Pimlico to add two weeks racing

June 22, 1996|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Under a revised racing schedule, Pimlico Race Course will receive two more weeks of live action at the end of its late-summer meeting.

After the Labor Day finish of the annual two-week stand at Timonium, Pimlico will resume Friday, Sept. 6, and continue through Sunday, Oct. 6.

Originally, the Baltimore track was to conclude its meeting Sept. 21.

"The extension allows us to have a break before and after Timonium," said John Mooney, chief operations officer of the Maryland Jockey Club. "It will also keep us in compliance with the 90-day rule."

Under state law, live racing must be conducted for a minimum of 90 days at Pimlico.

Laurel reopens for live events Tuesday, Oct. 8. The Maryland Million card will be the held the following Saturday.

Mooney said as of this time he "does not expect any stakes [races] to be affected by the changes. We'll probably add a couple of overnights at Pimlico and set back the Laurel stakes [including the Laurel Futurity] for one week."

Shopping around for odds

The Maryland Jockey Club will offer fans a rare opportunity to "shop the odds" on tomorrow's Grade 2, $300,000 Ohio Derby from Thistledown.

Laurel Park and the simulcast centers and off-track betting outlets will be carrying the race through Churchill Downs, Monmouth Park and Louisiana Downs.

Patrons will be able to choose one of the three sites to bet -- depending on the odds. The race will be in the various programs as the 12th at Monmouth and the 11th at Churchill and Louisiana Downs.

Miscellaneous

Steeplechase racing returns to Laurel next week with two events scheduled both Tuesday and Wednesday. Three jump events were wiped out by weather earlier this week. . . . Veteran trainer Vinnie Blengs was hospitalized earlier this week, but called in yesterday to check on the fortunes of two horses he had entered. One, Remember Cass, won the seventh race. . . . The Maryland Horse Breeders Association is holding its 62nd annual show for yearlings tomorrow, starting at 10 a.m., at the Timonium Fairgrounds. . . . Racing on the Laurel turf course has been halted until further notice because of recent heavy rains. That includes today's feature, the $50,000-added Very Subtle Breeders' Cup at six furlongs.

Pub Date: 6/22/96

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