Laurel Plans to Record Horses’ Weights Beginning June 22

After a trial run last weekend, Laurel Park on June 22 plans to begin recording the weight of each horse as it enters the paddock for the racing program.

Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra said grooms are asked to go to the scale on the right when they enter the paddock and allow horses to stand on the scale for about four seconds. The weight will be recorded and shown on the Laurel simulcast graphics.

Sinatra said Equibase will begin publishing horses’ weights in its past performances for Laurel races. Recording of weights is a project of The Stronach Group, which owns Laurel.

“We’re hoping to start Friday,” Sinatra said. “The scale was calibrated (June 20). We’re just trying to bring more information to the gambler.”

Sinatra said TSG executive P.J. Campo, on a trip to Japan, noticed the racetrack weighed all the horses.

“At Laurel, we can have up to 20 horses shipping in who raced at other tracks, so I’m hopeful other tracks in the region jump in on this,” Sinatra said.

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