Racing returned to Maryland with perhaps something less than a bang at Timonium this weekend: 4-5 favorite Athabaskan Hero won the first race back in Maryland since June 7, a $5,000 maiden claimer for three-year-olds and up going four furlongs.  Running time was a modest 48 seconds flat.

The numbers generally were down a bit from 2013, but plenty of folks were happy to see racing return to the Free State.

Herewith, the weekend wrap:

By the numbers

  • Average daily attendance – 1,877 (down about 10 percent from 2,083 a year ago).
  • Average on-track handle – $101,968 (down 11 percent from last year)
  • Daily average total handle – $359,555 (down 11 percent)
  • Total races run – 28
  • Average horses/race – 6.49 (down 8.6 percent)

Maidens no more

The following horses broke their maidens during the opening weekend:

  • Athabaskan Hero, 4yo gelding
  • Start Puffing, 2yo filly
  • Great Start, 2yo filly
  • Purely Dunn, 3yo colt
  • Tom Cats Line, 2yo colt
  • My Vet’s A Genius, 2yo colt
  • Justthewayitis, 3yo colt
  • Happy Retreat, 3yo filly

Allowance winners

  • Sniper, N1x
  • Indian Bucks, N1x
  • Linda’s Lollipop, N1x
  • Irish Moon, N1x
  • Donita’s Ruler, N1x
  • A.P. Cino, N3x

Claimed horses

  • Q’s Jack, by trainer Thomas Iannotti/owner Glen Gaddy, $5,000
  • Toni With an I, by trainer Wayne Potts/owner Barak Farm, $5,000
  • Emelina, by trainer/owner Hubert Cave, $5,000
  • Gator Gone Wild, by trainer Charles Frock/owner C and B Stables
  • Distinctive Lady, by trainer Jamie Ness/owner Jagger Inc.

Meet leaders

Through three days of racing, the meet leaders are…

  • Jockey: J.D. Acosta, 4 wins
  • Trainer: Rodney Jenkins, King Leatherbury, John Salzman Sr., Hamilton Smith, 2 each
  • Owner: Hillwood Stable LLC, The Jim Stable, Kenneth Taylor and John Salzman Sr., 2 each