Horse Racing

The Undercard: Kentucky Derby hopeful Irish War Cry highlights a resurgence in Maryland horse racing

The Undercard: Kentucky Derby hopeful Irish War Cry highlights a resurgence in Maryland horse racing

Before he was in the Kentucky Derby field, Irish War Cry started his racing career as a 2-year-old right here in Maryland, at Laurel Park.

Last November, the colt won in his trip out, surging from the back of the pack at the far turn in a six-furlong maiden special weight race and bursting ahead near the finish line for a commanding victory. On New Year's Eve day, he went to the front early in the seven-furlong $100,000 Marylander Stakes race at Laurel and fended off a formidable challenge from O Dionysus, winning by a nose.

Following three graded-stakes appearances and two wins, in the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park in Florida and the Wood Memorial at...

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