Racing Authority to address surfaces, racehorse safety at Oct. 20 meeting
The Maryland Thoroughbred Racetrack Operating Authority, as part of its mission to provide the state General Assembly with a roadmap for the future of racing and breeding in the state, on Oct. 20 will address racing surfaces and racehorse safety.
The public meeting will begin at 12 p.m. and can be viewed at the following link: meet.google.com/mdq-bvuc-kyz. There will be a public comment period after several presentations and before a closed session during which consultants will discuss "potential investment of funds in private property."
Presentations will be made by Jim Lawson, the Woodbine Entertainment Chief Executive Officer who will discuss the facility's synthetic Tapeta surface; Glen Kozak, the Executive Vice President of Operations and Capital Projects for the New York Racing Association who will address Tapeta, racing surfaces in general, and the future of racing surfaces in Thoroughbred racing; and Lisa Lazarus, CEO of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority.
Laurel Park in 2023 was able to host 273 turf races, the most since 2019 and the highest number among all racetracks in the Mid-Atlantic region.