The Maryland Jockey Club announced policy changes Friday at Laurel Park in response to Maryland Governor Hogan’s authorization to enter into Phase 2 of the state’s Roadmap to Recovery plan.
Effective Saturday, June 6, a limited number of owners will be permitted to watch races from the track apron while adhering to the COVID-19 mitigation protocols already in place at the track.
Owners must enter the facility at the Clockers’ entrance and must display a Maryland Racing Commission badge. The MJC has requested that owners watch their horses race and then leave to allow other owners access for their races. The grandstand and clubhouse will remain closed and paddock and winner’s circle access will not be allowed at this time.
Additionally, effective Friday, June 12, shippers from out of state will be permitted to race at Laurel. Entries for the June 12 program will be taken Monday, June 8. All shippers must go to the receiving barn, and access will be limited to one trainer and one groom. Races will continue to be limited to Maryland-based jockeys who competed when live racing resumed May 30-June 1.