- Published: Wednesday, 22 February 2017 22:41
Make plans to be a part of something special when the Maryland racing industry hosts its first Fantasy Owners Day Saturday, March 18, at Laurel Park.
The event, which features a full day of activities including a live racing program with five stakes, is sponsored by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, Maryland Jockey Club, Maryland Horse Breeders Association, and Capital Bank.
The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. with an opportunity to watch horses train on the track with free coffee and donuts available. At 10:30 a.m. in the Ruffian Room on the second floor of the clubhouse, there will be a seminar featuring some of the region's racehorse and breeding partnership managers as well as others who will offer industry insights.
The Fantasy Owners Day experience includes a free buffet luncheon, paddock access, a winner's circle presentation, and gift bags. There will also be a surprise announcement for potential new owners.
The event is free, and registration is required by Wednesday, March 15, at MTHA.eventbrite.com.
Sponsors will also honor existing owners and breeders with a free buffet lunch and afternoon at the races. In addition, each owner will receive a customized saddle towel.
The March 18 racing program at Laurel will offer five stakes: the Private Terms for 3-year-olds and Caesar's Wish for 3-year-old fillies, each worth $100,000; two $75,000 events for Maryland-bred or -sired horses: the Not For Love for 4-year-olds and up and the Conniver for fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up; and the $75,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial for 3-year-olds and up. In addition, the purses for the additional six other overnight races will be enhanced by 25% from their condition book value.