03/15/2017 1:32PM

Laurel: Fantasy Owners Day proving to be popular promotion

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There is a lot going on at Laurel Park on Saturday. The track has five stakes, a luncheon for all current owners and breeders, and a Fantasy Owners Day schedule of events for those wanting to learn more about racehorse ownership.

The Fantasy Owners agenda, sponsored by the Maryland Jockey Club, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, and the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, has drawn more interest than originally anticipated, according to Sal Sinatra, president of the Maryland Jockey Club.

“We thought we might get 100 people, but we are way past that,” Sinatra said.

As of Wednesday morning, 268 people had signed up for Fantasy Owners Day. The deadline to reigster is midnight Wednesday.

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Sinatra said he will make a surprise announcement at the 10:30 a.m. Fantasy Owners seminar that he believes the participants will find interesting.

In addition to the seminar, a training-hours session will be held on the grandstand apron at 8:30 a.m. The event includes a free lunch, and everyone registered will be assigned a horse in one of the day’s six overnight races. They will get to meet the horse’s connections and visit the paddock and the winner’s circle.