Squan Song, a 5-year-old mare belonging to Robert Brennan's Due Process Stable, has been named Maryland's horse of the year in a poll of area racing writers conducted by the Maryland Breeders Association.
Squan Song has lifetime earnings of $471,917 and has won a total of nine stakes races during her three years of competition.
Bug Eyed Betty finished second to Squan Song after winning several stakes and finishing second in the Juvenile Stakes.
Divisional winners were Papal Power (2-year-old male), Bug Eyed Betty (2-year-old filly), I Am The Game (3-year-old male), A Joyful Spray (3-year-old filly), Onyxly (older male), Squan Song (older female), Onyxly (turf horse) and Le Sauteur (jumper).
Jyp broke quickly in yesterday's $40,000-added Chesapeake Handicap at Laurel Race Course and held off a late challenge by Rocky Knave to win by nearly a length. Prince Valid finished a well-beaten third after being bothered by Rocky Knave at the start.
Jockey Mathew Vigliotti (Rocky Knave) claimed foul against jockey Donald Miller astride the winner and jockey Paul Nicol (Prince Valid) claimed foul against Vigliotti. Both claims were disallowed.
As a result of substantial increases in mutuel handle and attendance, Laurel has raised its purses 5 percent over last year. The daily average attendance of 8,123 represents a gain of 29.2 percent over the same period last year and the betting average of $1,201,943 represents a gain of 26.3 percent.