- 03 Jul
After a trial run a week earlier, Laurel Park on June 22 began officially recording the weight of each horse as it entered the paddock for the racing program.
Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra explained that grooms are now asked to go to the scale on the right when they enter the paddock and allow horses to stand on the scale for about four seconds. The weight is recorded and shown on the Laurel simulcast graphics before each race.
Sinatra said Equibase will begin publishing horses’ weights in its past performances for Laurel races. Recording of weights is a project of The Stronach Group, which owns Laurel.