Posted Friday, January 26, 2018
The story and journey continues as multiple graded stakes winner Hogy returns to Sam Houston Race Park Sunday in the Frontier Utilities Turf Sprint. For me, this is a very special reunion.
Posted Monday, May 1, 2017
For two years in a row now I used the mint julep recipe to craft a winning ticket! While last year’s payouts were lacking the “fresh mint”, something tells me Kentucky Derby 143 will not. Like many of you, I look at this three-year-old field and scratch my head, but perhaps a cocktail or two will help ease your mind and lead to victory.
Posted Thursday, February 23, 2017
A closer look at some of the jockeys on this year's Kentucky Derby trail.
Posted Friday, February 17, 2017
Saturday is the Winter Racing Carnival at Laurel Park, but the weather and action will be anything but winter-like! With highs close to 70 here in Maryland, we can expect plenty of hotshots on the track as well. I look forward to enjoying a six pack myself, and I'm not just talking about the beer. Laurel has 6 (yes 6!) stakes on tap tomorrow including 2 graded stakes. In honor of the day, I will limit my wagering to $6 per race and hope to get the most bang for my buck.
Posted Friday, August 19, 2016
Saturday is Maryland Pride Day at Laurel Park with eleven awesome races loaded with Maryland-bred talent. From a bow-tie to shorts, I wear the Maryland flag proud. I may not be a native but I am darn proud to be a resident now! Maryland racing is alive and well with older stars as well as some speedy up-and-comers. Saturday’s card showcases the best that Maryland has to offer. Here are four horses that are set to make Maryland proud on Saturday.
Posted Friday, July 29, 2016
My summer of firsts continues this weekend as I make the long awaited maiden trip to Saratoga! To say I am excited would be like saying Songbird is mediocre. Saratoga connects the past, present and future of our sport. I simply cannot wait to see it, feel it and experience it. Tomorrow’s card offers 4 highly competitive stakes races. Before I enter a state of awe upon arrival in the morning, I figured it would be a good idea to make my selections beforehand. Here is a quick look at who I like in each event.
Posted Monday, June 6, 2016
Trends say we could be in for a big payout this weekend in the Belmont Stakes!
Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2016
It is Maryland's time to shine and the party is well under way! Amid the celebration, let's take a look at the Black-Eyed Susan card from a Marylander's point of view.
Posted Monday, May 9, 2016
Let’s take a few minutes to celebrate the jockeys of Kentucky Derby 142.
Posted Thursday, May 5, 2016
Putting together a winning ticket is like making the classic mint julep! Here are my ingredients, aka picks for Derby 142!
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Meet Jason Wood

I was born with an endless love for horses and racing. My dad owned several horses, so my favorite memories are either at the track or in the barn. I always tell my friends that I could read a racing program before I knew the alphabet! The Illinois racing circuit was home for many years. The majestic weeping willows along the backstretch of Arlington soon gave way to the warm winter nights under the lights at Sam Houston. I spent some time in Maryland and now find myself back at Sam Houston Race Park! Just like a stakes winner, I seem to always be shipping somewhere new!

My dad has passed on to the big track in the sky, but this sport allows me to carry a piece of him with me every time I walk around the track. I feel like I am a winner every time I get to be a part of racing, even if my pick doesn’t leave the starting gate!

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