Laurel Park cancels half of Friday card
Photo by Laurie Asseo.
Laurel Park cancelled races 5 through 8 Friday afternoon because of high winds with gusts reaching 40 mph. As a result, Friday’s Stronach 5 was also cancelled. The Maryland Jockey Club serves as host of the Stronach 5.
Laurel remains open for simulcast wagering.
Live racing returns Saturday with a first race post of 12:25 p.m.
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Hours after landing in Dubai for the UAE Derby, trainer Jerry O’Dwyer, set to saddle Shotski, learned the race and the World Cup card were canceled.
Maryland racing mainstay Bob Manfuso — owner, breeder, board member, and onetime track co-owner — passed away Thursday at age 82.
After days of uncertainty the Maryland Jockey Club said it would cease racing at Laurel Park indefinitely because of the coronavirus emergency.
Racing at Laurel Park will take on the flavor of an intrasquad scrimmage, as only horses stabled there or at Pimlico will be permitted on the grounds.
Legislation to redo Pimlico and Laurel Park passed both houses of the Md. Legislature Wednesday and now heads to the Governor.
After a couple of days of confusion following Gov. Hogan’s emergency order Sunday, Laurel Park will race this weekend with additional restrictions.