LAUREL TRAINING TO BE SUSPENDED WHILE NEW CUSHION IS ADDED

The main track at Laurel Park will be closed for training May 20-22 to allow for the addition of more cushion material.

The project had been planned, but heavy rainfall over the past week or so delayed release of a date for it to commence. Most of the heavy rain is forecast to be out of Maryland by Sunday.

“We’ll be adding and mixing in new material,” said Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra said. “The plan is to add about 25,000 tons, more of it from the crown to the outside of the track, but we need to mix it with the old material for consistency.”

Stanley Concrete, a local company that participated in a major renovation of the Laurel surface during the winter, will lay the material. The track maintenance crew headed by Chris Bosley will work in the material and grade it to make sure its level.

“We want to make it as seamless as possible,” Sinatra said. “The track will be closed three days, but the project will probably take two. We hope to give the track back to the horsemen (for training) on Wednesday.”

Laurel reopens for live racing June 1.

The MJC also noted that Pimlico Race Course will be closed for training May 20, the day after the Preakness Stakes.

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