Highlighted by a Winter Carnival program featuring the GIII Barbara Fritchie S. and GIII General George S., as well as the start of Maryland's series for 3-year-olds leading up to the 149th GI Preakness S., Laurel Park will offer 17 stakes worth $1.8 million in purses during its 2024 winter meet.
The 38-day winter meet begins Friday, Jan. 5, running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Saturday, Mar. 30. Daily post time is 12:25 p.m. There will be no live racing Easter Sunday, Mar. 31.
Stakes action kicks off Jan. 20 with the Fire Plug S. and What a Summer S. The seven-furlong Spectacular Bid S. Jan. 27 kicks off Maryland's series of stakes for 3-year-olds on the road to the Preakness, Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, at Pimlico. It is accompanied by the Xtra Heat S. at six furlongs, the first local prep for 3-year-old fillies en route to the GII Black-Eyed Susan S. Preakness eve.
Winter Carnival is set for Saturday, Feb. 17 led by a pair of Grade III events: the $200,000 Barbara Fritchie S. for fillies and mares 4 and up and the $200,000 General George for 4-year-olds and up, both sprinting seven furlongs.
Maryland's second series of races for sophomores will be hosted Saturday, Feb. 24. Highlighted by the $100,000 Miracle Wood S. and $100,000 Wide Country S.
The winter meet stakes schedule wraps up Saturday, Mar. 23 with the $100,000 Private Terms S. for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles and the $100,000 Beyond the Wire S. for 3-year-old fillies.