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Miracle Wood Stakes

Ungraded Stakes race
Miracle Wood Stakes
Location Laurel Park Racecourse,
Laurel, Maryland, United States
Inaugurated 1995
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.Laurelpark.com
Race information
Distance 7 furlongs
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old, open
Weight Assigned
Purse $75,000

The Miracle Wood Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held in February at Laurel Park Racecourse in Laurel, Maryland. The Miracle Wood, is open to three-year-olds willing to race seven furlongs on the dirt. It was the 15th running of the stakes race in 2009.

An ungraded stakes, it offers a purse of $90,000. The Miracle Wood is also one of Maryland's triple crown prep races. The winner of the race typically moves on to compete in the Private Terms Stakes held in March at Laurel Park Racecourse as well, but winners have also ventured off to New York and Kentucky for their next races to see if they are worthy of continuing on the Triple Crown Trail.[1]

The race itself was named in honor of Miracle Wood, a champion Maryland bred colt that went on to win many races and accolades. In 2008 the race was shortened from one mile to the current distance of seven furlongs. During the first eleven years of the race (1993–2003) the race was run at a distance of 1-1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs).

The most memorable Miracle Wood Stakes was the 2006 edition in which Sweetnorthernsaint set a record winning margin of ten lengths. Sweetnorthernsaint went on to win the Illinois Derby that year and was the post time favorite in the 132nd Kentucky Derby. A local horse based at Laurel Park Racecourse, Sweetnorthernsaint went on to become a millionaire and place second in the state's biggest race, the Preakness Stakes.

Contents

Records

Speed record:

  • 1-1/16 miles - 1:43.00 - Gimmeawink (2003)
  • 7 furlongs - 1:24.00 - Gattoprado (2008)

Most wins by an owner:

  • no owner has the Miracle Wood Stakes more than once

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 2 - Michael Trombetta (2006 & 2007)

Winners of the Miracle Wood Stakes

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Distance

Time

Purse

2010

Don't Blame the Cat

3

Erick Rodriguez Richard Dutrow, Jr. Mary Raymond

7 fur.

1:23.62

$70,000

2009

Rock On Justin

3

Tony Maragh Gary Capuano Non Stop Stable’s

7 fur.

1:24.58

$75,000

2008

Gattopardo

3

Julian Pimentel Timothy Tullock Jr. Germania Farm

7 fur.

1:24.16

$90,000

2007

Crafty Bear

3

Mario Pino Michael Trombetta Harry Meyerhoff

1 mile

1:38.55

$75,000

2006

Sweetnorthernsaint

3

Mario Pino Michael Trombetta Joseph Balsamo/Ted Theos

1 mile

1:38.69

$75,000

2005

Malibu Moonshine

3

Steve Hamilton King T. Leatherbury Woodrow Marriott

1 mile

1:40.25

$75,000

2004

Water Cannon

3

Ramon Dominguez Linda Albert Nonsequitur Stable

1-1/16

1:38.99

$65,000

2003

Gimmeawink

3

Jeremy Rose Timothy F. Ritchey Walter Weinkowitz

1-1/16

1:43.07

$60,000

2002

Saratoga Blues

3

Mario Pino Anthony W. Dutrow Alvin Akman

1-1/16

1:45.80

$60,000

2001

Talk is Money

3

Edgar Prado John Scanlon Daniel Borislow

1-1/16

1:45.96

$67,000

2000

Connect

3

Ryan Fogelsonger Leslie Saunders John R. Rastetter

1-1/16

1:51.40

$45,000

1999

Ewer All Wet

3

Edgar Prado Rodney Jenkins Kathryn Clark

1-1/16

1:44.80

$45,000

1998

Mister Business

3

Joe Rocco Richard E. Dutrow, Sr. Swan and Cygnet Farm

1-1/16

1:45.20

$45,000

1997

South West Hostage

3

Mario Pino Ferris Allen Not Found

5.5 fur.

1:05.60

$30,000

1996

Game Quoit

3

Mark Johnston Donald Barr Donald Barr

5.5 fur.

1:03.20

$30,000

1995

South Bend

3

Albert Delgado Not Found Barbara M. Kees

7 fur

1:25.20

$30,000

See also

References

  1. 2007 Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide, page 88 on March 3, 2007.


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