- 16 Nov
The Maryland racing calendar will expand to 162 days of racing at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course in 2017, up from 154 days this year, the Maryland Jockey Club announced. The expansion is a 14 day improvement from 2013.
State racing officials called the calendar a promising marker for the health of Maryland racing, given that many tracks around the country are cutting dates.
"It is an improvement," Maryland Racing Commission chairman John McDaniel said. "This is what we want, to continue to increase racing days."
The racing commission unanimously approved the calendar, which will be highlighted by the 142nd Preakness on May 20 at Pimlico.