Laurel Park to delay start of Saturday card

With high temperatures and humidity in the forecast, and in the best interests of its horses, horsemen and fans, the Maryland Jockey Club has pushed back post time for Saturday’s live 10-race program at Laurel Park.

The first race, a 5 ½-furlong claiming sprint for maiden fillies ages 3, 4 and 5 scheduled on the All Along turf course, will go off at 1:50 p.m. rather than the usual 12:40 p.m. starting time during the 37-day summer meet.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for abundant sunshine and a high of 95 degrees Saturday, and near-record temperatures approaching 98 degrees Sunday.

Laurel previously had its scheduled Sunday program moved to Thursday, July 28.