Frank J De Francis Jr

Free Pie and Live Racing: A Laurel Park Thanksgiving Tradition

Courtesy Maryland Jockey Club No matter the time of year, or the occasion, holiday traditions mean different things to different people. For more than three decades, aside from hosting its annual live race card, Thanksgiving Day has meant only one thing at Laurel Park--pies. Tens of thousands of the tasty treats--apple or pumpkin, take your pick--have been handed out since the late Frank J. De Francis Jr.  purchased Laurel and historic Pimlico Race Course in late 1986. "He's the one that started it, as a way of doing something special...

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