08/12/2014 1:38PM

Laurel Park adds 10 stakes for Maryland, Virginia runners


Ten stakes have been added to the Laurel Park stakes schedule that was announced July 15. Five of the stakes are for Maryland-bred and/or -sired horses, and the other five are for Virginia-bred and/or -sired runners.

The Maryland-restricted races are the All Brandy Stakes (Sept. 6), the Jameela Stakes (Sept. 27), the Jennings Handicap (Dec. 6), the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship (Dec. 26), and the Maryland Juvenile Championship (Dec. 27).

The stakes will offer purses of $125,000 for Maryland-bred and -sired horses or $100,000 for Maryland-breds.

The Virginia-restricted stakes will be run at Laurel because Colonial Downs did not race this year due to a nasty disagreement between track management and the horsemen over racing dates.

The five Virginia stakes will be run on turf Sept. 13 and will offer purses of $60,000 each. The stakes are the Jamestown, the Punch Line, the Oakley, the Bert Allen, and the Brookmeade.

The 65-day Laurel Park meet will begin Friday, Sept. 5. The season highlights are the Fall Festival of Racing, which will be topped by the $350,000 Frank De Francis Dash on Nov. 15, and Maryland Million Day on Oct. 18.