The Maryland State Fair, the only remaining state fair east of the Mississippi to continue to present thoroughbred horse racing, kicks off it’s seven 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 Preakness on May 21.
Racing will be conducted over the next two weekends – Friday August 26 through Sunday August 28 and Friday September 2 through Monday September 5. Post Tme on Opening Day only will be noon due to Teen Star Selena Gomez’s concert which will take place on the tracks infield in the early evening. For the other 6 racing days, 1st race post will be at 1:00 pm. Historic Laurel Park follows on Sept. 9 and celebrates its’ 100th season.
Beside Selena Gomez, feature entertainers at the fair include country chart topper Blake Shelton (Saturday Sept. 3) and pop-rockers All Time Low (Sunday Sept. 4.) Concerts start at 7 p.m.
For the second consecutive, Dane Kobiskie and Scott Lake finished 1-2 in the 2010 Timonium Meet trainers standings. Kobiskie led 10 of his 22 runners to the Winners Circle during the meet while Scott Lake saddled 6 winners out of just 10 starters. Trainer Tim Tullock, Jr. was a perfect 3 for 3 at “The Big T” in 2010, good enough to claim 3rd place in the final standings.
Timonium will again offer a bonus of $10,000. Points are awarded for each starter and conferred on a sliding scale for 1-2-3 finishers.
In addition these three, this year you may want to keep an eye out for horses saddled by Ralph Comi and Ezequiel Rolon. As these two gentlemen went 2 for 2 here in 2010.
The leading jockey in 2010 was J.D. Acosta with 10 winners. He narrowly defeated Jenna Joubert (9), 2009 leading jockey Joshua Navarro (8) and Malcolm Franklin (7). Even when he didn’t win, J.D. was in the hunt getting his mount to finish “in the money” a staggering 66% of the time.
In 2011 look for Alberto Delgado, who turns 47 during this short meet, to get the mount on the bulk of Dane Kobiskie’s runners, which should give him a great chance to capture this years riding title.
For each of the seven (7) 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 2011 on a high note and enjoy at least one of the seven greatest days of the Summer watching 9 exciting chase scenes at the Timonium Fairgrounds along with the Maryland State Fair. Good Luck!