The Maryland Jockey Club outlined a change in the training schedule at Laurel to accommodate a maintenance project on the main track. Expected to take a week, depending on weather. the project is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Aug. 23. According to MJC Track Superintendent Chris Bosley, the work involves a section of the homestretch that was repaired in the fall of 2021. An inspection that was part of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority's Racetrack Safety Program, which began July 1, determined that the area requires further review. Racing at Laurel concludes Aug. 21, with live racing taking place at the Maryland State Fair at Timonium for two weeks before moving to Pimlico for three weeks. During the project, the MJC will reimburse shipping costs for horses that travel to Pimlico for workouts only.
TUESDAY, AUG. 23: Training from 5-9 a.m. with one break from 7-7:30 a.m.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24 – THURSDAY, AUG. 25: No training -maintenance project begins.
FRIDAY, AUG. 26 – SUNDAY, AUG. 28: Dogs will be set up around the track for horses to gallop the right way only with no backing up, no joggers and no free ponying. Normal training hours of 5:30-10:30 a.m. will be in place. Gate schooling, standing only, no breaking.
MONDAY, AUG. 29: Dogs will still be up with galloping the right way only with no backing up, no joggers and no free ponying. Training hours will be 5-9 a.m. with one break from 7-7:30 a.m.
TUESDAY, AUG. 30: The entire track will be available for horses with regular training hours of 5:30-10:30 a.m., but workouts won't be permitted.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31: The track will be open for regular training hours of 5:30-10:30 a.m. with workouts permitted.