DAY 4: Laurel Track Renovation Remains On Schedule

Repair of portions of the base of the main track at Laurel Park continued Aug. 24, and it’s still expected surface material will be replaced the weekend of Aug. 26-27.

One of the locations that required a restoration of the base with limestone and mica chips is located just before the second finish line. The area had been worked on earlier this year but the patch didn’t hold.

Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra Aug. 24 told the Maryland Racing Commission he hopes the project is completed by Aug. 28. Training has been suspended since Aug. 21 to allow for the work, and the weather has been very cooperative thus far.

 “We haven’t found anything significant,” Sinatra told the MRC of the first extensive look at the base of the Laurel surface in about 12 years.

Sinatra said work on cleaning drains, measuring the grade of the surface and replacing boards that keep material from running off should provide more continuity in the material.

“We should see big improvement there,” he said.

Training has continued uninterrupted at Pimlico Race Course. Because horses don’t stable at Timonium, training isn’t offered during the Maryland State Fair meet that begins Aug. 25 and ends Sept. 4.

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