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Wide Country Stakes

Ungraded Stakes race
Wide Country Stakes
Location Laurel Park Racecourse,
Laurel, Maryland, United States
Inaugurated 1994
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.Laurelpark.com
Race information
Distance 7 furlongs
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Fillies; Three-years-old
Weight Assigned
Purse $70,000

The Wide Country Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in March at Laurel Park Racecourse in Laurel, Maryland. The Anne Arundel Stakes, is open to fillies age three-years-old and up willing to race seven furlongs on the dirt. It was the 18th running of the stakes race in 2010.

An ungraded stakes race, it offers a purse of $70,000. The race was named in honor of the 1991 Maryland-bred "Horse of the Year, Wide Country. Tom Tanner's home bred, Wide Country proved to be an indomitable force during her three year-old season, running her win streak to nine straight races (all stakes races at either Pimlico Race Course or Laurel Park Racecourse. The streak began in the final months of 1990 as the chestnut filly overcame adversity to win the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes over a muddy race track after losing a shoe. She also won the Grade 3 Pimlico Oaks by a romping eight and a half lengths. Wide Country shipped to Belmont Park and Meadowlands during that campaighn and placed second in graded stakes company in both cases. Trained by Bob Camac, Wide Country had fulfilled the promise shown at age two when she captured three straight Maryland Stakes Races on her way to state-bred championship honors. Wide County retired with a record of 20 wins or placings in 26 starts, for career earnings of $819,728.

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Records

Speed record:

  • 7 furlongs - 1:22.78 - Saarlight (2008)
  • 7.5 furlongs - 1:30.80 - Norstep (1995)
  • 1 mile - 1:40.00 - Bare Dancer (2007)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 3 - Mark Johnston (1995, 1996, & 2000)

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Wide Country Stakes since 1994

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Distance

Time

Purse

Grade

2010

Jim's Prospect

3

Vladimir Diaz John B. Secor Estate of James Glenn

7 fur.

1:24.67

$70,000

2009

Saarlight

3

Raymundo Fuentes Kiaran McLaughlin Cam Allard

7 fur.

1:22.78

$60,000

2008

Armonk

3

Julian Pimentel Kiaran McLaughlin Jeff Singer

7 fur.

1:26.63

$50,000

2007

Bare Dancer

3

Dyn Panell Gary Contessa Darlene Bilinski

1 mile

1:40.00

$90,000

2006

Celestial Legend

3

Erick D. Rodriguez Dale Capuano Richard Shultz and David Menard

1 mile

1:41.40

$75,000

2005

Amazing Buy

3

Norberto Arroyo, Jr. Jennifer Pederson Paraneck Stable

1 mile

1:40.60

$50,000

2004

He Loves Me

3

Jozbin Santana Richard W. Small Buckingham Farm

1-1/16

1:47.20

$35,000

2003

Powers Prospect

3

Roberto Alvarado, Jr. Cathal Lynch D'Arrigo Racing Stable

1-1/16

1:44.80

$50,000

2002

Shop Till You Drop

3

Harry Vega John Fee Dewey White

1-1/16

1:46.80

$36,000

2001

Strike It Up

3

Mario Pino Anthony W. Dutrow

1-1/8

1:50.80

$55,000

2000

Case of the Blues

3

Mark Johnston Hamilton A. Smith

1-1/8

1:52.40

$80,000

1999

Synchronized

3

Jose Espinoza Martin Wansborough

1-1/8

1:52.20

$55,000

1998

Cigar Charlie

3

Edgar Prado Michael Dickinson

1-1/8

1:53.60

$55,000

1997

Salt It

3

Carlos H. Marquez, Jr. Deborah S. Bonder

1-1/8

1:51.20

$30,000

1996

Hey Let's Dance

3

Mark Johnston Jessica J. Campitelli

7.5 fur.

1:31.00

$30,000

1995 #

Quite Proper

3

Mario Verge Leslie G. Glazier

7.5 fur.

1:32.20

$30,000

1995 #

Norstep

3

Mark Johnston W. Robert Bailes

7.5 fur.

1:30.80

$30,000

1994

Brilliant Prospect

3

Allen Stacy Carlos A. Garcia Helmore Racing Partnership

7.5 fur.

1:32.40

$30,000

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