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Great Seneca Goes for Four Straight in Horatius Stakes
                                 LAUREL, MD. 03-02-06---Undefeated sprinter Great Seneca can extend his winning streak
                                 to four when he heads a cast of seven 3-year-olds into the six furlong, $75,000 Horatius
                                 Stakes this Saturday at Laurel Park.

                                 Great Seneca is one of the final offspring of the prodigious Maryland sire Allen’s Prospect.
                                 He’s carried the colors of owner Carey Miller into the winner’s circle through his maiden
                                 win, an optional allowance score and a victory in the Dancing Count Stakes on January
Great Seneca seeks to extend     1st. Gary Capuano trains the dark brown gelding. Horacio Karamanos retains the mount on
his unbeaten streak to four in
Saturday's Horatius Stakes.
                                 the 8-5 morning line favorite, who worked three furlongs in a bullet :34.3 at Bowie on
(Photo by Jim McCue)             Wednesday morning.

Capuano said, “He’s doing pretty good. We’ve been waiting for a sprint stakes to run him in. He’s not quite ready to
stretch out, so the six furlong distance is perfect. We gave him a bit of a breather after his last start – primarily due to
shipping restrictions. He had a nice blow-out yesterday morning and he’s ready to go.”

Capuano’s older brother Dale trains Rainbow Inthestorm, who is listed as the second choice (5-2) on the morning line.
The son of Storm Boot has posted three consecutive wire-to-wire victories. Erick Rodriguez will be aboard.

Eagle Head (9-2) won his only start on February 8, leading all the way under Santos Chavez. Trainer Martin Venburg
nominated the son of Devon Lane to the Triple Crown.

Sprinkle Of Gold (9-2) has won three straight, including the restricted Norman Hall Stakes at Suffolk Downs in
November to end his 2-year-old season. Mario Pino has the mount for conditioner Michael Gorham.

Ah Day (8-1) was runner-up to Great Seneca in the Dancing Count and third his next time out. Ryan Fogelsonger will
ride for trainer King Leatherbury.

Completing the field are Old Midleton (15-1) and We Miss You Nicko (20-1).

Thirty-Four Horses Test Negative for EHV-1 in Laurel Park
Barn
LAUREL, MD. 03-02-06---The Maryland Department of Agriculture will lift the “General Animal Hold Order” on Barn 9
at Laurel Park Friday morning after 34 of the 36 horses in the barn tested negative for equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) on
blood sample and nasal swab tests. A filly stabled in the barn was euthanized January 26.

Rodney Jenkins, who conditions all the horses stabled in Barn 9, has elected to relocate the two horses which did not
clear the testing process in an isolated barn on the grandstand side of the Bowie Training Center, pending negative
test results. The remaining horses in the Jenkins barn will resume normal activities and are eligible to race
Wednesday, March 8.

Meanwhile at Pimlico Race Course, four of the six horses in the Detention Barn tested negative for the virus in both
blood samples and nasal swab tests and have been moved back to their original barns to resume normal activities.
The two which did not clear are not showing symptoms of EHV-1 but are prohibited from mixing with the general
horse population until they test negative.

Last month, the Department Of Agriculture lifted the Hold Orders on Barns 5, 6 and A at Pimlico while the Maryland
Jockey Club lifted its self-imposed quarantine, allowing horses from the legendary Baltimore track to compete at
Laurel. Three horses from three different Pimlico barns were euthanized in January. The last clinical case of the virus
at Pimlico happened January 19.

There have been no outbreaks at the Bowie where approximately 600 horses are stabled.

Equine herpesvirus causes upper respiratory infection and can also cause neurological disease. There is currently no
known method to reliably prevent the neurologic form of EHV-1 infection.

Napravnik Pads Lead Prior to 5-Day Suspension
                                   LAUREL, MD. 03-03-06---Laurel Park’s leading lady, Rosie Napravnik, garnered four wins
                                   from eight mounts on Friday, scoring aboard Bayatthemoon (1st), Do Your Dance (2nd), I.
                                   B. Stella (6th) and Rich Girl (8th). It was the fourth time this year she has scored four times
                                   on a card.

                                   Napravnik said, “It feels great to win four in one day. It just so happened that I had several
                                   good horses on the card.”

                                   The 18-year-old apprentice sits atop the standings with 58 wins, 25 clear of her nearest
                                   competitor, Erick Rodriguez, and ranks seventh nationally in victories. She has at least one
                                   victory in 29 of the 40 live days this year with 18 multiple win afternoons.

                                   That lead figures to shrink next week, as Napravnik will sit out five days which were
                                   handed down by the stewards this morning. The penalty dates to March 2, and was levied
Rosie Napravnik was all smiles     due to “riding in a careless manner in the second race.” Napravnik “allowed her mount,
following her fourth win of the    Valentino D’Oro, to drift in in the backstretch and, in so doing, forced Dublin Money to jostle
day.
(Photo by Jim McCue)               Demi Is Smooth,” resulting in Valentino D’Oro’s disqualification from first place to last.

Napravnik will ride the rest of this weekend but will not be competing between March 8-12. That cushion may look
comfortable – but it has been forged through hard work on Napravnik’s part. The bug-rider is averaging 7.8 mounts
per day over the last five race cards. This weekend the redhead is booked on 16 mounts, spread evenly between
Saturday and Sunday.

“It’s nice to have a big cushion in the standings because I’d like to be on top at the end of the meet.”

In Friday’s fourth race, jockey Luis Garcia rode the 500th winner of his career when Take a Check reached the wire
first. The 21-year-old ranks sixth in the colony with 23 first place finishes, trailing Napravnik, Rodriguez, Ryan
Fogelsonger, Mario Pino and Dyn Panell.

Pimlico Spring Stakes Schedule Worth Nearly $4.5 Million
                                   BALTIMORE 03-03-06---The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled the 2006 Pimlico spring
                                   stakes schedule after reaching agreements with both the Maryland Thoroughbred
                                   Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Horse Breeders Association.

                                   The headline event of the eight-week stand that begins Thursday, April 20 is the 131st
                                   running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes® (Grade I), the middle jewel of the famed
                                   Triple Crown, on May 20. The 31-day meeting at the historic Baltimore track will conclude
Pimlico's spring meet will break   Saturday, June 10, pending approval by the Maryland Racing Commission.
from the gate on Thursday, April
20th.                    The marquee meet of the Maryland racing season will feature 27 stakes races for purses
(Photo by Jim McCue)
                         of $4.455 million. Purses for thirteen races were increased from a year ago, while just one
was decreased. Fourteen of the added-money races, including all 10 of the graded stakes for the meet, are slated for
Preakness week, including nine on Preakness Day.
“Springtime in Maryland is always an exciting time,” said Lou Raffetto, Maryland Jockey Club President and Chief
Operating Officer. “We believe that it will be even more appealing this year as a result of the nature of the program
and increases in the stakes.”

The Grade I Pimlico Special tops the May 19 card that features four other stakes races. The Special’s $500,000 purse
helps make the day the third biggest on the Maryland racing calendar.

The opening Saturday of the spring stand (April 22) includes five six-figure stakes races and showcases Maryland-
bred and Maryland-sired horses. Purses for the three Maryland Million/Maryland-bred races are now $125,000, up
$25,000 from a year ago.

Other changes to the stakes schedule include:

•             Changed name of Pimlico Breeders’ Cup Distaff to Allaire duPont Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
•          Increased purses of five graded races including Black-Eyed Susan ($200,000 to $250,000), Dixie ($200,000
       to $250,000) and Adena Stallions’ Miss Preakness ($100,000 to $125,000). Pimlico has increased its share of the
       purses to both Allaire duPont Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Maryland Breeders’ Cup Sprint, from $100,000 to
       $125,000.
•         Added Baltimore Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint to Preakness undercard (formerly Ben Cohen Stakes). Purse
       doubled to $100,000.
•          Moved Woodlawn Stakes from Preakness day to Kentucky Derby day. Purse was dropped from $100,000 to
       $75,000.
•             Discontinued Deputed Testamony Stakes-opting for Shine Again Stakes for Maryland-bred fillies and mares.
•      Added Hoover Stakes to spring schedule (previously run during Laurel winter stand).
The Pimlico racing office expects to card 10 races a day on Thursday, Friday and Sunday and have an 11-race
program on Saturday. The May 19 and 20 cards will feature 13 races.

“The four day racing week will allow us to create a stronger racing program for our fans across the country,” added
Raffetto. “The increases in the stakes, particularly during Preakness week, will make it more desirable than ever for
horsemen to come to Pimlico to support the best racing Maryland has to offer.”

First post for 27 days of the meeting will be 1:10 p.m. with adjustments on Preakness (10:30 a.m.), Pimlico Special-
Black-Eyed Susan (12:15 p.m.), Kentucky Derby (12:45 p.m.) and Belmont Stakes (12:45 p.m.) days.

