Laurel track crew to address area near five-eighths pole

Training will be suspended at Laurel Park Oct. 30-31 so the track crew can examine and repair an area near the five-eighths-mile pole.

Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra said there is a “dip” in that location on the dirt track, and that it has been addressed several times before. He said track superintendent Chris Bosley has taken a proactive approach and would like to repair it before cold weather sets in.

“It’s not bad but Chris noticed it, and I’d rather have him notice it and fix it before (there is an incident),” Sinatra said.

The weather forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday calls for sunny, dry conditions with temperatures in the 60s.

“Hopefully it will take less than two days,” Sinatra said. “They’ll jump on it after training ends (Monday).”

Bosley has been attending MTHA Board of Directors meetings to provide updates on the surfaces, and at the Oct. 24 meeting said consultant Mick Peterson had recommended that more sand be added to the dirt track. Bosley also said he has been adding cushion to keep the Laurel surface uniform, and that he planned to visit Pimlico Race Course to talk to horsemen and map out track maintenance there before winter.

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