MJC Updates Mrc On Surface, Negotiations
The Maryland Jockey Club provided the Maryland Racing Commission April 4 with an update on the recent dirt surface renovation project at Laurel Park and ongoing negotiations with the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Horse Breeders Association regarding a new racing agreement.
“We did fairly significant maintenance work,” MJC Acting President Mike Rogers said. “We scraped the cushion from the half-mile pole to the quarter-mile pole. The integrity of the base is extremely sound.”
The Preakness Stakes post-position draw will be held Monday, May 15, at Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore and will include a public concert by English musician John Waite, who is known for his many popular songs in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
After days of negotiations, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Horse Breeders Association reached an agreement with the Maryland Jockey Club on hiring consultant John Passero to examine the Laurel Park dirt surface and make recommendations for its improvement in the wake of a string of equine injuries during training and racing.