Date         Track   Stakes                                 Grade Conditions      Distance          Purse
    22-Apr Pimlico Jim McKay Breeders' Cup Handicap                3 & UP         1 1/8 mile           200,000
    22-Apr           Tesio                                         3 YO           1 1/8 mile           150,000
    22-Apr           Maryland Stallion Station                     3 YO           6 furlongs           125,000
    22-Apr           Country Life Farm                             3 YO Fillies   1 1/16 mile          125,000
    22-Apr           Northview Stallion Station                    F& M 3 & UP    1 1/8 mile           125,000
    23-Apr           Hoover                                        3 & UP         6 furlongs            75,000
    29-Apr           Henry Clark                                   3 & UP         1 mile (T)            85,000
    30-Apr           Xtra Heat                                     3 YO Fillies   5 furlongs            60,000
    6-May            Woodlawn                                      3 YO           1 1/16 mile (T)       75,000
13-May               Hilltop Breeders' Cup                         3 YO Fillies   1 1/16 mile (T)       85,000
19-May               Pimlico Special                        I      3 & UP         1 3/16 mile          500,000
19-May               Black-Eyed Susan                       II     3 YO Fillies   1 1/8 mile           250,000
19-May               Allaire duPont Breeders' Cup Distaff   III    F& M 3 & UP    1 1/16 mile          200,000
19-May               Adena Stallions' Miss Preakness        III    3 YO Fillies   6 furlongs           125,000
19-May               The Very One                                  F& M 3 & UP    5 furlongs (T)        75,000
20-May               Preakness                              I      3 YO           1 3/16 mile        1,000,000
20-May               Dixie                                  II     3 & UP         1 1/8 mile (T)       250,000
20-May             Maryland Breeders' Cup Sprint         III   3 & UP                    6 furlongs        200,000
20-May             William Donald Schaefer               III   3 & UP                    1 1/8 mile        100,000
20-May             Gallorette                            III   F&M 3 & UP                1 1/16 mile (T)   100,000
20-May             Hirsch Jacobs                         III   3 YO                      6 furlongs        100,000
20-May             Sir Barton                                  3 YO                      1 1/16 mile       100,000
20-May             Baltimore Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint         3 & UP                    5 furlongs (T)    100,000
20-May             Murmur Farm Starter                         3 & UP                    1 1/16 mile        50,000
27-May             Shine Again                                 F& M 3 & UP (MD-breds)    1 1/16 mile        50,000
   3-Jun           Pearl Necklace                              3 YO Fillies (MD-breds)   1 1/16 mile (T)    75,000
 10-Jun            Skipat                                      F& M 3 & UP               6 furlongs         75,000




Ah Day Catches Speedsters to Win Horatius Stakes
                                    LAUREL, MD. 03-04-06---The Jim Stable’s Ah Day ran down the speed in deep stretch to
                                    win today’s feature at Laurel Park, the $75,000 Horatius Stakes for 3-year-olds.

                                    The win gave legendary trainer King Leatherbury his 6,123 lifetime victory to add to his
                                    extensive resume. Earlier this year the 72-year old was nominated for the Racing Hall of
                                    Fame for the seventh consecutive year but the third leading conditioner of all-time was not
Ah Day (right) surges to victory    among the finalists announced earlier this week.
in the Horatius Stakes.
(Photo by Jim McCue)     Ah Day, a son of Malibu Moon, chased suicidal fractions set by favorites Rainbow
Inthestorm and Great Seneca before finding a narrow opening along the rail in deep stretch. He charged by the tired
speedsters and caught longshot Eagle Head going to the wire. Ah Day completed the six furlongs in 1:11.26 under
jockey Ryan Fogelsonger.

Fogelsonger said, “We knew there was plenty of speed in here and it worked out perfectly. This horse just tracked the
speed and caught them.”

Friday afternoon Leatherbury considered scratching his charge from this spot and entering the gelding in an
allowance test on the March 8 card, but he was talked out of it by his assistant Avon Thorpe and Fogelsonger.

“I was shooting to get third money, to be honest,” said Leatherbury. “We upset the field. Things happen like this and it
surprises you. It was a very pleasant surprise. Gary and Dale’s (Capuano) horses appeared to be the class and we
would have been satisfied to run behind them in third.”

“Avon told me yesterday King might scratch and run Wednesday,” added Fogelsonger. “I pleaded with him to talk to
him because there was so much speed in here. With all the pace you had to take a chance. We had a perfect trip and
got it done.”

Ah Day, who’s previous best was a runner-up finish in the Dancing Count Stakes, paid $24.40. Eagle Head finished
second and Great Seneca was third. The exacta paid $112.60 and the triple returned $357.



                  NAPRAVNIK WINS TWO & INCHES CLOSER TO MILLION DOLLAR MARK FOR YEAR

Rosie Napravnik continued her winning ways this afternoon riding two winners on the card. The 18-year-old leads the
Laurel Park winter standings with 60 victories, 26 more than Erick Rodriguez. The apprentice ranks seventh nationally
and her mounts have earned $979,450 for the year, 25th best in the country. She has at least one victory in 30 of the
41 live days this year with 19 multiple win afternoons.
                                    LIFE’S A BREEZE FOR STAKES WINNERS AT LAUREL

Sixty-four horses hit the Laurel Park track during training hours this morning. Among the workers were several
standouts.

Multiple stakes winner Abbondanza geared up with a bullet five furlongs in 1:00 flat. The move was a full second
faster than the next-best 5 panel move of the day. Trainer Tim Tullock may soon get a chance to run his 5-year-old on
the turf. If weather cooperates, Laurel Park will take entries for grass races to be run as early as March 22nd.

Undefeated 3-year-old filly Celestial Legend dashed through her five-furlong breeze in 1:01 flat. The daughter of City
Zip, a narrow winner of the Wide Country Stakes last-out, is hovering around 25-1 in the second pool of the Kentucky
Oaks Future Wager. While trainer Dale Capuano has not ruled out a trip to Louisville, it is likely that the sophomore
miss will instead grace the 82nd running of the Grade II Black-Eyed Susan, run on May 19th at Pimlico.

Laurel loving Your Bluffing posted a bullet half mile in: 48.20. The 6-year-old gelding, fresh off a 6-3/4-length romp in
the John Campbell Handicap is arguably the reigning king of the central Maryland track, boasting 13 wins from 18
local starts. Trainer Mike Trombetta’s other star, 3-year-old sensation, Sweetnorthernsaint remains on target for a
potential showdown with Achilles of Troy in the Gotham Stakes, run at Aqueduct on March 18th.

Magna 5™ Pays Nearly $1,000 to 568 Winners With More
Than $677,500 Wagered in the Pool
                               LAUREL, MD. 03-04-06---The Magna 5™, the popular $2 pick five wager on races at coast-to-
                               coast tracks for a $500,000 guaranteed pool, paid $930.60 to 568 winners Saturday. A total of
                               $677,580 was in the pool, the second largest in the three-year history of the wager. Only the
                               $701,105 bet on Feb 19, 2005 was greater. The winning payout was the third lowest in the 28-
                               week history as two of the top contenders for the Triple Crown earned stakes victories at short
                               prices.

                               A Firm Bridge ($11) took an allowance test at Laurel Park, Dynamite Lass ($14.60) got up in
                               the final few jumps to win the Grade III The Very One Handicap at Gulfstream Park, Brother
                               Derek ($3) was an impressive winner of the Grade II Santa Catalina Stakes at Santa Anita
Winning Magna 5 tickets paid   Park, Flyer Mine ($4.80) sprinted to victory off a long layoff at Golden Gate Fields and First
$930.60 on Saturday,
March 4th.                     Samurai ($3.40) was awarded the Grade II Fountain Of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream when
                               Corinthian was disqualified for interference down the stretch.

The wager begins each week at Laurel, through April 1. First post time is approximately 4:30 pm ET. In the span of an
hour, horseplayers are treated to exciting major league racing action every Saturday afternoon. Magna 5™ is offered
at participating racetracks, off-track betting centers and online or by phone with XpressBet.

Last year over 10 weeks, the pick-five wager drew an average pool of $567,934, with 4,821 winning tickets paying a
total of $679,240.80. In 2004, during a 12 week period, the pick-five wager drew an average pool of $545,275, with
1,091 winning tickets paying a total of $427,227.40.



DATE               AMOUNT WAGERED                     WINNING TICKETS               PAYOUT

Jan 28             $605,218                           69                         $6,792.20

Feb 4              $479,784                           57                         $6,842.00

Feb 11             $522,384                           14                         $29,104.20

Feb 18             $530,454                           114                         $3,629.40
Feb 25          $587,225                       41                          $11,171.60

Mar 4           $677,580                       568                          $930.60




Final Four Horses Test Negative for Equine Herpesvirus

LAUREL, MD. 03-08-06---The Maryland Department of Agriculture has lifted the "General Animal Hold Orders" on the
Detention Barn at Pimlico Race Course and an isolated barn at the Bowie Training Center after the final four horses in
those barns tested negative for equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) on nested PCR tests. The four are free to be moved back
to their original barns to resume normal activities.

"These negative tests bring this EHV-1 outbreak to official closure in Maryland as all hold orders have been lifted and
there are no reported neurologic signs of the virus anywhere in the state," said State Veterinarian Guy Hohenhaus.
"This is good news for all of Maryland's horse owners and related businesses. We thank all parties involved for their
patience and diligence in stopping the spread of the virus. While this event is now over, we remind all horse owners
that a robust vaccination program is important and to consult with their private veterinarian on which vaccines are
most appropriate for a particular horse and its activities."

EHV-1, which causes upper respiratory infection and can also cause neurological disease, hit Pimlico Race Course in
January as three different horses from three separate barns at the legendary Baltimore track were euthanized. The
Maryland Jockey Club placed Pimlico on quarantine for an 18-day period, restricting movement to and from the facility
for the 500 horses based there. Two horses still had not cleared the testing process as of last week and were
prohibited from mixing with the general horse population. After more than two months of quarantine and isolation, all
horses in the affected barns have tested negative.

