Laurel Park will race Mondays rather than Thursdays when it begins its four-day-per-week live racing schedule in October.

The MTHA board of directors Sept. 8 heard about the proposal from Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra and approved it several days later. The switch in racing days is tied to increased exposure of the Laurel product on the Television Games Network.

Laurel was scheduled to race Thursday through Sunday in October and November and Friday through Sunday in December. Under the new arrangement, there will be racing four days a week in December, with the extra days also Mondays.

The MTHA requested the first Monday of racing be Oct. 9 rather than Oct. 2, which is the first day of the expanded two-day Fasig-Tipton sale. The MJC and TVG agreed, and the plan received approval by the Maryland Racing Commission.

First post time of 1:10 p.m. will remain in place through Monday, Oct. 16. It switches to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 through Dec. 31.
Sinatra noted there will be a net gain of two racing days under the new schedule given the extra Mondays in December.

Download complete 2017 Maryland racing schedule here.

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