Laurel Park’s winter meet will feature 24 stakes worth $2.65 million. The highlight of the schedule is the $250,000 GII General George S. and the $250,000 GIII Runhappy Barbara Fritchie S., both to be run Feb. 13. Laurel’s winter stakes schedule will also include two new stakes races to be run Jan. 16–the $100,000 Spectacular Bid S. for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs and the $100,000 Xtra Heat S. for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs. The $75,000 Not For Love S. and $75,000 Conniver for Maryland-bred/sired horses, not raced earlier this year due to Covid restrictions, will return Mar. 13.
Laurel Park’s Apr. 17 program will feature the $125,000 Frederico Tesio S., a ‘Win & In’ for Triple Crown nominated horses to the GI Preakness S., and the $125,000 Weber City S., a ‘Win & In’ for the GII Black-Eyed Susan S.
“We’re optimistic about our winter racing season and believe this stakes schedule will provide us with some big weekends and a lot of strong cards and competitive races,” said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club.