Laurel Park’s Main Track Remains Partially Closed – Horse Racing News

Laurel Park in Maryland.

Continued maintenance work on the main track at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md., means that the track will remain closed as of Monday, Dec. 6, according to The Racing Biz. Horses will be allowed to gallop on the outer portion of track, but no works are permitted.

With the regular monthly meeting for the Maryland Racing Commission scheduled for Tuesday, stakeholders are expected to assess ongoing work on the racing surface.

The Maryland Jockey Club closed the racetrack Nov. 29 after a cluster of equine fatalities between Nov. 6 and Nov. 28, most coming as a result of fractures during racing or training at Laurel Park. Timothy Keefe, president of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, told the Paulick Report last week that horsemen had been hoping works could resume Monday with racing returning Dec. 10. The Dec. 10 card has been drawn.

The cancellation of racing Dec. 4 and 5 pushed the Maryland Juvenile Championship and the Juvenile Fillies Championship off until Dec. 11, provided the racetrack is reopened by that date.

Read more at The Racing Biz.