HRI Edited Release — There will be a jackpot carryover of $9,125.32 in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 as Laurel Park moves to a three-day schedule when live racing returns this Friday.
After racing on a Thursday through Sunday schedule in October and November, Laurel will race Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for the duration of the fall meet, which concludes Sunday, Dec. 29.
Laurel Park will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 24 and 25, for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and present a special program Thursday, Dec. 26.
Friday’s Rainbow 6 spans Races 4-9 begins with a $45,000 second-level optional claiming allowance for fillies and mares 3 and up going one mile, where multiple stakes-placed It’s a Journey is the 124-pound top weight.
The sequence also includes a $42,000 entry-level allowance at about 1 1/16 miles for females 3 and older in Race 7.
Saturday, Dec. 7 is Maryland Spectacular Day featuring four stakes for Maryland-bred/sired horses worth $350,000 in purses – the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity for 2-year-olds and $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship, both at seven furlongs.
The Juvenile Futurity is expected to attract strong 2020 Kentucky Derby contender Independence Hall who would ship over from his Fair Hill Training Center base for trainer Mike Trombetta.
Also on tap is the $75,000 Howard & Sondra Bender Memorial for 3-year-olds and up and $75,000 Politely for fillies and mares 3 and older, each at six furlongs. Per usual. first post is 12:25 p.m.