Refitted Laurel will reopen Friday

January 25, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

As soon as the last race was over at Laurel yesterday, workmen began tearing out old mutuel machines in order to replace them with new Spectrum 2000 terminals.

The track will be shut down through Thursday so that the pari-mutuel system can be installed and tested.

General manager Jim Mango said that a 45-man crew will work almost around the clock.

"We should have the installation done by [Monday] morning," Mango said. "Then we go through the procedure of testing all [computer] hardware and software. At the same time, new electrical and telephone lines are being put in."

The procedure is being done simultaneously at Pimlico.

All installation and computer checks should be done by Thursday, when officials will simulate the running of a racing card.

During that time, about 350 mutuel employees will take training classes.

The track reopens Friday. Post time is 12:30 p.m.

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