At Laurel Park, where 900 horses are stabled, Barn 9 was on a Hold Order for more than a month after a filly was
euthanized January 26. Last Thursday, after five weeks of quarantine, 34 of the 36 horses based in the barn cleared
the testing process. Trainer Rodney Jenkins relocated the other two to the Bowie Training Center until they tested
negative. Negative results on those two were returned today.

There have been no outbreaks at Bowie where approximately 600 horses are stabled.

The virus caused Maryland Jockey Club officials to cancel three days of live racing and the 2006 runnings of the
Grade II Barbara Fritchie Breeders’ Cup Handicap and the Grade II General George Breeders’ Cup Handicap, the
marquee races of the Laurel Park winter meeting because of the situation in the state which has caused restrictions
on movement of horses into Maryland.

“It has been a two-month process, one in which we learned a great deal about this virus,” said Lou Raffetto, Maryland
Jockey Club President and Chief Operating Officer. “We hope this knowledge will help us in the future should they
occur. We are relieved to have the situation behind us. I would think this would act as a catalyst to open the borders of
the surrounding states but those decisions will have to be made by the veterinarian in those jurisdictions. There is a
great deal of uncertainty out there as it relates to the equine herpesvirus. The protocol about how to handle the virus
seems to change from year-to-year as more is learned and we hope our situation helps to improve the understanding
of EHV-1. Guy Hohenhaus and his staff have been outstanding. They have dealt with very tough questions in a
professional manner. I would have to give them a 10 on a scale of 1-10 for cooperation.”
Top Maryland Fillies and Mares Meet in Conniver Stakes
                                     LAUREL, MD. 03-09-06---After a six month layoff, Maryland’s Distaff Horse of the Year
                                     Silmaril had better have her running shoes on when she faces a very sharp Promenade
                                     Girl and six other Maryland-bred fillies and mares in Saturday’s $75,000 Conniver Stakes.
                                     The trainers of both favorites say their runners are doing “great”.

                                     The seven furlong Conniver has attracted six stakes winners. The most accomplished is
                                     Silmaril, who conquered national champion Ashado in last year’s Grade III Pimlico
Silmaril upset the heavily-favored   Breeders’ Cup Distaff and has six added money victories on her resume. Chris Grove is
Ashado in last year's Pimlico        bringing the five-year-old daughter of Diamond back to the races from his base at the
Breeders' Cup Distaff (Gr. III).     Bowie Training Center and will be giving a leg up to Ryan Fogelsonger, who has first call
(Photo by Jim McCue)
                                     whenever she races in Maryland.

Grove said, “She’s been training great. We’ve had her at the track since the first of the year. I was anxious to get her
back to the races. The Conniver might not be her best distance – but she’s won a stakes at 7 furlongs before. The
race versus Ashado took a lot out of her. She ran her eyeballs out. Following that, she made a big move in the
Delaware Handicap and ended up ninth. Maybe 1-1/4 miles was too far for her. After she threw in a clunker at
Monmouth, I decided to stop on her. There were no major Maryland-bred races on the horizon. We didn’t find
anything wrong with her. She was just tired out from a busy spring of racing.”

The tiger she must face in her comeback on Saturday is Promenade Girl, who has won five
of her past six starts, including three stakes – the Twixt, the Geisha and the Nellie Morse.
Her victory in the Nellie Morse in January was her last start and the accomplished middle
distance runner spent February delivering slow and steady workouts for trainer Larry
Murray.

“She’s doing great,” said Murray. “We had been pointing for the Fritchie (Grade II Barbara
Fritchie Breeders’ Cup Handicap) prior to that race’s cancellation. We’re looking forward to
                                                                                                 Promenade Girl has won five of
her race this Saturday. In the mornings, we never let her run. I know how fast she is – so       her past six starts.
she doesn’t have to prove anything to me. We start all her works at a two-minute-lick then
she picks it up with every pole, usually finishing her final 1/8 in 12 seconds and galloping out. She doesn’t require
hard training.”

Maryland Jockey Club handicapper Frank Carulli established Promenade Girl as the 9-5 morning line favorite with
Silmaril, the 2-1 second choice.

Other stakes winners jump off the program in this race. Magical Broad (5-1) took the Squan Song Stakes here in
December. Chrusciki (12-1) is here to defend her title from last year’s Conniver. Spirited Game (15-1) was victorious
in the 2004 Smart Halo at Pimlico. Grant’s Moon (20-1) won the 2005 Alma North at Timonium.

Not to be overlooked, Malibu Moonbeam (6-1) has rattled off three straight wins this year and Plata (8-1), who is four
for seven lifetime, ran second in last year’s Caesar’s Wish and is working forwardly to this start.
Maryland Million Set for October 14 at Laurel Park
                                   LAUREL, MD, 03-10-06---The nation's most imitated racing event, the pioneering Maryland
                                   Million, is scheduled for its 21st running on Saturday, October 14 at Laurel Park.
                                   Introduced in 1986, the Maryland Million, a program of races for the offspring of Maryland-
                                   based stallions only, has been duplicated by 20 other Thoroughbred states. The 12-race
                                   program features purses of $1.5 million, making it the second biggest day on the racing
                                   calendar, trailing only Preakness Day.

                                   Hall of Fame TV Broadcaster Jim McKay originally proposed the Maryland Million concept
                                   and remains Chairman of the Board. The 20th running of Maryland’s Day At The Races
Play Bingo is shown, winning the
2005 Maryland Million Classic.     was a record setter as wagering finished at nearly $7 million. The $5.1 million bet on the
(Photo by Jim McCue)               Laurel Park card was a record for Maryland Million races, one week after rain forced
                                   officials to postpone the event.

“We are looking forward to a great Maryland Million Day in the fall at Laurel,” said Maryland Million Executive Director
Cricket Goodall. “This year the weather will be our friend. We expect to see competitive races and an enthusiastic
crowd.”

The Maryland Million continues to receive strong support from Maryland's extensive Thoroughbred breeding industry,
which includes more than 200 farms. Maryland-sired Thoroughbreds are nominated before they become 2-year-olds
and remain eligible for life to run in the Maryland Million races.

Year      Date                 Site            Attendance     Handle

1986      October 18          Laurel Park      20,103          $2,655,485

1987      September 19 Pimlico                  20,669          $2,040,886

1988      September 18 Laurel Park              21,223          $2,079,017

1989      September 10 Pimlico                  22,820          $2,367,355

1990      September 9          Pimlico          22,108          $2,257,892

1991      September 8          Pimlico          23,254          $2,385,129

1992      September 26 Pimlico                  24,277          $2,797,102

1993      October 9           Laurel Park       24,304         $4,185,000

1994      October 1           Laurel Park       21,284         $5,001,898

1995      October 14           Laurel Park      19,238          $4,363,222

1996      October 12           Laurel Park      18,403          $4,584,209

1997      October 18           Laurel Park      20,025          $4,042,846

1998      October 17           Laurel Park      24,834          $5,285,000

1999      October 16           Laurel Park      24,097          $6,120,409

2000      October 21           Laurel Park      25,404          $5,610,314

2001      October 13           Pimlico          20,682          $5,982,679
2002    September 21     Pimlico         19,131           $5,395,867

2003    October 11       Laurel Park     21,108          $6,622,095

2004    October 9       Pimlico          19,495          $6,535,179

2005    October 15      Laurel Park      21,653          $6,969,809



       MALIBU MOONBEAM CONTINUES MIRACLE RUN IN CONNIVER STAKES

Malibu Moonbeam will enter the starting gate in Saturday’s Conniver Stakes as a
sentimental favorite – especially among her owners (Hargett Farms) and the keepers of
Country Life Farm, where she was bred.

Following the mare’s debut as a 3-year-old back in 2004, she suffered a fractured hind
cannon bone. The injury was so severe, her owners worried she would not survive.

Luckily for them, she did survive and luckily for Malibu Moonbeam, Jack and Eileen
                                                                                              Malibu Moonbeam seeks her
Ferguson gave her all the time she needed. The Fergusons and daughter Kathryn Size, the       fourth win of 2006 in Saturday's
horsemen’s bookkeeper in the Maryland Jockey Club’s racing office, bred the mare. Jack        Conniver, her stakes debut.
Ferguson was the trainer of record in the debut.                                              (Photo by Jim McCue)

Eileen Ferguson, Jack’s wife recounted, “The bone was broken so badly. Luckily Dr. Harmoning was able to stabilize
her with a special cast. We sent her up to New Bolton and she had three screws inserted in her leg.” Ferguson
credits Doctors Ross and Getman, who oversaw the operation at the Pennsylvania site, for saving the mare’s life and
allowed her to return home.

The Fergusons gave Malibu Moonbeam some time….and then more time. Nearly two years passed until she was
entered to race. All along they ordered test after test, monitoring nuclear scans to follow the cannon bone’s healing.

Her 5-year-old debut came on January 8th at Laurel Park. Someone should have warned the eight horses who lined
up against her – Malibu Moonbeam hadn’t forgotten how to run. The chestnut mare grabbed the bit and throttled her
competition, cruising to a 9-3/4 length victory under Jozbin Santana.

