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LAUREL, MD1/ST RACING and the Maryland Jockey Club announce today that live racing will be cancelled from Saturday April 17 through Monday April 19, due to the ongoing evaluation of the main track surface conditions. As part of regular track maintenance, the Maryland Jockey Club identified on April 14 that the main track had not responded sufficiently to wintertime cushion repairs. Gallops will be allowed during an abbreviated training schedule Friday, April 16.

MEDIA ADVISORY - Statement from Maryland Jockey Club at Laurel Park

LAUREL, MD -  “1/ST RACING and the Maryland Jockey Club, as part of regular track maintenance protocols, have identified that the main track at Laurel Park has not responded sufficiently to the necessary repairs following wintertime cushion changes.

“While we work to assess cushion replacement options in consultation with Dr. Mick Peterson from the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, the track will be available for gallopers only, tomorrow morning, Thursday, April 15. No workouts will be permitted until further notice.

Apostle's Long-Awaited Comeback Under Way at Laurel

Grade 3-Placed 6-Year-Old in Russell Barn

LAUREL, MD – Approaching 2 ½ years since he last ran, and after several stops and starts, the road to get the well-bred and once highly regarded Apostle back to the races is winding through Maryland.

Primonetta on Radar for G3 Fritchie Winner Hibiscus Punch

Rainbow 6 Carryover for Laurel’s Eight-Race Program Sunday

LAUREL, MD – The $100,000 Primonetta April 24 at Laurel Park, as well as the upcoming Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship Series that makes its season debut in mid-May at Pimlico Race Course, are among the races being considered for Runhappy Barbara Fritchie (G3) winner Hibiscus Punch.

Stronach 5 Returns $2,752

42 Winning Tickets

LAUREL, MD – There were 42 winning tickets in Friday’s Stronach 5 with each returning $2,752.40.

The Stronach 5 featured races from Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields, three turf races, and an industry-low 12-percent takeout. There was $130,129 wagered into the Stronach 5.

Three Tracks, Three on the Turf in Friday Stronach 5

Races from Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields

LAUREL, MD – The Stronach 5 returns Friday with races from Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields along with an industry-low 12-percent takeout.

Friday’s sequence includes three turf races – two maiden turf races from Gulfstream and Golden Gate and a competitive 10-horse $32,000 claiming event from Santa Anita.

Maythehorsebwithu to Work This Weekend for Federico Tesio

Stronach 5 Returns Friday with Races from Florida, California
Laurel Park Scheduled to Begin Spring Meet Thursday, April 8
Laurel Park Open for Simulcasting Easter Sunday, April 4

LAUREL, MD – Michael Dubb and Bethlehem Stables’ stakes winner Maythehorsebwithu, among the newest Triple Crown nominees, is scheduled to return to the worktab this weekend ahead of an anticipated start in the $125,000 Federico Tesio for 3-year-olds Saturday, April 24 at Laurel Park.

Spring Stakes Spectacular Moved to Saturday, April 24

Seven Stakes Worth $750,000 Led by Tesio for 3-Year-Olds

LAUREL, MD – As a result of the ongoing pause of live racing at Laurel Park through Sunday, April 4, the Maryland Jockey Club has pushed its Spring Stakes Spectacular program back one week to Saturday, April 24.

All seven stakes worth $750,000 in purses originally scheduled for Saturday, April 17 will be run on the new date with a similar 12:40 p.m. post time. Nominations for all stakes are due Saturday, April 3.

Private Terms Top Pair Among $125,000 Federico Tesio Nominees

‘Win and In’ for Triple Crown-Nominated 3-Year-Olds to Preakness (G1)          
Among 201 Nominees on April 24 Spring Stakes Spectacular Program

Live Racing Returns to Laurel with Spring Meet Opener April 8

Maythehorsebwithu Breezes for Tesio on Busy Saturday at Laurel

LAUREL, MD – A pair of allowance events help spice up a nine-race program as live racing returns to Laurel Park Thursday, April 8 to kick off its 16-day spring meet.

First race post time is 12:40 p.m.

A total of 83 horses were entered on the program, an average of 9.22 starters per race. The feature comes in Race 6, a second-level optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up going around two turns at about 1 1/16 miles.