Laurel Park Opens Friday, Celebrates 100 years of racing

September 08, 2011 | Gary Quill

First things first. The jockey and trainer titles for the six day meeting at the Timonium Fairgrounds during the Maryland State Fair were decided on closing day. Apprentice jockey Sarah Rook, who was the talk of the racetrack over the final weekend of action, captured her first riding title with nine wins, edging last year’s champion J. D. Acosta, who had eight. Dane Kobiskie and Dale Capuano shared the trainer’s title after saddling four winners each. Kobiskie took the top share of Timonium’s $10,000 trainers’ bonus, outpointing all others in number of starters and in-the-money finishes.

 

Live racing in Maryland moves to Laurel Park on Friday. Opening day includes $2 food and drink specials and a BBQ on the apron. First post is 1:10 p.m.

 

 Laurel Park 100 years of racing

 

Throughout the 68-day fall meet, Laurel Park will celebrate 100 years of live racing. The central Maryland track first appeared on the racing scene October 2, 1911. The first promotion for the centennial will be on Saturday (Sept. 10th) when the first 3,000 fans receive a complimentary mug featuring historic Laurel Park headlines. The mug can be used for $2 draft beers on each Saturday during the meet.

 

Headlining the stand is the 26th running of the Jim McKay Maryland Million on Saturday, October 1 and after a one-year hiatus the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash on Ocober. 22nd. The official centennial celebration will take place Saturday, October 15th, in conjunction with a community festival. The week will include birthday promotions on each of the five live racing days that week.

 

Racing will take place four days a week in September (Wednesday through Saturday) and five days a week in October, November and December (Tuesday through Saturday, with Columbus holiday exception). The meet will conclude on December 17th.

 

For the Laurel Park Meet, Day 1 (Friday, September 9th)… 

note: Selections are based on a SLOPPY TRACK and OFF the TURF

 

1st race – $25,000 Claiming NW2L – One mile

#2 – Full of Virtue (5-1)

#4 – Gilhooly’s Super  (2-1)

#5 – Feisty Angelina (12-1)

 

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies and mares – 5½ furlongs

#7 – Found In Dark (6-1)

#4 – Waitinforasunnyday (20-1) 

#1 – Starring Sky  (7-5)   SCRATCHED

#6 – Kitty City (7-2)

 

3rd race – $10,000 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. fillies – 6 furlongs

#1 – Lebrons Lion (2-1)  SCRATCHED

#3 – Expectancy (5-2)

#9 – Touch With a Punch (10-1)

#1A – Cafe Komodo (2-1) 

 

4th race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies and mares – 7 furlongs

#1 – Dessert First (12-1)  $$$ LONGSHOT $$$

#8 – Come On Donna (4-1)

#9 – Summer Wind Haley (10-1)  SCRATCHED

#4 – Just Once (8-1)

 

5th race – $5,000 Start Allowance – One mile on Turf*

#10 – Queensameina (10-1)

#14 – Miss Rapture  (5-2)   SCRATCHED

 #2  Idle Hour (15-1)

 #7 – Star Money (5-1)

 

6th race – $50,000 Allowance Optional Claiming – 5½ furlongs

#5 – Half Blood Prince (6-1)  *** BEST BET ***

#2 – Threeandonedan  (10-1) 

#7 – Love Those Boots (5-2)

 

7th race –$30,000 Maiden Special Weight for fillies & mares – 6 furlongs

#5 – Peek of Heaven (8-1)  

#2 – Over The Moon (5-2)

#4 – Margaret Mary (8-5)

 

8th race – $29,000 Allowance – 1 1/16 mile on Turf**

#13 – Leather Gloves (6-1)

#4 – Thunder Ball (5-1) 

#6 – Favorite Hour (6-1)

 

9th race – $5,000 Claiming NW2X – 7 furlongs

#2 – Muscadine (8-1) 

#6 – Jazz Seeker (9-2)    

#9 – Rock N’ Bid (10-1)  SCRATCHED

#3 – Joel’s Touch (20-1)

 

* – Turf course condition may force race to be run on main track @ same distance

** – Turf course condition may force race to be run on main track @ 1 mile

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