Ferguson noted, “She’s a real trooper. From day one she’s never ceased to amaze us. She just has so much
character and has brought us so much joy.”

Her next two starts were carbon copies of the first. She was never headed while easily annexing her first two
allowance conditions.

Now comes the day that every owner and breeder hopes for. Malibu Moonbeam will tackle her first stakes race. It’s
certainly a tall order when compared to maiden or allowance company. By virtue of the race conditions, it is restricted
to females horses and some of the best local distaffers have shown up, including multiple stakes winners Silmaril and
Promenade Girl. The daughter of Malibu Moon is the fourth choice in the morning line with odds of 6-1 in an eight-
horse field that features six added money winners.

Malibu Moonbeam will also be attempting to extend her undefeated streak to four. She brings a perfect 3-for-3 record
into the race – a feat which the Fergusons don’t take lightly. “We only had one other horse that won four in a row,
Eileen’s Countess,” said Ferguson.

Farm Manager, Josh Pons, of Country Life Farm is also keenly aware of the mare’s history and will be pulling for her
in the Conniver Stakes. “Malibu Moon moved to Kentucky in September 2003,” said Pons, “but we continue to track
and enjoy the efforts of his offspring. We still own 25% of him and he stands at Castleton Lyons Farm in Lexington (for
a fee of $30,000).”
Malibu Moonbeam is now trained by Thomas Mitchell at the Bowie Training Center.




Spirited Game Leads Throughout in Conniver Stakes
                                   LAUREL, MD. 03-11-06---Wirth Brothers’ Spirited Game sprinted to the lead and went
                                   unchallenged the rest of the way as she cruised to a 1-1/4 length victory in the $75,000
                                   Conniver Stakes for Maryland-bred fillies and mares.

                                   The five-year-old mare, sent to the post at 16-1 odds, carried jockey Jose Caraballo for
                                   trainer Dove Haughton. Haughton took over training duties on the daughter of Not For Love
                                   from Ron Cartwright who retired last December. Spirited Game is her first stakes winner.
                                   The horse took the 2004 Smart Halo Stakes at Pimlico while being conditioned by
                                   Cartwright.
Spirited Game upsets the
Conniver Stakes at odds of 16-1.
(Photo by Jim McCue)
                             Haughton said, “I’m stunned. I would like to thank the Wirth brothers for giving me such a
                             wonderful filly and Mr. Cartwright for recommending me for the job. She was a bit edgy the
first time I ran her so we just concentrated on trying to teach her to relax and save it for the end.”

Caraballo said, “I wasn’t planning to go to the front. I was just hoping to get position, but if I found myself on the lead I
would go for it. She was on top of her game and ready. I had something left in the stretch.”

Spirited Game paid $35 and topped a $325.60 exacta and $1,084.60 triple. She was timed in 1:23.76 for the seven
furlongs.

Plata took second and post time favorite Promenade Girl, who dropped back inexplicably to last midway through the
race, rallied to be third.

“Speed was really good today and I tried to put my horse a little closer and she didn’t like it,” said Erick Rodriguez,
who rode the favorite. “She closed very well and can beat these horses but she wants to go longer. ”

“I really like my horse today,” added Caraballo. “I had ridden her before and like the way she ran. Dove has done a
really nice job with her. I told Erick before the race, ‘not today’. Everything worked out
well.”

Six of the seven horses in the field had added money wins on their resumes, including
Silmaril and Promenade Girl, who combined for nine stakes victories.

Silmaril, who upset champion Ashado in the 2005 Pimlico Distaff (Grade II), was making
her first start since August. She was rated along the rail but tired and finished fifth.

“She definitely needed a race,” said Ryan Fogelsonger, who was aboard the Chris Grove
trainee. “She is a little better going long and could get 7/8ths against lesser quality. We
were in a good spot but she tired in the final few strides and gave up third spot.”

Houghton, a longtime assistant to top trainers Tony Dutrow and Carlos Garcia, saddled 14
winners a year ago, her first as a full time trainer and has visited the winners circle 11 Dove Houghton, trainer of
times from 30 starts at Laurel in 2006.                                                    Spirited Game, earned her
                                                                                           first career stakes victory.
“I worked for some great trainers,” added Houghton. “I learned a lot about how to get      Click to Zoom
horses ready to come over here and do their best from those guys. Mr. Cartwright and I     (Photo by Jim McCue)
were actually in the same barn together and I’d talk with him about the horses.”

Spirited Game is now five of 12 at Laurel with 11 in the money finishes.
Sentimental favorite Malibu Moonbeam, the likely pacesetter who reeled off three victories during the winter meeting
after a two-year layoff, was an early scratch with a sore right shoulder.




Magna 5™ Pays More Than $4,400 to 94 Winners
                               LAUREL, MD. 03-11-06---The Magna 5™, the popular $2 pick five wager on races at coast-to-
                               coast tracks for a $500,000 guaranteed pool, paid $4,410.80 to 94 winners Saturday. A total of
                               $531,567 was in the pool.

                               Delaware River ($20.80) got things started by dominating a claimer at Laurel Park, English
                               Channel ($5.60) defeated a talented field in the Canadian Turf Handicap at Gulfstream Park,
                               Sam’s Ace ($8) passed an optional allowance-claiming test at Santa Anita Park, Megabyte
                               ($7.40) was victorious in an optional allowance-claimer at Golden Gate Fields and Champ Safi
                               ($8.40) broke his maiden at Gulfstream.

                       The wager begins each week at Laurel, through April 1. First post time is approximately 4:30
Winning Magna 5 tickets paid
$4,410.80 on Saturday,
March 11th.
                       pm ET. In the span of an hour, horseplayers are treated to exciting major league racing action
                       every Saturday afternoon. Magna 5™ is offered at participating racetracks, off-track betting
centers and online or by phone with XpressBet.

Last year over 10 weeks, the pick-five wager drew an average pool of $567,934, with 4,821 winning tickets paying a
total of $679,240.80. In 2004, during a 12 week period, the pick-five wager drew an average pool of $545,275, with
1,091 winning tickets paying a total of $427,227.40.



DATE               AMOUNT WAGERED                    WINNING TICKETS               PAYOUT

Jan 28             $605,218                          69                         $6,792.20

Feb 4              $479,784                           57                        $6,842.00

Feb 11             $522,384                           14                        $29,104.20

Feb 18             $530,454                           114                       $3,629.40

Feb 25             $587,225                           41                        $11,171.60

Mar 4              $677,580                           568                       $930.60

Mar 11             $531,567                           94                        $4,410.80
Pino To Have Hernia Surgery This Week
                       LAUREL, MD. 03-12-06---Mario Pino, the winningest rider in the history of Maryland racing,
                       could miss four to six weeks after deciding to undergo hernia surgery. The procedure will take
                       place Wednesday. The 44-year old ranks 16th on the all-time wins list with 5,668 career
                       victories and has been the regular rider of Sweetnorthernsaint, the Laurel Park based colt on the
                       Triple Crown trail.

                       “I was trying to hold off having it but I had no choice because my doctor wanted to do it now,”
                       said Pino, who has two career Preakness mounts in his 27-year career. “It doesn’t bother me
                       while riding and the timing isn’t the greatest because I am riding some decent horses right
                       now.”
Mario Pino
(Photo by Jim McCue)
                        Pino has surpassed 200 wins 12 times and his mounts have earned more than $92 million. He
                        ranked in the top five of the Maryland standings every year from 1979 through 2003 and more
than 4,800 of his first place finishes have happened at Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park, Bowie Race Course or
Timonium.

“This set me back a little in the quest for 6,000 but I have been fortunate injury-wise,” added Pino, who ranks third in
the standings during the current winter meeting with 33 winners. “I’ll come back stronger and keep on going.”

The Laurel Park jockey colony has three other riders on the sidelines as Dyn Panell (fractured collarbone), Richard
Monterrey (separated shoulder) and Walter Cullum (broken neck) are also out with injuries. All are expected back for
the Pimlico spring meeting, which begins April 20.

                                       ‘Saint’ Heads North for Gotham Stakes

On Sunday morning, Michael Trombetta confirmed that his promising 3-year-old gelding, Sweetnorthernsaint, will
make his highly anticipated graded stakes debut in Aqueduct’s Gotham Stakes (Gr. III) on March 18th. The
Trombetta-trainee limbered up at Laurel on March 5th with a quick 6 furlong move in 1:12 flat.

The sophomore broke his maiden over the Aqueduct strip on January 7, the same afternoon that Achilles of Troy won
the Count Fleet Stakes. Those two will face off Saturday in New York’s most important winter prep of 2006.

Earlier this week, shipping restrictions were eased, allowing Maryland-based horses to enter New York races. The
decision was a relief for Trombetta. “It’s nice to get back to normal and be able to ship. He’s been training excellent.
The Gotham is the next logical spot for him to race and is part of our natural progression through the spring.”

Mario Pino, who rode Sweetnorthernsaint to a 10-length victory in Laurel’s Miracle Wood Stakes, will not be aboard
for the Gotham. The journeyman rider is due to undergo hernia surgery, which will keep him out of action for 4-6
weeks. Trombetta did not have a hard time finding a replacement rider for his gelding, who ranks in a tie for 10th on
Mike Watchmaker’s Daily Racing Form Derby Watch. Kent Desormeaux was selected for two primary reasons. “He’s
a hall of famer with significant Triple Crown experience,” said Trombetta. “We had our pick of many talented riders.”
Desormeaux is a two-time Derby-winning jockey. The 36-year-old scored aboard Real Quiet in 1998 and Fusaichi
Pegasus in 2000. Trombetta has yet to start a horse in the ‘Run for the Roses.’

