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Laurel Park To Reopen For Live Racing; Patrons Not Allowed In To Watch

May 30th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

During a virtual meeting on Thursday, the Maryland Racing Commission, by a unanimous vote, approved the Maryland Jockey Club’s request to reopen Laurel Park for live racing on Saturday with only essential personnel permitted on the grounds. WBAL reports Laurel will offer three racing programs its first week back—Saturday, Sunday and Monday—and follow with three days of racing the following weekend. It's expected racing will be held twice a week thereafter until further notice. The Maryland Jockey Club, in conjunction with the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, The Stronach Group and MedStar Health, prepared a lengthy document outlining protocols and procedures necessary for COVID-19 mitigation when live racing commences at Laurel and presented it to state officials. Before racing was suspended in mid-March, Laurel raced three days with no patrons permitted under the governor’s executive order. Many of the protocols and best practices are already in place for training in the stable areas at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course.

Jockey club officials said they plan to hold live racing only at Laurel Park as long as restrictions remain in place.


One Response to “Laurel Park To Reopen For Live Racing; Patrons Not Allowed In To Watch”

  1. May 30, 2020 at 11:57 am, Bob said:

    This will not be “live” racing. Live performance means any play, show, skit, dance, or other exhibition performed or presented to or before an audience of one or more, with or without consideration.

    I seems we just need to stop thinking about any details of what or masters dictate and just Heil Hogan to each new order.


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