Pimlico dirt track maintenance will alter training
Weather permitting, the Maryland Jockey Club is planning to suspend training at Pimlico Race Course Tuesday, April 18, and Wednesday, April 19, for a maintenance project on the dirt surface. The project requires removal of material from the surface and the addition of more than 500 tons of clay that will be screened on site similar to the project at Laurel Park the last week of March. In addition, Stanley Concrete must replace two drainage pipes in between the dirt track and turf course and begin blacktopping in and around the harrow yard.
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.