Should Sweetnorthernsaint run well in the Gotham, he would join the upper echelon of Kentucky Derby contenders
that is lacking a clear leader on the East coast.
Your Bluffing Headlines Johnson Memorial Handicap
                           LAUREL, MD. 03-16-06---Trainer Michael Trombetta, who had his choice between two
                           stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday, announced this morning that stable star, Your Bluffing
                           will start in the $85,000 1-1/8 mile Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Handicap, Saturday’s 8th
                           race. His alternative, the $60,000 Northern Wolf Stakes, goes as the 10th race.

                           Though the Johnson Memorial offers a larger purse, $25,000 is earmarked for Maryland-
                           breds. Since Your Bluffing was bred in Kentucky, he’d be running for the winner’s share of
                           $60,000 in either race.

                           Trombetta explained what shaped his decision, “The money is the same, so that didn’t
                           enter the equation. He’s a versatile horse who would have no problem with either distance.
                           No disrespect to the horses in the (Johnson Memorial) – but the (Northern Wolf) looks to
Your Bluffing              have come up a bit tougher. That’s part of my job – to find the most favorable spots to run
(Photo by Jim McCue)       in.”

The 6-year-old has yet to find a worthy competitor at Laurel Park this season. On Saturday, he’ll seek his sixth
consecutive victory as the even money morning line favorite and shoot for his 14th Laurel Park victory. With Mario
Pino on the sidelines after hernia surgery, Horacio Karamanos picks up the mount. Karamanos is familiar with the
gelding, having won a pair of allowances when aboard the bay in October and November.

Trombetta’s camp has seen quite a bit of growth through a young 2006. His stable has doubled in size from 15 to 30.
Racing fans have been treated to eye-catching performances from Your Bluffing and Sweetnorthernsaint, the 3-year-
old upstart who seems to be popping up on everyone’s horses-to-watch list.

Your Bluffing, by today’s standards, has enjoyed a long and storied career. With 33 starts and 14 wins under his belt
with earnings of $371,045, the son of Pine Bluff has built himself a following among horsemen and racing fans while
earning the respect of bettors around the country. His latest success was a romping victory in the John Campbell last
month, the second stakes victory of the year.

In the opposing corner are seven competitors, including Water Cannon, the 4-1 second choice, who was second to
Your Bluffing in the John Campbell Handicap. The Maryland-bred gelding made a strong impression in his first start
for trainer Ferris Allen, who claimed the son of Waquoit out of his previous start for $32,000. The five-year-old won
three stakes in 2004 and participated in the Preakness Stakes®.

               ABBONDANZA HEADS FIELD OF NINE IN NORTHERN WOLF

Saturday’s supporting feature is the $60,000 Northern Wolf Stakes. The seven-furlong
dash, held for the first time, pits local sprinters like Abbondanza, Celtic Innis and Catlike
Move against a tough bunch of shippers, including Grade I winner Peeping Tom, stakes
winner Byanosejoe and the ever-consistent Bailero. The nine horses in the field have
earned a combined $3.1 million during their racing careers, topped by Peeping Tom, a 9-
year-old gelding with $1.4 million in the bank.

Trained by Tim Tullock, Abbondanza has been tabbed the 5-2 morning line choice. The 5-
year-old chestnut won the Fire Plug Stakes at Laurel on January 16th but finished a
disappointing fifth as the 3-2 favorite in a February 10th allowance.
                                                                                              Abbondanza and trainer,
“He really wasn’t ready for that race,” said Tullock. “It ended up being a public workout and Tim Tullock.
he’s had three great works, so he should be ready to go.”                                     (Photo by Jim McCue)

The son of Alphabet Soup has posted three bullet workouts since, all at Laurel Park. On March 11th, he breezed a
spirited six furlongs in 1:12.3. Regular rider, Enrique Jurado, has the mount once again.
Tullock is taking it one race at a time with Abbondanza and is entertaining the idea of trying the grass this summer.
“It’s very possible,” he said. “I know he’s effective going seven furlongs. He’s graded-stakes placed at that distance.
Maybe one mile on the grass is within his reach.”

The Northern Wolf kicks off the popular Magna 5™ wager. The $2 pick five wager on races at coast-to-coast tracks
for a $500,000 guaranteed pool begins each week at Laurel Park, through April 1. In the span of an hour,
horseplayers are treated to exciting major league racing action every Saturday afternoon. Magna 5™ is offered at
participating racetracks, off-track betting centers and online or by phone with XpressBet.


                                   LAUREL PARK TO SERVE AS NORTH AMERICAN HUB FOR
                                     SOUTH AMERICA'S THOROUGHBRED CHAMPIONSHIP

In-between the two stakes races, Laurel Park will serve as the North American hub for the premier championship
event for South American Thoroughbreds as the Group 1, $150,000 (U.S.) Gran Premio Latinoamericano will be
simulcast into North American from Uruguay's Maroñas National Racetrack. The race will be carded as Laurel’s 9th
Race.

                                   SHUMAN SADDLES THREE WINNERS ON THURSDAY CARD

Trainer Mark Shuman saddled three winners on Thursday’s nine-race card, visiting the winners’ circle with
Expressionism ($4.60-first), Running Edition ($10.60-fourth) and Game Jersey ($6.80-fifth).




Laurel Park Turf Season Starts Next Wednesday
                                   LAUREL, MD. 03-17-06---The color green was on the minds of Maryland Jockey Club
                                   officials today but the hue had nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day. This afternoon the
                                   Laurel Park racing office took entries for next Wednesday’s card that included the first turf
                                   race of the year. Twenty older horses have entered for an allowance test at one mile.
                                   Fourteen will be eligible to run.

                           “This is the first time we have ever run on the turf during this winter meet so I am ecstatic,”
Grass racing makes its return to
Laurel Park on March 22.   said Maryland Jockey Club Director of Racing/ Racing Secretary Georganne Hale.
(Photo by Jim McCue)       “Normally we wait until we return to Pimlico for the spring. Robbie Mitten (turf
                           superintendent) told me he is ready to roll. This will definitely give us a break in having to
hustle entries. Everybody loves the turf.”

Last fall the new, sweeping turf course, which was widened from 75 feet to 142 feet last summer, helped make the
track a top simulcast signal with an average of 11.2 starters per grass race. The statistics were impressive as 105-of-
134 races featured double digit fields, a 78% rate. Laurel Park's new turf course saw 29 full fields of 14 facing the
starter. Only 11 races featured fewer than eight starters and nine of those were seven horse fields. The average win
payoff was $14.45. Track records were set by the likes of Barbaro (1 1/16 mile in 1:40.17) and Battle Chant (1 1/8
mile in 1:46.00).

The turf accommodates six track configurations which are named All Along, Bowl Game, Kelso, Dahlia, Exceller and
Ft. Marcy, in honor of some of the great horses which have competed on the grass at Laurel Park.

Over the final four weeks of the current meeting Laurel will use the two inside courses: All Along and Bowl Game. The
final condition book calls for at least one turf test each day during the final 19 days of the stand. The last stakes race
of the winter meet is scheduled for the grass on April 15, with fillies and mares going one mile in the Dahlia Stakes.
                                  TEAM LAKE WINS THREE ON FRIDAY’S LAUREL PARK CARD

The powerful stable of trainer Scott Lake continued its winning ways Friday, capturing three of the eight races on the
Laurel Park program. Team Lake visited the winners’ circle with Aqua Pierra ($4.80-first), Distinct Vision ($3.60-fourth)
and Sharp As A Fox ($5.60-seventh). Lake, who had three three win days at Laurel during February, tops the winter
standings with 37 victories, 13 more than John Rigattieri.

                         SWEETNORTHERNSAINT AND CELESTIAL LEGEND INVADE THE BIG A

Sweetnorthensaint and Celestial Legend, the top three-year-olds based in Maryland, will both be in New York
tomorrow for their graded stakes debuts.

Trainer Michael Trombetta’s promising Sweetnorthernsaint will take on Keyed Entry, Achilles of Troy and eight other
sophomores in Aqueduct’s Gotham Stakes (GR III). The gelding broke his maiden over the Aqueduct strip on
January 7 then returned home to win the Miracle Wood Stakes by 10 lengths. Kent Desormeaux, who began his Hall
of Fame riding career in Maryland in the late 1980’s, has the mount.

Celestial Legend, a winner of all six starts, including four straight stakes wins at four different distances, will take on
seven rivals in the Grade III Cicada Stakes. Regular pilot Erick Rodriguez will ride for trainer Dale Capuano. It is the
first career mount at the Big A for the 26-year-old rider.

Both horses will van to Aqueduct from Laurel Park early Saturday morning.




Reckless Ways and Napravnik Win Johnson Handicap
                                  LAUREL, MD. 03-18-06---Lacey Gaudet’s Reckless Ways and apprentice sensation Rosie
                                  Napravnik won their first stakes race today, the $85,000 Harrison E. Johnson Handicap for
                                  3-year-olds and up at Laurel Park, the co-feature on the program.

