The Maryland Jockey announced changes to the training schedule at Laurel Park to accommodate a maintenance project at the main track that is expected to take a week.
The project is due to start on Tuesday, August 23. The entire schedule is subject to weather conditions and may need to be adjusted accordingly.
MJC track superintendent Chris Bosley said the work involves a section of the straight that was repaired in the fall of 2021. An inspection that was part of Horseracing Integrity and Safety’s racetrack safety program Authority, which began July 1, has determined that the area requires further notice, he said.
Bosley said now was the perfect time to get the job done with Laurel’s summer meet ending Aug. 21 and live racing moving to the Maryland State Fair in Timonium for two weeks, followed by three weeks at the Pimlico Racecourse.
“It’s really nice to have a break and have time to do preventative maintenance,” Bosley said.
The MJC has released the following daily information regarding training hours and various restrictions:
TUESDAY AUGUST 23: Training from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. with a break from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 24 – THURSDAY AUGUST 25: There will be no training for the maintenance project to begin.
FRIDAY AUGUST 26 – SUNDAY AUGUST 28: Dogs will be installed around the track so that the horses can only gallop in the right direction without backing up, without joggers and without free pony. Normal training hours of 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. will be in place. Schooling grid, standing only, no break.
MONDAY, AUGUST 29: Dogs will always be ready to gallop the right way, with no recoil, no joggers and no loose pony. Training hours will be from 5am to 9am with a break from 7am to 7:30am
TUESDAY AUGUST 30: The entire track will be available for horses with regular practice times from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., but practices will not be permitted.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31: The track will be open for regular practice hours from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with practice sessions permitted.
During the project, the MJC has stated that it will reimburse the shipping costs of horses wishing to travel to Pimlico Racecourse for training purposes only.