The annual 10-day race meet at the Timonium Fairgrounds begins today with an 11-race program that includes the first simulcast in the track's 110-year history.
Today's $200,000 Hopeful Stakes from Saratoga Race Course is the first of six out-of-town simulcasts to the five-eighths-mile track. The live feature is the Robert F. Hale Memorial, a $12,000 allowance sprint named for the late father of Georgeanne Hale, Timonium racing secretary. Hale is the only working female racing secretary in the country.
Post time for the first race is 1 p.m.
More than 2,000 tons of sand have been added to the Timonium surface to guard against a washout similar to the one that occurred on opening day last year, said track general manager Max Mosner.
After the 10-day meet that ends Sept. 2, there is a two-day break in the Maryland schedule before racing resumes at Pimlico Race Course on Sept. 5.