                                  Napravnik, the leading rider at Laurel Park, rode three winners on the card. The eighteen-
                                  year-old jockey put Reckless Ways in perfect striking position, stalking the two pacesetters
                                  and after taking the lead, out-muscled post time favorite Your Bluffing to win by a neck in
Reckless Ways (right) and Rosie
Napravnik defeat the heavily      an exciting stretch drive to the finish line in 1:50.78 for the nine furlongs. Speed Whiz
favored Your Bluffing in the      finished third.
H. E. Johnson Memorial Hcp.
(Photo by Jim McCue)       Reckless Ways, a grey-roan son of Level Sands, is trained by Eddie Gaudet. The trainer
claimed the gelding three starts back for $18,000 and sent him out to two straight optional/allowance wins under
Napravnik. Today he paid $8.20.

Napravnik said, “He’s a special horse. I’m not sure just why. He just runs incredibly for me every time. This is the first
day I’ve ever used my whip on him. He’s won easy all three other times. The race set up well for him and he dug in at
the end, especially with that other horse bumping him. He just has a lot of heart.”

Gaudet said, “You look for horses you think you’re going to make a good living with. He looked sound and he was
lightly raced and I just thought he had some talent. He’s not out of all his conditions. I was very proud of both of
them.”

Your Bluffing, the 1-2 favorite, was looking for his sixth consecutive victory and third straight added money score.

“My horse was running behind the speed very nicely,” said Horacio Karamanos, who rode the runner-up. “When we
reached the quarter pole, he responded very well. In the last 1/8th mile, he started getting in and he stopped a little
bit. I don’t know what happened. He didn’t seem to try as hard today.”

Napravnik, who ranks seventh nationally with 68 victories, has 22 multiple win days during the current winter stand.
“I have been waiting for this moment and it didn’t disappoint,” added Napravnik. “I thought we were going to get beat
when I got bumped and so I was thinking ‘well, we can claim foul’ and then he just came on again and surprised me. I
rode him with all I had and he ran with absolutely everything he had.”

“This girl’s got magic,” said Gaudet. “She has good balance and she’s patient. She’s going to stay. She might be an
old lady rider. She’ll be at it a long time.”




P. Kerney Posts Upset in Northern Wolf Stakes
                                    LAUREL, MD. 03-18-06---Clark & Heyman’s P. Kerney charged to the lead in the $60,000
                                    Northern Wolf Stakes and stole the race, galloping to an impressive 5-1/4 length victory in
                                    the seven furlong test for 3-year-olds and up, the co-feature on Laurel Park’s Saturday
                                    card.

                                    P. Kerney, a $25,000 claim out of his last start by trainer Benny Feliciano, was dismissed
                                    at odds of 15-1. He carried jockey Abel Castellano Jr. to the wire the in 1:23.02.
P. Kerney charges under the wire
to take the Northern Wolf Stakes.   Abbondanza finished a game second and longshot Celtic Innis was third.
(Photo by Jim McCue)
                             Feliciano said, “I didn’t expect this at all. We stuck him in a lot of races and the races didn’t
go. I talked it over with Fred (Heyman) and we decided that he was training good and that we’d take a chance. I’m
very hard-headed when it comes to picking spots (to run in). We didn’t want to risk losing P. Kerney for a higher
claiming price. We actually had him ready to go in an allowance race about a month ago but had to scratch him after
he developed a quarter crack. After that we regrouped and picked this race. Seven furlongs seems like the perfect
distance for this horse. ”

Castellano said, “I went to the lead. I was supposed to play it by ear. The horse did everything like he was supposed
to do.”

Heyman said, “I give all the credit to Benny. We saw a lot of back class in the horse. We’re expecting big things from
him. He can move forward off this race. Seven furlongs is his best distance. Why not take a chance? It’s always good
to be in the winners’ circle whether you’re running in a $3,500 claiming race or a stakes. That’s what racing is all
about. There is no greater thrill than getting here. To take a horse, claim it and in the next start out get a stakes win is
amazing.”

Clark and Heyman have had success with sprinters in the past, owning Crossing Point, a winner of four stakes races
for Feliciano.

Magna 5™ Pays More Than $5,500 to 73 Winners

                               LAUREL, MD. 03-18-06---The Magna 5™, the popular $2 pick five wager on races at coast-to-
                               coast tracks for a $500,000 guaranteed pool, paid $5,522.40 to 73 winners Saturday. A total of
                               $516,857 was in the pool.

                               P. Kerney ($32.40) was the upset winner of the Northern Wolf Stakes at Laurel Park, Sabre
                               Baby ($3.40) took a claimer at Gulfstream Park, Agassi ($4.60) got up in the final jump for his
                               first career victory at Santa Anita Park, Miss Bordeaux ($6.60) broke her maiden at Golden
                               Gate Fields and Splendid Blended ($8) was splendid in capturing the Grade II Shirley Jones
                               Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Gulfstream.
Winning Magna 5 tickets paid
$5,522.40 on Saturday,         The wager begins each week at Laurel, through April 1. First post time is approximately 4:30
March 18th.
                               pm ET. In the span of an hour, horseplayers are treated to exciting major league racing action
every Saturday afternoon. Magna 5™ is offered at participating racetracks, off-track betting centers and online or by
phone with XpressBet.

Last year over 10 weeks, the pick-five wager drew an average pool of $567,934, with 4,821 winning tickets paying a
total of $679,240.80. In 2004, during a 12 week period, the pick-five wager drew an average pool of $545,275, with
1,091 winning tickets paying a total of $427,227.40.



DATE              AMOUNT WAGERED                    WINNING TICKETS                PAYOUT

Jan 28            $605,218                          69                           $6,792.20

Feb 4             $479,784                          57                           $6,842.00

Feb 11            $522,384                          14                           $29,104.20

Feb 18            $530,454                          114                           $3,629.40

Feb 25            $587,225                          41                            $11,171.60

Mar 4             $677,580                          568                           $930.60

Mar 11            $531,567                          94                            $4,410.80

Mar 18            $516,587                          73                             $5,522.40




Laurel Park Kicks Off Turf Season
                                 LAUREL, MD. 03-22-06---The temperature was in the 40’s but the
                                 course was green and ready as Laurel Park kicked off turf racing
                                 on the earliest date ever in Maryland. Runaway Chris won today’s
                                 eighth race, a one-mile optional allowance test for older horses.

                                 Laurel’s newly rebuilt grass course weathered a relatively mild
                                 mid-Atlantic winter and the course superintendent only recently
Horses break from the gate in
Wednesday's 8th event, marking   began a watering program to bring it back to life. The turf will be
the return of turf racing to     put to use daily, weather permitting, from now until the day before
Maryland.                        Easter, when the winter stand ends and live racing switches to
(Photo by Jim McCue)
                                 Pimlico four days later for the spring session.

Runaway Chris, under jockey Eric Camacho, came from off the pace and covered the mile
distance in 1:35.74. The course played fast as the leaders clicked off fractions of 22.82 for the
opening quarter and 1:09.88 for three-quarters of a mile.

“That was awesome,” said Camacho. “The turf course was in great shape-better than
expected. It was very giving and I was very happy with it. We sat behind the pace and I
couldn’t have had a better trip. We were on the rail and swung out at the top of the lane and
got to the wire first.”

Runaway Chris paid $13.60. The Runaway Groom gelding is trained by Ferris Allen. In four
previous grass starts, Runaway Chris had been third twice.

Last fall the sweeping turf course, which was widened from 75 feet to 142 feet last summer,
helped make the track a top simulcast signal with an average of 11.2 starters per grass race.
The statistics were impressive as 105-of-134 races featured double digit fields, a 78% rate.
Laurel Park's new turf course saw 29 full fields of 14 facing the starter. Only 11 races featured
fewer than eight starters and nine of those were seven horse fields.




Delp and Leatherbury to Start Favorites in Private Terms
Stakes
                             LAUREL, MD. 03-23-06---Turn back the clock thirty years, it’s déjà vu all over again.
                             Trainers King Leatherbury and Bud Delp will be saddling horses to watch in Saturday’s
                             feature race at Laurel Park, the $85,000 Private Terms Stakes for 3-year-olds. Eleven colts
                             or geldings will face the starter in the one-mile test which kicks off the popular Magna 5™
                             wager.

                             Leatherbury ranks third on the all-time list of winning trainers with 6,125 trips to the
                             winners’ circle during his forty-plus year career. Delp is the Hall of Fame trainer who
                             conditioned the spectacular Spectacular Bid and ranks ninth on the all-time win list with
                             3,653 career victories.

                             Delp will start the entry of Vegas Play and Tactical Brush (3-1), both owned by Harry and
                             Tom Meyerhoff, also of Spectacular Bid fame. The Meyerhoff pairing ran second and fourth
                             respectively in their last start, the one mile Miracle Wood Stakes.

Bud Delp trains Vegas Play   “I like my chances this weekend,” Delp said. “We have two live shots.”
and Tactical Brush.
(Photo by Jim McCue)         Vegas Play won the Maryland Juvenile Championship at this distance on New Years Eve
                             and has finished in the money six times in seven career starts. Luis Garcia is named to
Vegas Play.

“He’s a little better than Tactical Brush at this point,” said Delp of Vegas Play. “He ran second to Sweetnorthernsaint
in the Miracle Wood. That horse ended up running well in the Gotham and will probably run well in the Wood. I don’t
need to run into that type of horse every time. This horse is a solid three year old who will pick up a few checks in
stakes of this level.”

