07/14/2004 12:00AM

Pimlico track report


Pimlico will switch to a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule when it reopens on July 31 for a 16-day summer meet.

Eight races will be run Thursdays and Fridays, with nine carded on Saturdays and Sundays. A Maryland-bred stakes race will be scheduled for the four Saturday cards of the short meet, which concludes Aug. 27.

After the eight-day Timonium State Fair meet, live racing will resume at Pimlico on Sept. 9 for a four-week summer-fall meet, also on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule.

* Veteran jockey Rick Wilson continues to recuperate at home from severe injuries he sustained when he was kicked in the head by his mount, Advance to Go, on May 8 at Pimlico.

"We really haven't talked about what his future plans are," said Wilson's agent, John Salzman Jr. "We'll wait to have that conversation, but he's looking into other things, such as working for the Jockeys' Guild or becoming a steward."

Wilson, 50, ranks 20th on the all-time wins list with 4,939 victories.

* Work continues on the backstretch and racing surfaces at Laurel Park as part of a $10 million renovation project, which includes widening the main track and the turf course. The width of the grass course will be expanded from 75 to 142 feet, and the dirt course will be increased from 75 to 95 feet.

The Maryland Jockey Club expects live racing to return at Laurel during the first full week of October for the fall meet.