- 15 Mar
As the first new 150-stall barn at Laurel Park nears completion and those at the Bowie Training Center move closer to being relocated, Stronach Group C.O.O. Tim Ritvo and MJC Vice President and General Manager Sal Sinatra provided answers to many questions horsemen may have about the changes.
When do you expect the first 150-stall barn to be completed at Laurel Park?
SINATRA: “The target date is the first of April. With the weather, the last snowstorm, we might be a tad behind.”
When will the second 150-stall barn be started?
SINATRA: “The land is being cleared now. The plan right now is to start building in May.”
What about tack rooms, wash stalls and everything else that goes into that project being completed?
SINATRA: “We are looking to purchase external tack rooms, completed buildings that will be dropped outside the barns. We’re pricing them now and I suspect they’ll be delivered within two weeks of purchase. By the time the barns are completed and I get the COs [Certificates of Occupancy], they’ll be there. Before we can finish the wash stalls and showers, the structure needs to be completed and the pipes need to be run to connect with the sewage system. But it all has to be done by the time the barns are occupied and our date for completion is the first of April or a week from that date.”
When will Bowie close?
RITVO: “We don’t even like using the word closed. We like to think of it as a remodel. We have to scale back operations, look at the facility and decide what to do with it."