Laurel Park to race without fans

by | Mar 12, 2020 | Breaking, Business, Maryland, MD Business

There won’t be any of these Friday at Laurel Park. Photo by The Racing Biz.

The Maryland Jockey Club announced today it plans to continue its live racing schedule without fans as a precaution due to ongoing health concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Live racing is scheduled to resume at Laurel Park with an eight-race program Friday, March 13. First-race post time is 1:10 p.m.

All off-track betting venues will remain open.

Four $100,000 stakes, including the Private Terms for 3-year-olds and Beyond the Wire for 3-year-old fillies, are part of an 11-race program scheduled for Saturday, March 14.

Fans are encouraged to tune in to live streaming of the racing action at and also watch and wager at or

Friday’s program will include carryovers in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 and $1 Super Hi-5 as well as the weekly national Stronach 5 wager with a guaranteed $100,000 pool.

No one solved the Rainbow 6 during the last live program Sunday, March 8, growing the carryover jackpot to $13,103.63. Friday’s sequence spans Races 3-8 and begins with a $40,000 maiden special weight for 3-year-olds going six furlongs and features a restricted allowance for 4-year-olds and up at seven furlongs in Race 4.

There will be a carryover of $1,950.96 in the Super Hi-5 starting in Race 2, barring scratches.

Laurel will be featured as the first two legs of the Stronach 5 (Races 7-8), which continues with Gulfstream Park’s Race 9, Golden Gate Fields’ Race 3 and Gulfstream’s Race 10. Both Gulfstream races are scheduled for the turf.


Laurel Park to prohibit shippers

Laurel Park to prohibit shippers

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.

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