DAY 5: Laurel Surface Renovation Enters Final Stages

The main-track renovation at Laurel Park continued Aug. 25 with double-checks on two of the larger areas in which the base required regrading, including one toward the outside of the surface just before the second finish line.

Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra said as repair work winds down, the goal remains to have the cushion back in place by Aug. 28 or Aug. 29.

 “If they’re working on the same spots on the track that would indicate the compression tests didn’t come back quite right,” Sinatra said. “They performed compression tests on the two major patches.”

Trainers Tim Keefe, Mike Trombetta and Dale Capuano, all members of the MTHA board of directors, surveyed some of the work while it was being done, he said.

Sinatra also said unexpected early morning showers Aug. 25 actually helped the turf course, which has been aerated and seeded during the renovation of the main track.

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