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Horse Racing Returns to (Timonium) Maryland on Friday as State Fair Opens

Posted on 20 August 2013 by Gary Quill

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

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Laurel Park opens Wednesday with FREE Admission and Live Racing Program

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Laurel Park opens Wednesday with FREE Admission and Live Racing Program

Posted on 04 September 2012 by Gary Quill

Remnants of Hurricane Isaac streaked across the Timonium Fair Grounds just before call to the post for the final race of the meeting Monday afternoon, necessitating officials to cancel the race and end the program.

The 2012 meeting ended with a tie for training honors between Jamie Ness and Hugh McMahon. Both saddled five winners over the seven days of the stand. McMahon won a trainer’s bonus of $4,000 with points based on 1-2-3 finishers and number of starters. Ness ($3,000) finished second in the chase for the trainer’s bonus, while Charles Frock ($2,000) took third and Dale Capuano ($1,000) was fourth.

Travis Dunkelberger led the jockey standings with ten (10) winners, three more than Jonathan Joyce.

The 17-week (69 racing days) Laurel Park fall meeting begins Wednesday afternoon with a nine-race card, headlined by the $100,000 Jameela Stakes for Maryland-bred fillies and mares. The 6-furlong test, scheduled for the turf, drew a full field of 11 plus an also-eligible runner. First post is 1:10 p.m.

Opening day features free admission, a complimentary live program and $2 draft beers. Laurel will make extensive use of its turf course during the fall and plans to revive its 50-cent Jackpot Pick 5, which did well during a trial run this spring at Pimlico. Thanks to an influx of revenue from slot machines in Maryland, Laurel’s overnight purses will now average $240,000, up from $185,000 last year.

Recapping Closing Day (Monday 3rd) selections at the Maryland State Fair (Timonium) Meet had 7 winners (5 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $21.20 (1st race), $4.00 (2nd), $4.00 (3rd), $5.00 (4th), $11.60 (6th), $5.00 (7th) and $5.20 (8th).

The Best Bet was sent off the 3-2 2nd betting choice, quickly sprinted out to a clear lead and then coasted home to a 4 length victory returning $5.00 to WIN, $2.40 to PLACE and $2.20 to SHOW.
Best Bet pick scorecard from 6 Timonium selections: 3 WIN – 1 PLACE – 1 SHOW.

The Longshot Pick went off 6-1 and was never able to get involved with the early leaders, and simply chased his rivals in the 4 furlong dash to finish 4th.
Longshot pick scorecard from 6 Timonium selections: 1 WIN – 1 PLACE – 1 SHOW

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day #4 – Grandanna who also happened to be the BEST BET of the day won with authority but unfortunately a couple scratches cut the field down to 6, and with the 1-1 favorite running 2nd, the SHOW price payout was short ($2.20). So having $74 invested in the SHOW Parlay wager, the 10% ROI netted $7.40, increasing the final bankroll to $82.30 from the initial $40 investment over 6 days of racing (as one card was cancelled after the 3rd race).

Throughout the Laurel Park Fall Meet, I’ll post full card selections only for Saturday race days. But one cannot resist capping an Opening Day card… even though the weather forecast may cause havoc with those races scheduled to be run on the turf. Selections for the Opening Day at Laurel Park, Wednesday, Sept. 5th posted below and on e-ponies.com are AFTER SCRATCHES were announced.

1st race – $8,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#4 – Black Seal (5-2)
#7 – Yield At The Bull (8-1)
#6 – Joribe (8-5)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles
#1 – Poni Colada (7-5)
#4 – Blue Code (3-1)
#7 – Lusterdust (8-1)

3rd race – $5,000 Starter Allowance for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles on TURF
#13 (AE) – Sacred Soul **** SCRATCHED *****
#5 – Pick Four (3-1)
#8– Unbridled Music (15-1)

4th race – $15,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. and up – 1 mile
#8 – Straight Talk (2-1)
#4 – Black Bullet (7-2)
#2 – Furman Bisher (15-1)

5th race – $40,000 Allowance N1X for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles on TURF
#8 – Change Of Command (9-5)
#3 – Saintly Love (6-1)
#7 – Colonel Bill (3-1)

6th race – $7,500 Claiming NW3L for 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#6 – Threeanddonedan (12-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PLAY $$$
#2 – Mr. Time To Go (4-1)
#5 – Billy Chapel (7-2)

7th race – $38,000 Maidens for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles on TURF
#10 – Warrant (2-1) $$$ BEST BET $$$
#2 – Backdoor Strike (12-1)
#3 – No Delay (15-1)

8th race – $100,000 Jameela Stakes for MD bred fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 6f
#1 – Jazzy Idea (2-1)
#4 – Carol’s Love (8-1)
#11 – Bold Affair (5-2)

9th race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#1 – Be Bop a Lula (5-2)
#9 – Rockfast (10-1)
#6 – Turnagain Bay (15-1)

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