- Published: Saturday, 17 April 2021 22:31
The reconstruction of the Laurel Park dirt surface began in earnest April 17 as heavy machinery began removing the cushion from the base from the rail out.
Maryland Jockey Club Track Superintendent Chris Bosley said that over the next several days the cushion will be removed and the base will be inspected to determine if there are any deficiencies. Bosley said the MJC is in the process of locating base material from New York that was used to successfully rebuild the bases at Saratoga Race Course and the nearby Oklahoma Training Track.
“We hope to have enough cushion removed (April 18) to start the base work,” Bosley said.
The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association will provide regular updates on the project as well as updates on training schedules at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course.
On Sunday, April 18, there will be two training sessions. Session 1 will be for all even-numbered barns from 5-6:30 a.m., and Session 2 will be from 7-8:30 a.m. for all odd-numbered barns.
During training, all horses must go the right way, with no backtracking and gallopers only. The starting gate will be available for both sessions.
Training hours as of Sunday, April 18:
Dark days: 5:30-10:30 a.m. with two breaks, the first from 7-7:30 a.m. and the second from 9-9:30 a.m.
Race days: 5:30-10 a.m. with two breaks, the first from 7-7:30 a.m.. and the second from 9-9:30 a.m.
With the new training schedule, gate schooling will now be offered every day from 7:30-10 a.m. until further notice.