DAY 6/7: Crew Prepares To Replace Material Atop Laurel Surface

After additional compression tests on the base Aug. 26, the crew working on the renovation of the main track at Laurel Park Aug. 27 was preparing the cushion in advance of replacing the surface material.

The project—the first time in about 12 years the entire dirt track was taken down to its base, examined, and refreshed—began Aug. 21 and has remained on schedule thanks to daily dawn-to-dusk shifts and perfect weather for late August.


“They put the newer cushion down (on top of the limestone base) and need to roll it before they put the new material on top,” Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra said. “After that, they’ll need to grade it, roll it and harrow it so it gets to a settling point.”

As of the morning of Aug. 27 it was projected the surface would be ready for horses by Aug. 29. Sinatra said he was waiting to get a status report from the crew.

“It’s Tuesday for sure,” he said. “Monday is still in question. The (areas of the base that required work) patched really well, and the compression tests came back more than adequate.

“It went really well, and Stanley Concrete and my crew are more than happy with it. Monday is a question mark because they want the track to be perfect when they give it back (to the horsemen for training).”

Laurel is dark for live racing until Sept. 9. The current Maryland State Fair at Timonium meet runs through Sept. 4.

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