After not closing its gates to live racing because of winter weather considerations for nearly two years, Laurel Park will be closed today for the second time in 11 days.
With a forecast for snow, sleet and freezing rain, the Maryland Jockey Club canceled today's live racing program, just as it did Feb. 14, when the area was hit with sleet and snow. Before that, the track had not closed for winter conditions since Feb. 24, 2005.
"We thought it was in the best interest of all the parties - the horses, the horsemen, the jockeys and our fans - to cancel in advance as we did a week and a half ago," said Lou Raffetto, MJC president and chief operating officer, who made the announcement yesterday afternoon.
"Making the decision [when he did] allows everyone to make plans accordingly and not get caught short at the last minute."
Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course will be open for simulcasting. The next live racing date is Wednesday.