From a Maryland State Fair release

New year, same faces as JD Acosta and Hugh McMahon took home blue ribbons at the Maryland State Fair. The same thing happened last year.

Acosta was aboard fourteen winners, outdistancing Cecily Evans and Carlos Gutierrez, who each rode six. His mounts earned over $230,000 during the seven-day stand, more than double those ridden by earnings runner-up Xavier Perez.  His 48 total mounts (with a 14-9-11 ledger) were also well clear of Perez and Gutierrez, who each rode 35; Evans’ six wins came from just 23 mounts.

Trainer Hugh McMahon sent out five winners, edging King Leatherbury and Hamilton Smith by one at the end of the seven day stand.  McMahon’s overall mark at the meet was 11-5-1-0.  Mike Trombetta won the earnings title, with his horses earning a combined total of over $59,000, about $4,000 more than McMahon’s.  Trombetta’s runners included 30-length maiden winner Walk of Stars.

Two horses won two starts each –Soft Ball and Athabaskan Hero — to tie atop the horse standings.

Live action picks right up away on Friday at Laurel Park with nine races that includes free admission, free programs and drawings for tickets to OktoberFest and the Brew & Bourbon Classic on the Laurel Park apron.

A day at Timonium