The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and Maryland Jockey Club announced the addition of racing days over the next several months to make up for multiple cancellations in the winter and early spring because of weather conditions and equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) restrictions.
MJC earlier announced that the Spring Stakes Spectacular program originally scheduled for Apr. 17 at Laurel Park has been moved to the following Apr. 24.
Racing will be held April 17-19 instead of Apr. 15-18. Extra races listed for Thursday, Apr. 15, will move to Saturday, Apr. 17, while the program slated for Friday, Apr. 16, has been moved to Monday, Apr. 19. The Laurel Park spring meet ends Sunday, May 2.
Only horses stabled at Laurel Park are eligible to enter and race through the end of the EHV-1 quarantine Apr. 17. The quarantine at Pimlico Race Course is scheduled to end Apr. 12.
Live racing had been scheduled for three days a week–Friday through Sunday—at Laurel Park in June and July. Seven Thursday programs have been added June 3, 10, 17 and 24; and July 1, 8 and 15. The summer meet concludes with racing on a Friday-through-Sunday schedule until Aug. 22.
Pimlico will race 15 days from May 5-31. The Laurel summer meet begins Thursday, June 3.