05/24/2017 12:22PM

Laurel will offer 21 stakes worth $1.67 million during summer meet


The Maryland Jockey Club has scheduled 21 stakes worth a total of $1.67 million for the Laurel Park summer meet. The 33-day stand begins June 9 and runs through Aug. 20.

Eight of the stakes are for Maryland-bred and/or Maryland-sired horses. Another eight are for Virginia-bred and/or Virginia-sired runners.

The Virginia-restricted races are pending final approval by the Maryland Racing Commission.

The richest race of the season is the $100,000 Stormy Blues, a 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint for 3-year-old fillies on July 15. The other 20 stakes are each worth $75,000.

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The June 24 card will have six stakes, four Virginia restricted and two Maryland restricted. The Aug. 5 card will have four more races for Virginia runners, and the Aug. 19 program will have four stakes for Maryland horses.