- Published: Friday, 30 September 2022 13:33
The Maryland Jockey Club, with approval from the MTHA, will move three Thursday racing dates to Mondays in November.
Programs scheduled for Nov. 3, 10 and 17 will move to Nov. 7, 14 and 21, respectively. As usual, there will be live racing Thursday, Nov. 24, which is Thanksgiving Day.
The original plan included October as well, but logistically the four programs could not be switched in time. MJC Acting President Mike Rogers said he wants to see whether pari-mutuel handle grows on Mondays when Parx Racing, another Mid-Atlantic track, offers live racing, and there are fewer overall signals.
Rogers said he would have preferred a larger sample size, but that if it proves a success, the MJC would look at racing Mondays when there are four-day race weeks in 2023.
The MTHA Board of Directors at its meeting Sept. 29 voted to request that next year’s racing schedule only be approved through May given uncertainty over the timeline of the redevelopment of both Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course.