The upcoming Laurel Park fall meet offered by the Maryland Jockey Club will feature $4.42 million in purses spread out through 44 stakes races. Highlights of the fall meet include four graded events, a retirement tribute to four-time Maryland Horse of the Year Ben’s Cat, and the Maryland Million program.
The 60-day meet will run from September 8 through December 31, with racing taking place on Fridays through Sundays in September, and Thursdays through Sundays starting in October and will stick with that schedule until the end. Special holiday cards will be held on Columbus Day (October 9) and December 26. There won’t be any racing on Christmas Day.
“We’re looking forward to an incredible fall and winter season of racing,” said Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra. “Horsemen throughout North America continue to support our program. Bettors are seeing bigger fields, more competitive racing, and our world-class turf course is bringing some of the country’s top grass horses here.
“The Maryland Million remains one of our best days of racing and a very special day for all of Maryland. We’re also excited about the Baltimore/Washington International Turf Cup, which will serve as a forerunner to the DC International, and the De Francis, which attracts some of the country’s top sprinters.”
The October 31 Jim McKay Million Day card, also known as “Maryland’s Day at the Races” returns for its 32nd year. The card tends to bring the spectators to the track, and this year it will feature 11 stakes races with over $1 million in purses, with the $150,000 Classic topping them all.
Laurel Park is currently in the midst of hosting its summer meet, which ends on August 20.