LAUREL, MD. 11-12-13---Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course will conduct 146 days of racing in 2014, the same number that was scheduled the last four years after the Maryland Racing Commission approved an agreement by the Maryland Jockey Club (MJC), Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) and Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) at its monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon at Laurel Park.
The Maryland Jockey Club will conduct a winter meeting at Laurel Park, a spring campaign at Pimlico Race Course and a fall meeting at Laurel Park. There will be no live racing at the major Maryland tracks during the summer.
The 2014 winter meeting will begin Wednesday, Jan. 1 and includes 46 live racing days over an 13-week period with live racing taking place on a Thursday through Saturday schedule with holiday exceptions for the first eight weeks of the year. Wednesday racing will be added in late February for the balance of the meet.
2014 Laurel Park Winter Meeting
Jan. 30-31-Feb. 1
Feb. 26-27-28-Mar. 1
Racing will then shift to Pimlico for the spring meeting, whichwill begin Thursday, Apr. 3 and run through Saturday, June 7, Belmont Stakes day. The 35-day stand will feature the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1), the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown on Saturday, May 17.
After a 12-week break, which will include racing at Timonium during the State Fair, live racing will return to the major tracks on Friday, Sept. 5 at Laurel Park for a 65-day fall meeting.
The 2013 racing season ends Tuesday, Dec. 31.
About Pimlico Race Course
Historic Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel in horse racing's famed Triple Crown, first opened its doors on October 25, 1870, and is the second oldest racetrack in the United States. Pimlico has played host to racing icons and Baltimoreans have seen the likes of legendary horses such as Man o’ War, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Affirmed and Cigar thunder down the stretch in thrilling and memorable competition. For more information on Pimlico, visit www.pimlico.com.
Pimlico Race Course is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.