The record-setting snowfall that has hit Maryland has forced Maryland Jockey Club officials to cancel live racing for Friday. The inclement weather had already caused the cancellation of four consecutive live cards: Feb. 5-6-10-11.
In addition, Laurel Park will move the $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (Grade II) and the $75,000 John B. Campbell Handicap, scheduled for Saturday at Laurel Park, to Monday. The Monday card will also feature the $150,000 General George Handicap (Grade II) and $75,000 Marshua Stakes.
"We are looking to card quality races but horses have not been able to train since last Friday morning," said Maryland Jockey Club racing secretary Georganne Hale. "The New York trainers have told us they would have trouble shipping down as well. We are trying to make the best out of a bad situation by carding the General George, Fritchie, Campbell and Marshua on the same day."
Hale will move Friday's nine-race program to Saturday. Entries were taken for the Feb. 12 program yesterday.
The Laurel racing office will card Monday's programs on Friday.
Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course will not be offering simulcasting today. A decision on Friday simulcasting will be made today.