Regular cards expected Tuesday

January 23, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

The frozen racing strip at Laurel Race Course is starting to thaw out and should be open for racing Tuesday.

Through today, the track has lost eight days of live racing because of the severe winter weather gripping this area.

"We got a break with the warmer temperatures yesterday, and the crews made quite a bit of headway," said John E. Mooney, Laurel/Pimlico's general manager. "We now have a couple of inches of cushion, although the very bottom of the track is still frozen. If we get another day today like yesterday, then we'll be in a lot better shape. What we need is two or three warm afternoons."

Mooney said that superintendent John Passero hopes all three Maryland mile tracks -- Laurel, Pimlico and Bowie -- will be open for training tomorrow. "At least, that's what we're shooting for," Mooney said.

Entries were taken yesterday for Tuesday. The nine-race card is headed by a $25,000 allowance sprint which could mark the return of Majesty's Turn, 1993 winner of the General George Stakes.

In the interim, Laurel and other Maryland wagering outlets are offering full-card simulcasting from warm-weather tracks.

A total of $665,356 was bet Friday, and $1.65 million was wagered yesterday. The tracks and horsemen each receive about 6 percent of those revenues.

Mooney said the lost live racing cards "have been costly to both the track and horsemen. But I think everybody realizes we're doing all we can do to get back running again, especially considering this has been about the most severe winter weather Maryland has had in a long time."

Mooney added that some of the live cards will be made up on Wednesdays. "But we're going to wait to do that until we get better weather," he said.


The Robert Meyerhoff colt, Concern, won a 3-year-old allowance race on Friday's opening card at Oaklawn Park. The horse is one of about a half-dozen runners local trainer Dick Small shipped to the Hot Springs, Ark., track this winter. Concern was ridden by Andrea Seefeldt. . . . Dale Capuano, another Maryland trainer at Oaklawn, has yet to crack the winner's circle but has only run three horses. Capuano's multiple stakes-winning mare, Silver Tango, runs in today's $35,000 Oaklawn feature.

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