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Maryland Business

MJC stakes coordinator Coley Blind to retire

MJC stakes coordinator Coley Blind to retire

Coley Blind, the longtime stakes coordinator at the Maryland Jockey Club, will retire effective November 1 and be replaced by former trainer Jason Egan.

Aidan Butler named COO of 1/st Racing

Aidan Butler named COO of 1/st Racing

Aidan Butler, most recently at Santa Anita, will become chief operating officer of 1/st Racing, the parent of the Maryland Jockey Club.

Fans allowed to return to Laurel Park

Fans allowed to return to Laurel Park

For the first time in seven months, fans will be permitted to attend live racing at Laurel Park, albeit in limited numbers.

October tabbed Maryland Horse Month

October tabbed Maryland Horse Month

Gov. Larry Hogan today named October as “Maryland Horse Month.” The month features both the Preakness and Maryland Million.

Laurel to host Virginia-bred stakes

Laurel to host Virginia-bred stakes

Pending Virginia Racing Commission approval, Maryland’s Laurel Park will play host to five stakes restricted to Virginia-bred or -sired runners.

Maryland trainer Jack Kousin passes

Maryland trainer Jack Kousin passes

Jack Kousin, who took a 30-year detour from his successful training career before returning in 2018, passed away August 25.

No fans at Preakness 145

No fans at Preakness 145

The 145th Preakness — like this year’s Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Derby — will be held without fans, the Stronach Group announced Wednesday.

Preakness to anchor all-stakes card

Preakness to anchor all-stakes card

The October 3 Preakness will headline a card with nothing but stakes — 12 of them, seven graded — that caps off a weekend with stakes each day.

Maryland-bred bonuses trimmed for rest of 2020

Maryland-bred bonuses trimmed for rest of 2020

The state Racing Commission Thursday agreed to trim Maryland-bred bonuses for the rest of 2020 to about 80% of prior levels, a result of the pandemic’s economic effects.

Preakness winner to get B. C. Classic berth

Preakness winner to get B. C. Classic berth

The winner of this year’s Grade 1 Preakness will get an automatic berth a month later in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic — a first for a Triple Crown race.

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