DAY 2: Weather A Big Help In Track Renovation Project

The track maintenance crew at Laurel Park Aug. 22 continued to remove the cushion on the main track with a goal of having the base exposed by the end of the day.

With a chance for stray thunderstorms later in the day and evening, work began earlier in the morning, Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra said. The forecast for the next week or so, however, calls for dry conditions.

“This might have been the perfect week to do this,” Sinatra said. “They started taking the dirt off Monday, and we brought in a third grader to speed up the process. I made sure they all understand the importance of getting the track fixed and back to the horsemen as quickly as possible.”


Stanley Concrete of nearby Annapolis Junction was brought in to “shoot” the grades on the surface and perform maintenance such as are placement of the boards around the track and removal of material from the inside and outside rails.

Sinatra said he is regular contact with Dennis Moore, the track superintendent at Santa Anita Park, which like Laurel is owned by The Stronach Group. Moore this year also took on the job of track superintendent at Del Mar and was involved in modifications made to its dirt surface for the current meet at the California facility.

“Several people are submitting reports to me through the process so I can prepare and submit final reports to the horsemen and the racing commission,” Sinatra said.

The crew also began work on the turf course at Laurel. They are aerating and seeding the grass, and fertilizer will be put down when there is rain in the forecast, Sinatra said.

Laurel completed is spring/summer meet Aug. 20 and will begin its final meet of the year Sept. 9.

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