Laurel Park Cancels Sunday Card Due to Weather

Laurel Park Cancels Sunday Card Due to Weather

Four Stakes Being Brought Back Next Weekend
$100K Fire Plug & What a Summer Return Jan. 26
$75K Jennings & Geisha Coming Back Jan. 28
$100K Spectacular Bid & Xtra Heat for 3YOs Jan. 27

LAUREL, MD – Due to lingering effects of a winter storm that hit the Mid-Atlantic region, the Maryland Jockey Club has cancelled Sunday’s nine-race program at Laurel Park.

Laurel, Pimlico Race Course, Rosecroft Raceway and the MJC OTB network will remain open for simulcasting Sunday.

Live racing is scheduled to resume Friday, Jan. 26 and include the $100,000 What a Summer for fillies and mares 4 and up going six furlongs and $100,000 Fire Plug for 4-year-olds and up sprinting 6 ½ furlongs, both originally carded for Saturday’s card that was also cancelled.

Stakes-winning New York shippers Kant Hurry Love and Headland, the latter winner of the Dec. 23 Willa On the Move at Laurel, topped the original lineup for the What a Summer. The Fire Plug was led by Grade 3 winners Greeley and Ben and Classier, stakes winners Super Chow and Dollarization and Brother Conway, riding a four-race win streak.

Maryland’s first stakes of the year for sophomores, the $100,000 Xtra Heat for fillies and $100,000 Spectacular Bid, are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 27. Multiple stakes winner Copper Tax and Mission Beach, a popular allowance winner Dec. 22 at Laurel in his first start for Maryland’s 2023 leading trainer Brittany Russell, are among the prospects for the Spectacular Bid. Carmelina, whose three stakes wins include Laurel’s Dec. 30 Gin Talking, tops nominees to the Xtra Heat.

A pair of $75,000 stakes for Maryland-bred/sired horses, the Jennings for 4-year-olds and up and Geisha for fillies and mares 4 and older, both going a one-turn mile and also originally carded for Saturday, are being brought back Sunday, Jan. 28.

Once-beaten Post Time, undefeated in four starts at Laurel, was among five stakes winners in the Jennings along with fellow Maryland champion Joe, Seven’s Eleven, Coffeewithchris and Grade 3 winner Double Crown. The Geisha. New York-based Malibu Moonshine is looking for a return to her Maryland juvenile championship form in the Geisha.