Protocols at the Horsemen’s Gate during live racing at Laurel Park

The Maryland Jockey Club has issued the following protocols for horsemen when they access Laurel Park through the Horsemen’s Gate during live racing. The protocols are effective May 30 when live racing resumes. 

  • Everyone entering through the Horsemen’s Gate must have a face covering and their Maryland Racing Commission badge. There are no exceptions.

  • Everyone will have their temperature checked as the enter. 
  • The trainer or their representative responsible for saddling the horse will be the only person allowed through the Horsemen’s Gate for their specific race. Once the race is finished, they must leave immediately through the Horsemen’s Gate. 
  • A racing official will be stationed at the Horsemen’s Gate to collect papers, coggins, colors, checks for the bookkeeper, or anything else that needs to go to the Racing Office. 
  • The claims box will be with the racing official at the Horsemen’s Gate, where a claim must still be dropped 10 minutes to post. No one will be allowed past the gate to observe the horses in the paddock. 
  • Any money that needs to get to the Horsemen’s Bookkeeper must either be wired (instructions are on the Laurel website) or be in the form of an official bank check made out to the Maryland Thoroughbred Purse Account and given to the racing official at the Horsemen's Gate. 
  • Please call the Racing Office if you are in need of papers or colors or anything else so we may get it out to the racing official at the Horsemen’s Gate. 
  • No family members, guests, owners, or jockey agents will be allowed through the Horsemen’s Gate. 
  • All grooms must have a MRC badge and face coverings once they leave the receiving barn or their respective barns to head to the paddock for their race. 

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