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    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Ethereal Road, the horse that was scratched from the Kentucky Derby, opening up a spot for the eventual winner, 80-1 shot Rich Strike, will run in the Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, the Maryland Jockey Club said. The $100,000 race is restricted to to 3-year-olds that have never won an open stakes race. READ MORE: Author D. Watkins To Make Commencement Address At Johns Hopkins School Of Education Graduation“We’ll run him in the Sir Barton, maybe build his confidence, try to get a win,” trainer D. Wayne Lukas told the Maryland Jockey Club. “If he does really well in there, then we’ll jump into the Belmont Stakes. I think the Belmont would be a good fit.” After several horses withdrew from Derby consideration, the Quality Road colt entered the 20th and final spot in the Churchill Downs starting gate based on the points he had earned finishing second in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park and fourth in the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland. But Lukas decided to scratch him...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Un Ojo, the one-eyed 3-year-old gelding who was being considered for the Preakness Stakes, will miss the race due to the same foot injury that kept him out of the Kentucky Derby, the Maryland Jockey Club said. “This morning his foot was a little warm again,” trainer Ricky Courville told the Maryland Jockey Club on Monday. “The vets went over him, and he’s not 100 percent. I’m dealing with the same thing. I guess the work kind of re-aggravated it.” READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Afternoon Storms Trigger Alert DayCourville’s son, Clay, has been overseeing Un Ojo in Kentucky. He reported the horse looked good Sunday morning but was off during an afternoon check-up. “This morning it was the same,” the elder Courville said. Under the Derby’s points system, Un Ojo earned a spot in the 20-horse field after finishing second in the Grade 3 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct and winning the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park as a 75-1 shot. The New York-bred finished eighth in his only other prep race, the Grade 1 Arkansas...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Epicenter will head to Pimlico Race Course hoping to turn the tables on Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike in the Preakness Stakes, the Maryland Jockey Club said. And they will face an intriguing new runner in Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath, who will take on the boys in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, racing officials said. BREAKING NEWS: D. Wayne Lukas just informed the @PimlicoRC racing office that Kentucky Oaks winner, SECRET OATH, is confirmed for the @PreaknessStakes! #PreaknessStakes — 1/ST (@1ST_Racing) May 11, 2022 READ MORE: Port Of Baltimore Welcomes E-Commerce Focused ZIM Shipping LineWinchell Thoroughbreds, owners of the bay colt by Not This Time out of Silent Candy, confirmed the news Wednesday after a conversation with the horse’s trainer, Steve Asmussen. “Steve said he was really pleased with how he went back to the track this morning,” David Fiske, Winchell Thoroughbreds’ longtime bloodstock manager, told the Maryland Jockey Club. “He said he looked great. I mean, we were going. It was just that [Epicenter] needed to tell us that he wanted to...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Epicenter will head to Pimlico Race Course hoping to turn the tables on Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike in the Preakness Stakes, the Maryland Jockey Club said. Winchell Thoroughbreds, owners of the bay colt by Not This Time out of Silent Candy, confirmed the news Wednesday after a conversation with the horse’s trainer, Steve Asmussen. READ MORE: Lawmakers Secure $130K To Support STEM Opportunities For Maryland Students“Steve said he was really pleased with how he went back to the track this morning,” David Fiske, Winchell Thoroughbreds’ longtime bloodstock manager, told the Maryland Jockey Club. “He said he looked great. I mean, we were going. It was just that [Epicenter] needed to tell us that he wanted to go.” Asmussen confirmed Epicenter is looking strong. “I thought he took the Derby really well. He laid down like he normally does. He’s been nice and relaxed and traveled really good on the racetrack this morning,” he said. The betting favorite at 4-1, Epicenter was leading by a head at the top of the stretch and dueling with another favorite,...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Laurel Park will close Friday and Saturday for “track maintenance work” and reopen for live racing on Sunday, Jan. 16, the Maryland Jockey Club said. First post Sunday is at 12:10 p.m. READ MORE: Maryland Needs A Centralized Fraud Detection System, Franchot SaysLive racing was suspended in early December following a spate of horse fatalities on the track, which the Maryland Jockey Club renovated in the spring. In early December, state regulators questioned executives with Laurel Park after eight horses suffered injuries and had to be euthanized since early October. Due to additional track maintenance work, racing has been cancelled Friday, January 14 and Saturday, January 15. Live racing is set to resume Sunday, January 16. First post will be 12:10pm. #MarylandJockeyClub pic.twitter.com/oSYaUgASNp — Maryland Jockey Club (@LaurelPark) January 12, 2022 “In this particular circumstance, it was just unusual to get a half dozen horses in a very short period of time have injuries. That made us look at it rather quickly and try to figure out what was happening,” Mike Hopkins, Executive Director of the...
