- 23 May
The main track at Laurel Park will be closed for training Sunday, May 27, through Tuesday, May 29, to allow for the addition of more cushion material.
The project had been planned for Preakness week, but heavy rainfall led the Maryland Jockey Club to postpone the work, which involves the addition of about 25,000 tons of material.
Stanley Concrete, a local company that participated in a major renovation of the Laurel surface during the winter, will lay the material. The track maintenance crew headed by Chris Bosley will work in the material and grade it to ensure the surface is level throughout.
“We want to make it as seamless as possible,” Sinatra said. “The track will be closed three days, but the project will probably take two. We hope to give the track back to the horsemen (for training) on Wednesday (May 30).”
Laurel reopens for its spring/summer meet Friday, June 1. The final day of racing at Pimlico Race Course is Monday, May 28.