TRANSITION PLANS FOR LAUREL PARK, PIMLICO AND TIMONIUM TAKE SHAPE

Plans for the transition of training operations from Laurel Park to the Maryland State Fairgrounds at Timonium and Pimlico Race Course were mostly hammered out at a logistics meeting held May 19.

SHIPPING

Anyone needing shipping out of Laurel Park to Pimlico or Timonium must contact Andy Simoff at 302-740-7290 for their needs.

MJC Race Day Shuttles will continue to be handled by Joe Sansosti, who can be reached at 301-266-0914.

REMINDER:  Please strip your stalls upon shipping out of Laurel Park.

TO PIMLICO - 

Trainers may begin shipping to Pimlico starting Thursday, May 20.

TO TIMONIUM - 

Horses may begin shipping to Timonium beginning Monday, May 24, with training set to begin the following day on Tuesday, May 25. 

HOUSING

TIMONIUM - 

Sufficient accommodations for backstretch workers will be made within an easily walkable proximity to the Timonium barn area. 

To arrange individual accommodations at Timonium, please contact Rooms Officer Francisco Saez by phone: (240) 507-3529 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Additionally, Maryland Jockey Club has available additional dorm rooms on the frontside at Pimlico for horsemen stabled at that facility.

Contact Rooms Officer Lt. Angela Williams by phone: (301) 741-9439 or  email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange Pimlico accommodations.

Those who wish to continue to stay in their dorm rooms at Laurel Park are welcome to do so; however, they must arrange for their own transportation.

TRAINING

LAUREL PARK - 

The last day of training at Laurel Park will be Monday, May 24, and all horses must be removed from the grounds by Thursday, May 27.

Trainers are required to strip stalls and remove all feed. 

Equipment may be stored in tack rooms.

TIMONIUM - 

Training at Timonium will be held Monday through Saturday from 5:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. with two breaks at 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. 

Gate schooling will be available Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. -10 a.m. 

Because of a previously scheduled sporting event on the grounds, there will be no training Saturday, June 5, at Timonium.

Please note that all horses that go to the track at Timonium must enter from the paddock gate and leave the track from the 4 1/2-furlong chute. There are no exceptions.

All horse vans must enter and exit the Timonium grounds from the main entrance off of York Road. Vendor deliveries at Timonium can begin Sunday, May 23, through the same entrance.

In order to accommodate the number of horses at Timonium, an additional 60-stall tent that was used for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale will remain on the grounds to provide additional capacity not reflected in recent stall allotments. 

There will be no vehicles permitted within the barn area at Timonium with the exception of veterinarians and blacksmiths. All parking shall be in the designated areas off the Timonium Road or York Road entrances, before entering the stable gate, including trainers. No Exceptions.

PIMLICO - 

Old Hilltop has returned to a normal training schedule post-Preakness week. 

Training is available every day from 5:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on dark days and 5:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. on live racing days. Maintenance breaks are 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. 

Gate schooling is available Wednesday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

All horses at Pimlico must use the Preakness horse path at all times.

BEDDING

Only straw will be permitted for bedding at Timonium and within the temporary barns at Pimlico.

FOOD SERVICE

TIMONIUM - 

On Monday, May 24, the Timonium Track Kitchen will be open for lunch. Every day thereafter, it will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with takeout dinners available.

PIMLICO - 

Expanded food operations for residents stabled at Pimlico will be offered. Further details will be forthcoming.

LICENSING

A valid Maryland Racing Commission license is required for access to Pimlico, Laurel Park and Timonium at all times.

All workers holding Stable Employee licenses, please note that these licenses will expire June 30, 2021 and must be renewed.

COMMUNITY MEETING

A community meeting will be held by ZOOM Webinar on Thursday, May 20 at 6 p.m. to discuss these details and to answer questions from the community. 

Registration is required in advance at https://bit.ly/3yoRjVr

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