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Laurel Park 2014 Winter Stakes Schedule Finalized
LAUREL, MD. 12-06-13---The Maryland Jockey Club (MJC), the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) and the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) today announced the stakes schedule for the 2014 Laurel Park winter meet.
The plan still needs approval from the Maryland Racing Commission at its December 17 meeting.
The $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2) on February 15 and the $250,000 General George Handicap (G3) two days later headline the 16 stakes program: http://www.laurelpark.com/horsemen/stakes-schedule.
The winter stand begins January 1 and will include 46 live racing days over a 13-week period with live racing taking place on a Thursday through Saturday schedule with holiday exceptions for the first eight weeks of the year. Wednesday racing will be added in late February for the balance of the meet.
2014 Laurel Park Winter Meeting
Jan. 30-31-Feb. 1
Feb. 26-27-28-Mar. 1
Live racing will then shift to Pimlico Race Course for the spring meeting, whichwill begin April 3 and run through June 7, Belmont Stakes day. The 35-day stand will feature the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1), the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown on Saturday, May 17.
About Laurel Park
Laurel Park is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.