Picks and Plays for Saturday Stakes at Laurel Park

Late Night Pow Wow winning the Charles Town Oaks (gr. III) - Coady Photography The fields might be a bit on the small side, but four interesting stakes races are among the highlights of an action-packed day of racing scheduled for January 12th at Laurel Park. The card kicks off at 12:30 p.m. Eastern, with the first stakes race following an hour later. I’ve handicapped the four main attractions, and while finding value in small fields is challenging, [...]

Potential Derby Contenders Face Off on Stakes-Packed Day at Laurel Park

The last weekend of racing in 2018 offers somewhat slim pickings in terms of graded stakes races, but if you find non-graded stakes races appealing—and if they have large fields, who doesn’t?—there will be plenty of action to keep you entertained. The Saturday card at Laurel Park alone features six such races offering combined purse money of $550,000. Even better, they’re all scheduled to be run on the main track, so there’s no need to worry about wet weather causing [...]

Hawksmoor Among Big Names Entered Saturday at Laurel

Off Limits (right) edges Hawksmoor (left) in the Matriarch Stakes (gr. I) - © BENOIT PHOTO On a quiet Saturday with relatively few graded stakes races on the agenda, racing fans are advised to turn their attention to a quality card at Laurel Park that includes five stakes races. The day’s feature events are the $125,000 Federico Tesio Stakes and the $125,000 Weber City Miss Stakes, which serve as preps for the upcoming Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and [...]