Laurel Hosting Special Monday Holiday Program

Laurel Hosting Special Monday Holiday Program

Post Time 12:25 P.M. for Martin Luther King Jr. Card

LAUREL, MD – Laurel Park will host a special eight-race Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday program Monday, Jan. 20 featuring a carryover of $3,047.74 in the $1 Super Hi-5 wager.

First-race post time is 12:25 p.m.

The Super Hi-5 begins in Race 2, a starter optional claimer for 3-year-olds sprinting six furlongs on the main track.

Monday’s Rainbow 6 sequence kicks off with a $40,000 maiden special weight for 4-year-olds and up in Race 3 that drew a field of eight topped by 2-1 program favorite Fast Master, a $275,000 2-year-old in training purchase in 2018 making his fourth career start.

In Race 5, stakes-placed Pitching Ari faces five foes as he goes after his fourth straight victory in Monday’s feature, $42,000 optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds sprinting six furlongs. Pitching Ari has won two in a row since being claimed by meet-leading trainer Claudio Gonzalez.

Jockey Victor Carrasco has two mounts Monday as he moves closer to 1,000 career victories. He earned win No. 997 with Harpers First Ride ($6) in Sunday’s fourth race.

Notes: Trainers Claudio Gonzalez and Jamie Ness each had two winners Sunday. Gonzalez won with Ankle Monitor ($3.40) in Race 2 and Harpers First Ride ($6) in Race 4, while Ness was first with It’s a Journey ($9.80) in Race 6 and Too Much Minutia ($3.40) in Race 8.