Live racing is set to resume at Laurel Race Course today after a string of eight weather-related cancellations.
Track superintendent John Passero met with representatives of the Jockeys' Guild about 12:30 p.m. yesterday. "They took a walk around the track, checked it out and then John informed me that it's a go for today," said Laurel/Pimlico general manager John E. Mooney. "I'm sure with all the melting, they will take another look at it [this morning], but I don't foresee any problems."
Lenny Hale, vice president of racing, said horses trained at Laurel and Pimlico yesterday, but not at Bowie. "But Bowie should be open" this morning, Hale said. "At Laurel, there were a lot of horses out on the track and [trainer] Billy Turner even worked [speed drills] four of his horses."
Hale said that the twice-canceled Northern Wolf Stakes has been scrapped. "Essentially most of the horses that would have gone in it are in our feature today and then the same group [of older sprinters] will go back next weekend in the J. Edgar Hoover Handicap," Hale said.
He added that the Native Dancer Handicap will be run Saturday and the Maryland Racing Writers' Handicap on Sunday.
Horse legislative plans
The Maryland Horse Coalition, comprised of various segments of the state's racing industry, met in Annapolis yesterday to discuss plans for the current legislative session. Among the proposals: more harness racing days for Rosecroft Raceway and allowing the thoroughbreds to simulcast after 6:15 p.m. with less restrictive conditions. The thoroughbreds now split nighttime simulcast revenues with the harness tracks and after 7:30 p.m. bets can only be made via automatic-teller machines.