    LAUREL, Md. (WJZ) — Live racing at Laurel Park is cancelled Saturday and Sunday due to the inclement weather, the Maryland Jockey Club tweeted Friday. Snow blanketed the Baltimore-Washington region overnight, with accumulation between 3 to 6 inches, and there’s the potential for freezing rain to hit the area on Sunday. Racing was also canceled Thursday and Friday due to the frigid conditions. Live racing has been cancelled Saturday and Sunday at #LaurelPark due to inclement weather forecast for the weekend. Live racing is scheduled to resume Friday, Jan. 14. — Maryland Jockey Club (@LaurelPark) January 7, 2022 The Maryland Jockey Club said live racing is scheduled to return on Friday, Jan. 14.
    LAUREL, Md. (WJZ) — Racing at Laurel Park has been canceled between Dec. 3-5 so workers can examine a recently installed track surface that has caused a number equine injuries, the Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association said Thursday. The announcement comes one day after Thoroughbred Daily News reported seven horses have died on the track since Nov. 6. The latest occurred during the 8th race on Nov. 28 — according to the chart, 2-year-old gelding American Playboy was injured near the eighth pole and vanned off–leading to a reduction in the number of equines training on the track in recent days, the report said. READ MORE: Charging Documents Say Evelyn Player Died Defending Herself, Police Found Suspect Through DNA“While racing is suspended, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and the Maryland Jockey Club are working with industry experts to analyze surface composition and maintenance procedures directed at the safest possible racing surface,” the groups said. A new dirt track opened at Laurel Park in August after crews spent four months replacing the cushion, base and substructure of the...
    Medina Spirit and two other Bob Baffert-trained horses – Concert Tour and Beautiful Gift – completed the first round of testing ahead of the Preakness Stakes, the Maryland Jockey Club and 1/ST Racing said in a statement Thursday. The organizations said in a joint release three tests have been conducted on Baffert’s horses. The Maryland Racing Commission took two — on May 6 and May 10. The Maryland Jockey Club and 1/ST Racing took the third on May 11. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The May 6 samples were screened for prohibited and therapeutic substances and were reported to be all clear, the news release said. The results of the May 10 and May 11 samples are set to be revealed Friday. "1/ST RACING is committed to achieving the highest level of horse care and safety standards in Thoroughbred racing. We have been an industry leader in instituting processes and protocols that have led to nationwide medication reform and increased accountability and transparency," 1/ST Racing CEO Craig Fravel said in a statement. "While we acknowledge the challenging...
    John Velazquez aboard Medina Spirit at the 147th Kentucky Derby. Michael Clevenger-USA TODAY Sports Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit will be allowed to enter the Preakness Stakes competition with "rigorous conditions," the Maryland Jockey Club announced Tuesday. In a statement, the Club said that Maryland Racing Commission will administer and oversee additional testing for races where trainer Bob Baffert will have his horse compete.—Shawn Stepner (@StepnerWMAR) May 11, 2021  After the Kentucky Derby, Medina Spirit failed an anti-doping test in a post-race test. Baffert disputed the test and called on the Kentucky Derby not to bow to "cancel culture." The Maryland Jockey Club added that a series of additional pre- and post-race tests would take place for competitors, all reviewed by the MRC as well as two independent laboratories. This story is developing. Check back for updates.
