$2.3M in purses for Laurel in fall receives approval Filly stakes race moves to Maryland from Virginia

August 27, 1998|By Kent Baker

The Maryland Racing Commission approved this week a $2.29 million stakes outlay for Laurel Park's fall meeting.

That is $100,000 more than last year because of the shift of the Safely Kept Stakes, a six-furlong filly race, from Colonial Downs, Va. It is scheduled here Nov. 7.

The total does not include purses for the Maryland Million on Oct. 17, the fall meeting's highlight.

Commissioners also received affidavits from Leucadia National Corp. that detail its holdings in Laurel Park and Pimlico. Leucadia said it owns 50 percent of the Laurel Racing Association Inc. stock but less than half the voting stock. It has a minority interest in Pimlico on both sides.

A question was raised about the safety of jockeys' valets because of horses being tended by inexperienced grooms in the paddock, but no action was taken.

The commission also heard a proposal to waive the 30-day waiting period for open claiming.

Pub Date: 8/27/98

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