Horses returned to a sealed main track the morning of Aug. 29, eight days after the renovation of the Laurel Park dirt surface began.
The surface was sealed before and after the break because of steady, light rain from a disturbance off the Atlantic Coast. The morning featured mostly light gallops.
“It sounds nice (when the horses gallop on it) and it feels better,” trainer Katy Voss said, “but you can’t necessarily tell off of a sealed surface. It certainly has more cushion on it than before—at least it feels like it does. It seems softer and kinder but that could be a combination of the weather and how they sealed it.
“It could be Thursday or Friday before we get a good handle on it.”
Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra said though the track was reopened, the work “isn’t over by any means.”
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