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Despite a failed drug test after the Kentucky Derby, Medina Spirit will be able to run the Preakness in Baltimore Saturday. The Maryland Jockey Club said that Medina Spirit can run the 146th Preakness on May 15 with “rigorous conditions to entry along with a binding commitment from Bob Baffert to full transparency of medical and testing results that will allow for all results to be released to the public.” READ MORE: Police Searching For Missing Teen In Essex The decision comes days after Medina Spirit failed a drug test. He was positive for betamethasone, an allowable therapeutic. As a condition to enter, Baffert has provided the jockey club consent for rigorous testing and monitoring in addition to the tests run by state racing officials Two of Baffert’s other horses will race this weekend, Concert Tour in the Preakness and Beautiful Gift in the George E. Mitchell Black-Eyed Susan Stakes READ MORE: 3 Women, 1 Teen, Shot In West Baltimore On Monday if any of Baffert’s horse test positive for a banned substance or at a level...
    The Maryland Jockey Club on Tuesday announced that 10,000 fans will be allowed to watch the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore from the stands on May 15, after last year’s race was postponed to October because of the pandemic. “1/ST and the Maryland Jockey Club announced today that Preakness 146 will run with a socially distant, limited crowd of 10,000 in attendance when it returns as the second jewel of the Triple Crown Series on Saturday, May 15 to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland,” according to a statement. Preakness added that the decision to host fans for the race was made “in consultation with and approval of local and state health and government authorities.” A limited number of fans will also be allowed at Black-Eyed Susan Day on May 14, according to the statement. Spectators at the Preakness will be required to wear a mask and physically distance. In addition, entrants will be subject to a non-invasive thermal temperature scan, which will be expedited for fully vaccinated individuals. Hand sanitizing stations will also be accessible to guests throughout the facility....
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Some fans will be able to watch Preakness 146 as it returns to Pimlico this May. The Maryland Jockey Club announced Tuesday that a “socially distant, limited crowd” of 10,000 people will be allowed to join in on the festivities on Saturday, May 15 at Pimlico Race Course. READ MORE: Watch Live: Gov. Larry Hogan To Make More Vaccine-Related Announcements At 2:30 P.M. A limited set of tickets will go on sale on Monday, April 5. Tickets will be available for Preakness Day and Black-Eyed Susan Day at www.preakness.com, by emailing [email protected] or by calling the Preakness 146 Box Office toll-free at 1-877-206-8042, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET. To follow social distancing guidelines, the seating chart will be changed to reflect altered ticket options and viewing spots. People who already have tickets, opted to carry over their tickets from Preakness 145, will be able to relocate to the nearest equivalent spot for this year’s race starting on March 24. “We are thrilled to be able to welcome fans back to Pimlico Race Course...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Preakness is returning to its normal place in the Triple Crown lineup. The Maryland Jockey Club says the race will return to its traditional third Saturday in May. The 145th running of the race was moved to October 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and was the final race in the Triple Crown. The Maryland Jockey Club has not yet announced whether any fans will be allowed to watch the race in the stands this year.
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Two education groups and the Maryland Jockey Club were among the organizations that spent the most on lobbyists in Maryland in the most recent reporting period. The spending reported to the State Ethics Commission came at a time when lawmakers in the last legislative session approved a major education funding measure and a plan to rebuild the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Strong Schools Maryland spent about $559,600 between Nov. 1 and April 30. That was the highest amount spent on lobbying by one group. The Maryland State Education Association was second with $516,558. Johns Hopkins spent $481,756. The Maryland Jockey Club spent about $470,213. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
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