Tactical Brush won two races at Laurel during the 2005 fall meeting but has yet to hit the board in stakes company.
The grandson of Broad Brush finished 12th versus Barbaro in the Laurel Futurity then a distant fourth against
Sweetnorthernsaint in the Miracle wood, where he finished 3 ¾ lengths behind his stablemate. Enrique Jurado has
the mount on Tactical Brush.

“He’s doing fine and training well,” added Delp. “Enrique Jurado has been aboard for his last few breezes and he likes
the horse. He may not have agreed with the slop last time out. We’ve also done some gate work with him which has
seemed to put him in the right direction.”

Leatherbury, who made his name in the claiming ranks, will tighten the girth around Ah Day (4-1). The Malibu Moon
gelding won the Horatius Stakes in his most recent start. Ryan Fogelsonger, who was aboard for the victory, will ride.
“There was nowhere else to run him,” Leatherbury said. “Those (two-other-than)
allowance races won’t fill for 3-year-olds, so we’re just taking another shot. I always
thought he’d run well going long, even though he ran third in his only one mile
attempt.”

Another with stakes experience in Saturday’s feature is New York shipper Sunshine
Alpine, from the Gary Contessa barn, who was made the 5-2 morning line favorite by
Maryland Jockey Club handicapper Frank Carulli. A son of Gold Case, Sunshine Alpine       Ah Day seeks his second
finished eighth in the Grade III Gotham Stakes last Saturday at Aqueduct. Last month      consecutive stakes victory in
he placed in the Fred Capossela Stakes at the Big A. Horacio Karamanos has the            Saturday's Private Terms S.
assignment.                                                                               (Photo by Jim McCue)

“Nobody did any running in the Gotham,” said Contessa. “On paper, the race had a ton of speed. In typical fashion
every rider took a hold of his horse and there was only one smart guy in the room, the rider of Like Now. No one
chased him and he went wire to wire. The race took nothing out of Sunshine Alpine. I went over him top to bottom.
He’s ready to race again. The other morning he was up on his hind legs, screaming.”

Happy Surprise (5-1) comes in off an impressive maiden score at Laurel on March 9 for trainer Gary Capuano. Erick
Rodriguez will ride the Maryland-bred son of Crowd Pleaser.

Rounding out the field will be Honest Appeal (8-1), Mike’sgoodandtough (10-1), Now Batting (12-1), Colby Cat (15-1),
Our Peak (30-1) and Connecticat (30-1).

                                     TEAM LAKE CONTINUES WINNING WAYS

The red-hot barn of trainer Scott Lake was at it again Thursday at Laurel Park, visiting the winners’ circle three times
on the eight-race card, winning with Lucky Monkey ($3.40-first), Hot Prince ($11.60-third) and Crackling ($8.40-fifth).
The 40-year-old has five three-win afternoons during the winter stand and leads the trainer standings with 42 victories.

Jockey Steve Hamilton Retires
                           LAUREL, MD. 03-24-06---Ten months after riding in the Preakness Stakes®, jockey Steve
                           “Cowboy” Hamilton announced his retirement. The 32-year-old has not ridden since
                           Maryland Million Day, October 15, opting to take off the balance of 2005. After
                           contemplating a comeback, he decided to retire for the second time.

                            “Towards the end of last year I started getting heavy-something every rider goes through,”
                            said Hamilton, who rode 1,199 winners for $22.7 million. “It was a struggle to keep my
                            weight down and it just got too tough. I thought the best thing to do was to take the winter
Steve Hamilton and trainer,
King Leatherbury.
                            off and go from there. I was about 140 pounds when I started the process of getting it back
(Photo by Jim McCue)        down. It seemed to be coming off pretty easy and I got down to 122. I needed to lose
                            another nine pounds but stayed there for two or three weeks and just couldn’t get any
lighter. I have my wife and kids to think about and the best decision was to call it quits. I’d love to be out there but
once I realized this was going to be too tough I am okay with the decision.”

A top five rider in Maryland five times during the 1990’s, Hamilton was out of racing in 2001, 2002 and 2003 while
working on the oil fields in his native Oklahoma. He returned in January 2004, winning the Pimlico spring riding title
that year. Less than 18 months later was aboard Malibu Moonshine in the middle jewel of the famed Triple Crown last
May.

“A lot of people don’t get a second chance and I was very fortunate to be able to ride a lot of nice horses in a short
period time including Malibu Moonshine,” added Hamilton, who captured the Pimlico spring title in 2005 and finished
in the top five of the standings the last two years. “They were the two most rewarding years I had as a race rider.
Malibu Moonshine came into the race with an outside chance and he didn’t run that poorly, finishing eighth. The whole
Preakness experience was unbelievable. To get into the gate and hear the roar of the crowd was something I’ll never
forget.”
Hamilton will continue to gallop horses at Laurel Park in the morning for trainer Jimmy Murphy and is now employed in
the jocks room at the Maryland tracks.

“Cowboy’s biggest asset was his aggressive style of riding and he was one of the most athletic riders in the colony,
especially in sense of strength,” said track announcer Dave Rodman, who arrived in Maryland in March 1991, seven
months before Hamilton. “If he didn’t get run from the horse nobody could. He had a real love of the game. When he
retired the first time he also broke babies on an Oklahoma farm. He’ll be an asset to the jocks room. Our young riders
can learn from him, so it is good he’ll still be involved.”

Hamilton rode Mz. Zill Bear to three stakes victories in 1995, including the Maryland Million Ladies and was the
regular rider for turf star John’s Call and Thomas Jo, who won the Tesio Stakes and Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico in
1998. He earned his 1,000th career victory during the 2004 Colonial Downs stand.

Our Peak and Napravnik Surprise in Private Terms Stakes
                                      LAUREL, MD. 03-25-06---Twin Oaks Stable’s Our Peak, a 73-1 longshot with leading rider
                                      Rosie Napravnik working the reins, came charging down the middle of the racetrack to nip
                                      Ah Day in the shadow of the finish line and win the $85,000 Private Terms Stakes this
                                      afternoon at Laurel Park.

                                      Napravnik, the 18-year-old apprentice sensation, won her first stakes race just last
                                      weekend aboard Reckless Ways. Her star continues to ascend as she brought the son of
Our Peek and Rosie Napravnik          Peaks And Valleys home in 1:38.66 in the one mile Private Terms.
upset the Private Terms S. at 73-1.
Photo by Jim McCue)
                         Katy Voss trains Our Peak, a winner of just a maiden race and an allowance start, both at
nearby Charles Town. Today’s race was his stakes debut.

Our Peak lit up the parimutuel board with payoffs of $149.80, $48.20 and $13 across the board. He topped a $960.80
exacta with Ah Day and a $5,146.20 triple with Ah Day and Sunshine Alpine, who finished third.

Napravnik said, “He was in a pretty good position and I got to pick my spot behind the frontrunners. I thought he might
get tired because he was on his left-lead the entire time and was stretching out for the first time but when I tapped him
on the shoulder he woke up and I knew we had a chance. As soon as it was a maybe I thought we would definitely
win because he was running so hard. He didn’t look like a winner going into the race on paper but as soon as we had
a clear shot at the leader I knew we were going to get there.”

“There was always a question of whether he could go long,” said Ryan Fogelsonger, who rode the runner-up. “But he
liked the distance much better this time and kicked on when I asked. To get beat by a 70-1 shot is frustrating.”

“He ran great,” said Voss. “This was a tough race to try going long for the first time and he passed the test. I’m not
sure where we’ll run him next. The Tesio ($150,000 race at Pimlico on April 22) is a possibility if he comes out back
okay.”

Four of the last five years, the winner of this race ended up competing in the Preakness Stakes® that same spring:
Bay Eagle (2001), Magic Weisner (2002), Water Cannon (2004) and Malibu Moonshine (2005). Only two of the 11
runners in the field were nominated to the Triple Crown, including Our Peak.

Napravnik, who has 77 victories during the current meet, is one of three bug riders ranked in the top seven nationally
in victories. She plans on riding seven days a week during the spring, splitting her time between Pimlico and Delaware
Park. In 51 days this year she has won at least one race 39 times with 24 multiple winning afternoons for earnings of
$1,305,200. In the last six months of 2005, she won 71 races for purses of $1,310,705.
                                    LAKE CAPTURES THREE RACES ON SATURDAY CARD

For the second time this week the barn of trainer Scott Lake won three races at Laurel Park. The 40-year-old
conditioner scored with Pulpit Harbor ($3.80-third), Charming Jim ($3.40-eighth) and Neon Magic ($9.20-ninth).

It was the 13th multiple win day of the Laurel winter meeting for Lake, who regained the lead nationally from Steve
Asmussen Saturday with victories at Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park and Philadelphia Park this afternoon.

For the week at Laurel, the barn has nine first place finishes from 15 starters with 13 in the money finishes.




Magna 5™ Pays More Than $80,000 to Five Winners
                               LAUREL, MD. 03-25-06---The Magna 5™, the $2 pick five wager on races at coast-to-coast
                               tracks for a $500,000 guaranteed pool, paid $80,003.40 to five winners Saturday. A total of
                               $512,842 was in the pool. The final week of the popular wager is next Saturday, April 1.

