- 19 Aug
The Maryland Jockey Club will use the roughly three weeks of downtime during the Maryland State Fair at Timonium meet to work on the turf course and main track at Laurel Park in advance of the fall meet that begins Sept. 6.
The work on the dirt track has led to a revised training schedule, the MJC said. On Monday, Aug. 26, training will be available from 5:30-10 a.m. with one break from 7:30-8 a.m. The main track will be closed Tuesday, Aug. 27 through Thursday, Aug. 29.
MJC Track Superintendent Chris Bosley said a crew will be working on a pre-existing spot by the 11/16 pole.
“We’ll be using the new (patch) material we tried at Pimlico, and that spot so far couldn’t be any better,” Bosley said. “We’re getting a jump on a few things during this much-needed break.”