Ownership, scratch rules to change effective Nov. 22 at Laurel

New regulations approved by the Maryland Racing Commission are now in effect.

Beginning with the Nov. 22 program at Laurel Park, entries with similar ownership can be uncoupled in overnight races if the connections of a horse decide to do so.

In addition, all scratched horses will be penalized 10 days—they can’t run for the subsequent 10 day-period—instead of five days, as has been the case.

Turf racing has officially ended for the year, but the following rules will be on the books when grass racing resumes in 2019:

The shoe rule will be the same as turf for dirt and turf, and if one or more races come off the grass in a Pick 6 sequence, bettors will receive “all” horses in those races rather than receive a refund on the wager.

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