01/23/2015 9:31AM

Track conditions prompt Laurel to cancel Friday card


Laurel Park has canceled its Friday card due to an uneven racing surface caused by a freeze-thaw weather pattern this week.

“The track is freezing at night and thawing during the afternoon. It is just uneven,” said Sal Sinatra, general manager of the Maryland Jockey Club, which operates Laurel. “Until we can get some consistency, with it being either above freezing or below freezing for 24-7 where we can work it, we are going to be touch-and-go every day.”

Laurel had to cancel its Martin Luther King holiday card last Monday following freezing rain last Sunday.

Laurel is scheduled to run a pair of $100,000 stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday, the Frank Whiteley Jr. for both sexes and the Marshua’s River for fillies.

Rain and snow is predicted to move into the Baltimore area this afternoon and continue through Saturday morning. Freezing rain is possible. The high temperature in the area is forecast to be 38 degrees Friday with an overnight low of 32.


Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
The goal is never have a breakdown.
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
Thanks for showing GOOD SENSE.
Bill More than 1 year ago
Word from one of the Laurel grounds crew is that racing will be cancelled tomorrow too. Also, he stated that if management would have been more proactive they could have raced today. Only had 1 tractor working to get water out from the track surface. Worker stated if they had 3 tractors working overnight surface would have been good to go today. But why expect management to change and go the extra mile? Track management should be embarrassed to cash their paychecks .
Bill More than 1 year ago
Really,below freezing temps or above freezing temps to have safe race track? Guess we will see live racing in Maryland around May 1! So glad they hired Sal Sinatra to guide Maryland racing back to prominence.
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
it could be worse you could have christopher kay from nyra no racetrack experience(toys r us)