Unlike those who claim they were “born at the racetrack” because of all the time they’ve spent there, Mark Lapidus actually was born in a home on Hayward Ave. The grounds now serve as a parking lot for Pimlico Race Course.
Lapidus, who began his career in racing walking hots when he was a teen, has been a Thoroughbred owner for many years. He currently stables his horses at Laurel Park with trainer Emanuel “Mike” Geralis.
Lapidus, elected to his first term in 2017, owns Service for Ten, a Virginia-bred who has won 10 of 34 starts and has earned more than $429,000. The gelding has won two stakes and finished second or third in three graded sprint stakes in Maryland: the Maryland Sprint Handicap twice and General George Stakes.
Other horses owned by Lapidus were Gala Lil Stakes winner My Marchesa, a filly who placed in other stakes; and Let Me Be Frank, a Maryland-bred gelding who won 23 of 113 starts, including the Maryland Million Starter Handicap at Laurel.
Lapidus earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, College of Business and Public Administration. He also earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Lapidus, who said he likes to “think outside the box,” is semi-retired but still walks hots at the barn. He said “the economic survival of small-time owners and trainers” concerns him, and that other major issues for racing in the state are stall allocations, Thoroughbred aftercare, and workers’ compensation programs.