Laurel is complementing its full-card simulcast of the 10th Breeders' Cup today with an "early bird" program of eight live races.
Live racing will begin at 10:30 a.m. and end by the 1:55 p.m. start of the Breeders' Cup opener, the $1 million Sprint.
Included on the local card will be the 28th running of the $100,000 Chrysanthemum Handicap, a 1 1/8 -mile test on the turf for older fillies and mares.
That feature is likely to be switched from the grass -- left soggy by recent rains -- to the main track.
Ratings, who finished second in the Maryland Million Ladies, is the early 3-to-1 favorite in the Chrysanthemum. Her conqueror on Million Day, Mz. Zill Bear, and the 1991 winner of this stakes, Grab The Green, are also scheduled to run.
Laurel will offer simulcast wagering on the full program from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., which includes three races not on the Breeders' Cup agenda. Breeders' Cup wagering will be accepted beginning at 9:45 a.m.
The Maryland simulcast schedule also includes three races from Aqueduct, eight from Philadelphia Park and 11 harness events from Freehold Raceway.
G; Laurel will also participate in the national Pick-7 and
the Classic Trifecta wagering.
Effective this weekend, Laurel will offer no live Sunday racing, but will continue to offer full-card simulcast betting from other tracks. Currently, those are Aqueduct, Santa Anita, Calder and Philadelphia Park.
Wednesdays -- which had been dark -- will offer live racing beginning this Wednesday. Wednesday programs will be drawn on Saturday with a 9 a.m. Tuesday scratch time.
Apprentice jockey Wilfredo Lozano has been suspended for seven days starting today for his ride on Chaos Lady in the third race Thursday.
Chaos Lady finished first, but was disqualified for drifting in through the stretch and impeding Fireofice, who was on the rail. Lozano's horse was placed fifth -- behind Fireofice.
Renowned equine artist Pierre (PEB) Bello of the Daily Racing Form will be at Laurel Thursday to autograph his posters. Proceeds will go to charity. . . . The popular Breeders' Cup seminar will be held at 9:30 a.m. today on the first floor of the clubhouse with Clem Florio presiding. . . . Edgar Prado won three of the final four races yesterday to again widen his extensive lead in the jockey standings. He has 50 winners in 162 mounts at this meet (31 percent). King Leatherbury had one winner yesterday to stretch his trainers' lead to 15-11 over Dale Capuano. . . . Veteran jockey Joe Rocco has been released from the hospital after testing and treatment for internal injuries. But no date has been set for his return to riding.