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Laurel Park Timed Workouts Put On Hold While Track Surface Evaluated

The Maryland Jockey Club issued the following media advisory on Wednesday evening concerning the dirt racing surface at Laurel Park and a temporary halt to timed workouts while an assessment is done on replacing the track's cushion.

“1/ST RACING and the Maryland Jockey Club, as part of regular track maintenance protocols, have identified that the main track at Laurel Park has not responded sufficiently to the necessary repairs following wintertime cushion changes,” the statement reads.

“While we work to assess cushion replacement options in consultation with Dr. Mick Peterson from the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, the track will be available for gallopers only, tomorrow morning, Thursday, April 15.  No workouts will be permitted until further notice.

“Dennis Moore, 1/ST Racing's senior Track Superintendent and MJC's Chris Bosley will work directly with Dr. Peterson to oversee the assessment.  We anticipate more complete project details during the day on April 15 and will be sure to provide relevant updates in a timely manner. We appreciate the impact this will have on our horsemen and we thank you in advance for your patience and trust.”

Laurel is scheduled to resume racing on Saturday.

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