With much of the country plagued by continued winter weather, Laurel Park's Friday card is the latest to fall victim to freezing temperatures and unsafe racing conditions. With freezing rain, snow, and ice in the Mid-Atlantic region Friday, Feb. 19, the Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) has postponed live racing Friday and will run the entire 10-race card Thursday, Feb. 25.
The MJC's OTB network, including Pimlico Race Course, will remain open for simulcasting. However, the weekly national Stronach 5 wager has been cancelled as Laurel was to have hosted the first and third legs, which also included races from Santa Anita, Gulfstream Park, and Golden Gate Fields.
Saturday's card at Laurel, which features six black-type events including the GIII Runhappy Barbara Fritchie S. and the GIII General George S., is expected to be held as the forecast calls for sunshine and a high temperature of 33 degrees.