                               Our Peak ($149.80) got things started with a major upset in the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel
                               Park, Enchanting Melody ($10.60) took a claimer at Gulfstream Park, No Greater Love ($6.60)
                               had an affection for the Santa Anita grass with an easy optional allowance score, Real
                               Temptation ($3.60) sprinted to victory at Golden Gate Fields and Nolimosforyou ($9.60) taxied
                               to the winners’ circle at Gulfstream.

Winning Magna 5 tickets paid   The wager begins each week at Laurel. In the span of an hour, horseplayers are treated to
$80,003.40 on Saturday,
March 25th.
                               exciting major league racing action every Saturday afternoon. Magna 5™ is offered at
                               participating racetracks, off-track betting centers and online or by phone with XpressBet.

Last year over 10 weeks, the pick-five wager drew an average pool of $567,934, with 4,821 winning tickets paying a
total of $679,240.80. In 2004, during a 12 week period, the pick-five wager drew an average pool of $545,275, with
1,091 winning tickets paying a total of $427,227.40.



DATE               AMOUNT WAGERED                    WINNING TICKETS               PAYOUT

Jan 28             $605,218                          69                         $6,792.20

Feb 4              $479,784                           57                        $6,842.00

Feb 11             $522,384                           14                         $29,104.20

Feb 18             $530,454                           114                        $3,629.40

Feb 25             $587,225                           41                         $11,171.60

Mar 4              $677,580                           568                        $930.60

Mar 11             $531,567                           94                         $4,410.80

Mar 18             $516,587                           73                         $5,522.40

Mar 25             $512,842                           5                          $80,003.40
Abel Castellano Moving Tack to South Florida
                           LAUREL, MD. 03-31-06---Abel Castellano, Jr., a regular in the Maryland jockey colony for
                           three years, will move his tack to South Florida next month in preparation for the Calder
                           Race Course meetings. The 22-year-old, who has 772 career victories, currently ranks
                           15th in the Laurel Park winter meeting standings.

                           “A couple of the top trainers, Eddie Plesa and Marty Wolfson, asked me to come down and
                           ride,” said Castellano, the younger brother of New York-based riding star Javier Castellano.
                           “I am happy to return to South Florida where I got my start but I’ll always have fond feelings
Abel Castellano, Jr.       for Maryland. I rode a lot of good horses and made many lifelong friends.”
(Photo by Jim McCue)
                          Castellano arrived in Maryland in the spring of 2003 and tied for the fifth spot in the state
standings. He took the 2003 Laurel Park fall meet riding title with 64 first place finishes, which included a career-best
five winners on October 18.

He ranked fourth in the Maryland standings in 2004, while leading all riders with 11 stakes victories, including the
Grade III Pimlico Distaff on Friel’s For Real. That year he won 201 races for a career-best $5.1 million.

Last year, the native of Maracaibo, Venezuela missed more than two months after breaking three bones in his back in
a spill at Laurel Park on April 3 and dropped to 11th in the local standings.

Castellano began his U.S. career in 2000 at Gulfstream Park as a 17-year old and has also ridden at Churchill Downs,
Fair Grounds, Keeneland, Oaklawn Park and Calder, competing against the top riders in the country. He rode his first
career winner at the age of 16 aboard Ser Samantha on September 22, 1999 at Santa Rita Race Course in his native
country.

Castellano will leave Laurel Park after Sunday’s card. He is scheduled to begin riding at Gulfstream Park on Saturday,
April 8. The Calder meet opens April 25.




Laurel Park Presents Two Stakes for Distaffers on
Saturday
                           LAUREL, MD. 03-30-06---Laurel Park will play host to two stakes on Saturday, the
                           $60,000 Snow Goose and the $75,000 Smart Halo. The one-mile Snow Goose is for older
                           fillies and mares. The six-furlong Smart Halo is open to 3-year-old fillies. Both races are on
                           the main track.

                           The Snow Goose has attracted ten runners, five of whom made their most recent start in
                           the Conniver Stakes. Promenade Girl, the program choice at 7-5, finished third as the
                           favorite in the Conniver and must do battle once again with Plata (who ran 2nd), Grant’s
Promenade Girl
(Photo by Jim McCue)       Moon (4th), Magical Broad (6th) and Chrusciki (7th).

Erick Rodriguez will ride Promenade Girl, who is six for ten with three stakes wins. Larry Murray trains the Carson City
4-year-old.

“Luckily she came back OK after the last race,” Murray said. “That could have been a disaster. She had to check big
time. She was placed well by Erick but I don’t think she’s quite comfortable between horses. I like the fact that she’s in
the 10-hole. I much prefer that to being in post number one. That outside post will give us some options.”
Magical Broad is one of three horses named to run in the Snow Goose by trainer Richard Small. His 5-2 entry
includes Take A Check (Rosie Napravnik) and Dynamic Deputy (Luis Garcia) as well as Magical Broad (Jozbin
Santana).

Small said, “All of my fillies are doing well. I look forward to running them on Saturday.”

Plata (7-2) has finished second in a pair of restricted added money races and has worked a pair of bullet works since
her runner-up finish in the Conniver. Ryan Fogelsonger will ride for trainer Katy Voss.

“She ran huge for us last time out,” said Voss. “She’s been doing great. We just hope for a clean trip and we’ll see
how she can handle Promenade Girl. For her to win a stakes would be a big deal. That would certainly increase her
value as a broodmare.”

The Smart Halo has drawn a field of nine 3-year-old fillies, all looking for their first stakes victory. The best added
money performances so far have come from Cantora (2nd in the Wide Country Stakes), Ten Halos (2nd in the
Colleen at Monmouth), Sea Pines (2nd in Toddler & 3rd in the Wide Country) and Dress Gray (4th in the Maryland
Juvenile Filly Championship).

Cantora (2-1) is trained by Scott Lake and will have Jose Caraballo in the irons. They teamed up for the second place
finish in the Wide Country. The Captain Bodgit filly is 1-1-2 in six starts.

Lake said, “She’s going tremendous. The owner/breeder is excited about running her. Cantora’s brother just won an
open allowance at Gulfstream so the whole family is performing well. I trained him and her two other sisters. I’m not
concerned about the turn-back in distance. She was sharp last time out and got a little tired going one mile. She
missed a little training before that race due to minor illness.”

Greg Wilson trains Sea Pines, the 5-2 second choice, who will have the services of leading rider Rosie Napravnik.

I like this spot,” said Wilson. “There’s a lot of speed we can lay off. Hopefully the speed will knock itself off on the front
end.”

The other runners are at the least maiden winners, while some have had entry-level allowance victories.

                              MAGNA 5™ WRAPS UP YEAR THREE THIS SATURDAY

Magna Entertainment Corp. will conclude its successful third season of the Magna 5™, a $2 pick five wager linking
races from four major racetracks in an hour. Over the first nine weeks, the pick-five wager has drawn an average pool
of $551,516, with 1,035 winning tickets paying a total of $148,406.60. The wager begins with an allowance test on the
Laurel Park turf course.

                                         LAUREL PARK POST TIME CHANGE

Beginning Sunday, April 2 first post at Laurel Park shifts from 12:35 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. The winter meeting ends
Saturday, April 15. The Pimlico spring stand begins five days later.
Clerk of Scales Campola Named Michigan Steward
                           LAUREL, MD. 03-31-06---Adam Campola, the Clerk of Scales at the major Maryland
                           tracks since 2000, has been named steward at Great Lakes Downs by the Michigan
                           Racing Commission. The six-month meeting opens May 6.

                           “I have had a few fill-in days here and at Colonial Downs but to get a shot at a full-time
                           position is a first step for the next chapter,” said Campola, who rode 450 winners as a
                           jockey during the 1980’s. “After I stopped riding I didn’t know what I was going to do. I
                           galloped horses and got a job on the parking lot then was lucky to land a position in the
                           jocks room. During that time I learned a tremendous amount from Clerk of Scales Danny
                           Wright (now a steward at Charles Town) and realized the officials’ side was a place where I
                           could have a future.”

                           “I think Adam will be an excellent steward,” said John Burke, one of the three Maryland
Adam Campola
                           Racing Commission stewards. “He is a level-headed guy with common sense. His
(Photo by Jim McCue)       experience working in the jocks room relates very well to his new position.”

“I was encouraged to take the leap by the stewards and went to school in Arizona,” added Campola. “They say the
easy part is passing the test-the hardest part is getting your first job because there are only three spots at each track.
I feel very fortunate to get this job.”

Maryland Jockey Club President and Chief Operating Officer Lou Raffetto has promoted Frank Saumell from Jockeys’
Room Manager to Clerk Of Scales. Steve Hamilton, who officially retired last week as a rider, will fill Saumell’s former
role.

“We are very happy Adam got this opportunity and know he will make us proud,” said Maryland Jockey Club Director
of Racing/Racing Secretary Georganne Hale. “We’ll certainly miss him but Frankie Saumell will do an excellent job.”

Campola will return to the Maryland Jockey Club from November through April, while Great Lakes is dark and will
work at Pimlico during Preakness week.

“I would like to thank Georganne Hale and Lou Raffetto for allowing me to pursue this opportunity and letting me
return,” added Campola. “It would have been really challenging to go someplace for six months then not have work for
half the year. I am pleased to be here Preakness week. There is a lot of build up to it and before you know it-it is over.
Then you look back to what you saw, who was there-the best trainers, riders and horses in the nation. I have seen
many great races here and that part I’ll miss.”

                                                          -MJC-

				
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