LAUREL -- Racing at Laurel Race Course yesterday was called off about 5 a.m. when track officials deemed the track unusable.
"When you have snow following rain, you have snow on top of a sloppy track, and that makes it very hard to scrape away the snow," track president Joe De Francis said. "You run the risk of taking off a couple inches of track cushion. When it's frozen underneath, it's much easier to deal with, but apparently it didn't get cold enough in this area for that to happen.
"Except for the track condition, we were ready to race, but the track is of paramount importance, of course."
At Pimlico Race Course, De Francis said, conditions were such that snow could be scraped off the track, and horses were permitted to train there yesterday morning.