De Francis Dash Moves to Laurel Summer Meet


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Laurel Park's summer meet stakes schedule–anchored by the repositioned $150,000 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash–features 14 stakes worth $1.3 million. The six-furlong DeFrancis has been moved from its traditional spot on Laurel's fall calendar and will be run July 16 this year.

Joining the De Francis on the July 16 program are the $100,000 Alma North S., the $100,000 Big Dreyfus S., and the $100,000 Prince George's County S. All four races are part of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship (MATCH) Series.

The 37-day summer meet opens Friday and continues through Aug. 21. Racing will be conducted Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer meet, with a post time of 12:40 p.m. There will be a special Independence Day holiday program Monday, July 4.

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