, will perform live on the race track infield on Sunday, August 25th. The “Call Me Maybe” girl will be joined by UK’s new boy band sensation The Wanted whose song “Glad You Came” brought them international acclaim.
On Sunday, September 1st the multi-platinum-selling and award-winning recording artist Three Days Grace will perform live on the race track infield. The band has been touring non-stop since the release of their #1 chart-debuting album “Transit of Venus.”
Concerts start at 7:30 p.m.
As far as horse racing at the fair, the Maryland Racing Commission approved to increase the number of racing days from 7 to 10. On the surface, this is great news for die-hard racing fans but made Maryland Racing Secretary Georganne Hale’s job more difficult. She must fill races for these 10 days. In the past, with only racing on two weekends, some horses could run twice during the meet. Now she has to find horsemen willing to run and ship into Timonium during the week. Let’s hope she can work her usual magic and produce races having quality (7-8 horse) fields.
This year horsing racing fans who find themselves at Timonium playing the ponies will certainly see runners from the top local conditioners like Hugh McMahon who shared the 2012 trainer title at “The Big T” with Jamie Ness. This year you may want to keep an eye out for horses saddled by Scott Lake who last year had 3 winners and a runner-up with just 4 starters, and relatively unknown to Maryland racing fans Corby Caiazzo had 2 winners and a third from 4 starters.
The leading jockey for the 2012 7-day Maryland State Fair meet was Travis Dunkelberger with 10 winners. He took the riding title by 3 victories over fellow journeyman Jonathan Joyce while longtime local jockey Alberto Delgado had 6 trips to the Winners Circle. Not sure we’ll see the ageless, 1982 Eclipse award-winning Delgado this year, as he’s been recently seen at Del Mar riding for west coast based trainer Art Sherman.
Dunkelberger, a mainstay atop the Charlestown jockey standings, will certainly make his presence known at the 2013 Maryland State Fair meet. Some new faces who may challenge him for the riding title in 2013 are apprentice Victor Carrasco who has been winning on 24% of his mounts this year, Chelsey Keiser who was leading apprentice at the Colonial Downs meet and 18-year-old Puerto Rican native apprentice Jevian Toledo. You heard it here first!
For each of the ten (10) live racing days a blog will be posted with selections for every race, including a BEST BET, Longshot and SHOW Parlay Play of the Day. Full-card simulcasting will be offered at Timonium only on live racing days. Admission to the racetrack is included with admission to the Fair. For more information, visit the Maryland State Fair.
End your Summer of 2013 on a high note and enjoy at least one of the ten greatest days of the Summer watching 9 exciting chase scenes at the Timonium Fairgrounds along with the Maryland State Fair. Good Luck