Live racing returns to Laurel Park tomorrow afternoon for the fall meeting. First post is 1:10 p.m. Opening day features free admission. Other September promotions include Back to Racing Barbeque (September 6); College Pride Day (September 13); Track Diva Day and Crab Feast (both September 20) and Vegas or Bust (September 27).
The first three days of the meet will include 10 races on the turf course, including the $50,000 Gin Talking Stakes for two-year-old fillies on Saturday.
“The trainers just love the turf,” said Maryland Jockey Club racing secretary Georganne Hale. “If you look at any racetrack you’ll see large fields on the grass so we are going to utilize our turf course as much as possible.”
The 17-week stand will feature live racing on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons (with Columbus holiday exception) through December 27.
Headlining the 65-day stand will be the 23rd running of the Maryland Million on Saturday, October 4. The 12-race program for Maryland-sired horses, with purses of nearly $1.7 million, was founded by the late Jim McKay.