Winter schedule announced for Laurel Park
Laurel Park's winter meet will begin Jan. 1 and include 46 racing days over 13 weeks, the Maryland Jockey Club, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Maryland Horse Breeders Association announced. The plan still needs to be approved by the Maryland Racing Commission at its Dec. 17 meeting. The Barbara Fritchie Handicap on Feb. 15 and the General George Handicap two days later headline the 16-stakes program, which includes racing Thursdays through Saturdays with holiday exceptions for the first eight weeks. Wednesday racing will be added in late February for the balance of the meet. Racing will shift to Pimlico Race Course for the spring meeting, which will run April 3 to June 7, Belmont Stakes day. The 35-day stand will feature the 139th running of the Preakness, the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown on Saturday, May 17. For more details, go to laurelpark.com.
Saturday: Tim Keefe Eighttofasttocatch, who has earned more than $850,000 during his career, heads a field of 10 in Saturday's Broad Brush Stakes, one of three stakes races on Laurel's nine-race program. The $100,000 test is at 11/8 miles on the main track. The winner of his past two starts at Laurel Park, the Maryland Million Classic (Oct. 19) and the Jennings Handicap (Nov. 16), Eighttofasttocatch is set to break from the extreme outside post under Forest Boyce. MJC oddsmaker Keith Feustle has made Eighttofasttocatch the 9-5 morning line favorite.