Laurel Park in Laurel, Maryland (photo courtesy of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, taken April 2021)
What started as something officials called “routine maintenance” that would suspend training at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md., For a day on November 29 has turned into a much more serious situation. which could result in race cancellations this week, according to Thoroughbred Daily News.
Seven horses have died at Laurel since Nov. 6, TDN reports, four from injuries in racing and three during training. Several of the deaths occurred midway, where track maintenance crews and the consultants concentrated their efforts on examining the surface.
Laurel Park’s main track was replaced earlier this year, closing in April after failing to respond satisfactorily to repairs to the winter cushions. Racing was urgently moved to Pimlico while a multi-million dollar project replaced the main track cushion, base and substructure. It reopened for racing in September.
Alan Foreman, who represents the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, said TDN’s live racing schedule on Friday could be in jeopardy. Stronach Group, which owns Laurel and Pimlico, brought in California consultant Dennis Moore to examine the surface. The Riders hired former Maryland Jockey Club track director John Passero to offer his perspective.
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