LAUREL -- Laurel and Pimlico race courses will simulcast one race a day from Saratoga, Thursdays through Sundays, beginning today and continuing for the rest of the Saratoga meeting, which ends Aug. 28.
There will be nine live races and one simulcast Thursdays and Fridays and 10 live races and two simulcasts on Saturdays and Sundays.
The move was made because it is becoming extremely difficult to fill 10 live races a day with competition from six other thoroughbred tracks in the Middle Atlantic area. Tuesday, two horses were scratched from the 10th race at Laurel, and the triple, which is usually bet on the last race, had to scratched.
Today's simulcast from Saratoga will be the 90th running of the $100,000 Saratoga Special, a six-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds. Tactical Advantage, to be ridden by Julie Krone, and Kissin Kris, with Mike Smith aboard, are the likely favorites.
On Sunday at Laurel, in addition to the featured $40,000 %J Rollicking Stakes to be run at six furlongs for 2-year-old fillies, fans will be able to bet on the $500,000 Haskell Invitational, a 1 1/8 -mile race for 3-year-olds from Monmouth Park, and the $150,000 Jim Dandy Stakes, also for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles, from Saratoga.
Live cards at Rosecroft
Rosecroft Raceway, which had planned to be dark the month of August, has decided to run live cards on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and have simulcasts of Delmarva Downs races from Wednesdays through Sundays.
When Colt Enterprises purchased Rosecroft last October, the new management decided to race on a limited basis during August. Five nights of live racing will resume in September.
Krone records a first
Krone, who got her start riding on the Maryland circuit, became the first woman to win a meet riding title when she finished the Belmont Park season with 73 victories in 370 mounts.