Determined Truth Captures Friday’s Maiden Event

November 13, 2021

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Laurel Park with Live Racing, Pies & Buffet

LAUREL, MD – D Hatman Thoroughbreds’ Determined Truth, most experienced among nine 2-year-old fillies with five prior starts, swept to the lead at the top of the stretch and powered home a winner for the first time in Friday’s eighth race at Laurel Park.

Trained by Phil Schoenthal and ridden by Forest Boyce, Determined Truth ($10.20) finished up in 1:11.75 over a muddy main track in the six-furlong maiden special weight event. Estate, a $300,000 second-time starter for Gainesway Stable and LNJ Foxwoods, ran greenly but held on for second over Divining Rod filly Divine Huntress.

Boyce settled Determined Truth in second as Better Call Mama opened up a large lead through a quarter-mile in 22.54 seconds. Boyce swung outside on the turn and took over after a half in 46.68, gaining separation down the lane. By Flatter out of the Maria’s Mon mare No Use Denying, Determined Truth fetched $100,000 as a yearling last fall and had three seconds and a third this year.

No turf, no problem for Rising Sun Racing Stables Inc.’s Ziggy Mon ($5), who zipped to his second straight front-running triumph at Laurel in Race 4, a second-level optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up originally carded for the grass. Ridden by J.D. Acosta and trained by Claudio Gonzalez, Ziggy Mon ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.46.

It was the same situation for Steven Walfish’s Workin On a Dream ($8.60), a 6-year-old gelding that went gate-to-wire in Race 6, an entry-level optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up rained off the grass to the main track. The winning time for one mile was 1:36.55.

Jockey Horacio Karamanos registered back-to-back wins aboard Love Is Strong ($48) in Race 5 and Workin On a Dream ($8.60) in Race 6.

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Laurel Park with Live Racing, Pies & Buffet

After being forced to miss last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Maryland Jockey Club is pleased to resume the popular pie giveaway during its traditional Thanksgiving Day program.

Laurel will open its doors at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 25 and have a special 11:25 a.m. first post for its live race card.

Fans will be able to choose a family-sized pumpkin or apple pie with purchase of a racing program, with a maximum of two pies per person, while supplies last. Pies will be distributed until 4:30 p.m. at the grandstand entrance. 

Free donuts, coffee, cider and hot chocolate will be available at the grandstand and clubhouse entrances from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Laurel will also host a Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Terrace Dining Room at a cost of $50 for adults (ages 12 and above) and $25 for children age 5-12. Kids age 5 and under are free.

To make a buffet reservation, call 301-725-0770.

David Joseph/Maryland Jockey Club

Photo: Determined Truth breaking her maiden at Laurel Park on Nov. 12 under Forest Boyce. (MJC)

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