As Pimlico Race Course ended its season on Saturday, June 8, owner PTK LLC, trainer Juan Vasquez and jockey Sheldon Russell called the vaunted spring meet a title-winning success, and veteran oddsmaker Frank Carulli called it a day.

PTK, owned by Tom and Paul Haughey of Charlottesville, Va., outdid King Leatherbury’s The Jim Stable by 14-11 over the 36-day stand. PTK sent out 46 starters and finished third or better with 27 to claim its second race-winning Pimlico title the last three years. The training crown was the first in Maryland for Vasquez, who twice finished first among Delaware Park conditioners.

Vasquez totaled 22 victories from 71 starters (31 percent), followed by Scott Lake (16 victories), Leatherbury and Dane Kobiskie (14 each) and Hugh McMahon (13).

Russell began the final day with a narrow lead in jockey wins over Xavier Perez and apprentice Victor Carrasco and held on for his second Pimlico title in three years. Russell finished with 28 victories, Perez and Carrasco 26, Forest Boyce and Yomar Ortiz 22.

Closing day marked a fond farewell for Carulli, the colorful, crackerjack oddsmaker and on-air racing analyst of the Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) for more than 11 years.
Considered among the nation’s elite handicappers, Carulli, 51, will head to Las Vegas next month to become a professional gambler.

MJC president Tom Chuckas toasted Carulli with framed photos and a gift certificate to Sabatino’s Restaurant in Baltimore’s Little Italy, where the jaunty punter has made many a culinary score. And Carulli showed his appreciation by showering gifts on co-workers and friends.

When Maryland’s mile tracks resume with the Laurel Park meeting in September, Gabby Gaudet will succeed Carulli as on-air analyst, and Equibase chart-caller Keith Feustle will take over as program linemaker.

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