Turf Project Continues At Laurel Park

An extensive renovation project on the turf course at Laurel Park is continuing in advance of the planned return of grass racing in mid- to late April.

Track Superintendent Chris Bosley, who provided an update for horsemen March 29, said the four inside lanes of the course have been aerated multiple times. The full six-lane course will be aerated with slightly thinner tines to get down 12 inches below the surface. The Laurel turf also will be seeded; the turf course at Pimlico Race Course already has been seeded and fertilized in advance of the Preakness meet in May.

 

“It’s going to take a little while to get it there and take a while to get it right,” Bosley said.

Steve Koch, The Stronach Group Vice President of Racing who is based in Maryland, said the aeration at Laurel “is very aggressive,” particularly in the first four lanes. The fifth and sixth lanes would be used before the Laurel spring meets ends in early May, and the inside lanes would have time to recover before racing returns to Laurel in early June.

“We are being kinder to the outside lanes,” Koch said.

As for the dirt and turf at Pimlico, Bosley said: “We feel pretty good about it going into the meet” that begins May 6 and ends May 31.

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