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Laurel Park

Laurel Park is a horse-racing track in Laurel, Maryland, United States. It opened in 1911, at Laurel Race Track Rd.

History of Laurel Park Race Track

1911 – It was opened on October 2, 1911, under the management of the Laurel Four County Fair. 

1914 – Philip J. Dwyer and James Butler purchased the track and appointed Matt Winn as the general manager. Winn is acknowledged as the man who introduced the Kentucky Derby on the racing map.

1918 – The Army Engineers utilized the field as a training camp. 

1946 – A fire broke out in the stables and fortunately saved 60 horses. 

1947 – The Maryland Jockey Club, owned by Timonium and Pimlico, purchased Laurel Park from the Butler estate to shift the Pimlico meeting to Laurel. However, Maryland General Assembly rejected the idea. Hence, the track was sold in 1950 to Morris Schapiro, who appointed his youngest son, John D. Schapiro as the new track president.

1950 – Under the Schapiro era, they renamed Laurel Park to Laurel Race Course, and the Washington, D.C. International was introduced at 1 1⁄2 miles on the turf. 

1953 – The track also opened a new clubhouse and turf club.

1954 – Another stable fire occurred and only saved 14 horses. 

1959 – Laurel Park race track extended its turf course from seven furlongs to one mile and the main track from one mile to one mile and one-eighth to prepare for the International race.

1964 – The management also remodeled the grandstand and the turf. However, another fire broke out and killed 34 horses. 

1966 – Laurel again renovated its clubhouse and grandstand to host winter racing in 1966.

1982 – The track installed an air conditioning system in the grandstand and clubhouse when Laurel Park was granted summer racing dates in 1982.

1984 – The 34-year Schapiro era ended when governor Harry Hughes’s selection purchased it for Economic Development secretary Frank J. De Francis and his partners, Robert and John “Tommy” Manfuso.

1985 The innovative Laurel project was created and introduced by the Sports Palace. It is a facility innovation that creates an environment of the combined ambiance of a plush casino and state-of-the-art technology. It featured computerized handicapping and a video racing library. 

1986 – Another refurbishment to the racetrack, renovating the first floor of the clubhouse. The club bar and concession stands were improved with black marble, brass, and neon accents. It also enhanced the three dining rooms, the Silks Room, the Ruffian Room, and the Sky Suite Club. 

1987 – The Laurel Park Race track underwent enhancement and modernized the second floor of the clubhouse. It added two new cinema theaters on the clubhouse’s second level and the other on the grandstand mezzanine.

1988 – Inter-track wagering commenced at Laurel in early 1988.

1989 – Frank DeFrancis died in August, so his son Joe DeFrancis served as president of Laurel and Pimlico.

1994 – During Joe DeFrancis’s management, the track’s name returned to its original name, “Laurel Park,” and underwent another renovation project. It added Public Relations under the direction of Karin De Francis.

1997 – The racetrack had major enhancements in its main entrance, grandstand interior, and backstretch barns. 

1998The Laurel Park race track rebuilt the nine-furlong racing strip.

2004 – Another massive refurbishment occurred, so they closed the backstretch and racing surfaces at Laurel Park from mid-June 2004 to early January 2005 to widen both racing surfaces.

2009 – Despite the major improvements, Laurel Park racetrack went bankrupt in 2009. Hence, it was bought by the Stronach Group, the track’s current owner, until its current physical appearance.

2010Penn National Gaming and MI Developments started joint ownership of the Maryland Jockey Club for the operation of Laurel Park. 

2011The Stronach Group purchased Penn National’s minority ownership of the Maryland Jockey Club in June. In May, Frank Stronach surrendered the management of MI Development in exchange for Magna’s former gaming assets, bestowing him control over Laurel Park. 

2013 – After failing to establish slot machine gambling, Laurel Park owners (Stronach Group) publicized their plans to utilize the Maryland Racetrack Facility Redevelopment Account. They planned to use it to finance year-round racing, facility enhancements, and a tunnel under the adjacent B&O railroad tracks, connecting to Laurel Park Station on the Howard County portion of the Racetrack property.

2018 – The track started using a GPS-based timing system. 

2019 – Part of the agreement between The Stronach Group and the city of Baltimore is the Stronach Group would offer both Pimlico and Laurel Park to newly established government entities that would supervise the properties, with Stronach licensed to host the race meets. Laurel’s grandstand was demolished and replaced with a new one, with new dirt, synthetic, and grass surfaces for racing. They also installed new housing for backstretch workers and new barns. 

2021 – Laurel’s spring racing dates were shifted to Pimlico Race Course because of Laurel’s main track surface issues.

Track Details and Other Facilities

Track Details

  • 🐎Dirt Track
    • It is a 1 and 1/8 mile oval. 
    • It has a 7 1/2 furlong chute to the first finish line.
    • It has one turn mile chute to the second finish line.
    • 1,089 feet  is the length of the stretch from the last turn to the first finish line.
    • 1,419 feet  is the length of the stretch from the last turn to the second finish line.
    • 95 feet is the width of the track.
  • 🐎Turf Track
    • It is 1 mile.
    • The stretch length is 1,089 feet to the finish line.
    • The width of the turf is 142 feet.
    • Turf Composition is sandy loam.
    • 90% turf-type tall fescue and 10% bluegrass.
    • Grass height maintained at 4 inches during the racing season.
    • Turf Courses (rail location and name):
      • On the rail – All Along
      • 17 feet out – Bowl Game
      • 35 feet out – Kelso
      • 52 feet out – Dahlia
      • 70 feet out – Exceller
      • 87 feet out – Fort Marcy

Other Facilities

  • 🐎Stable Area
    • It has 1058 stalls.
    • It has 165 rooms for accommodations.
    • Track kitchen located off backstretch between 1/2 mile pole and 3/8 pole.
  • 🐎Mechanical-Electronic Equipment
  • 🐎Police 
    • Anne Arundel County Police
    • Booth on the first floor of the grandstand.
  • 🐎First Aid  
    • Doctor and Nurse in attendance.
    • Office on the main floor of the grandstand.
  • 🐎Jockey’s Quarters 
    • Situated next to the racing secretary’s office across from the paddock.
  • 🐎Betting Windows 
    • It has 350 automated teller machines.
  • 🐎Meetings, Events & Conferences
    • It measures 40,000 sq. ft.
    • It is a non-traditional event space.
    • It can host up to 600 guests.
  • 🐎Catering & Events Menus
    • GIII-service event and menu planning service. 
  • 🐎Dining
    • Tips Restaurant 
      • It is located at the First Floor Clubhouse.
      • Open Hours
        • Friday to Sunday at 11:30 am
    • Tycoons Restaurant And Bar
      • It is located at the First Floor Clubhouse.
      • It features 30 televisions.
      • It is the primary restaurant for the simulcasting.
      • Open Hours
        • Friday to Sunday at 11:30 am.
  • 🐎Sports Book
    • It is located at the Second Floor Clubhouse
    • Open Hours
      • Saturday to Sunday at 11:30 am.
  • 🐎Stone Bar
    • It is located at the First Floor Grandstand.
    • Open Hours
      • Friday to Sunday at 11:30 am.
  • 🐎Concessions Area
    • It is located at the First Floor Grandstand.
    • Open Hours
      • Wednesday to Sunday  at 11:30 am.

Race Schedule and Major Events & Races

Laurel Park Race Schedule

  • 🐎Live Racing Schedule
    • General: Thurdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays
    • December: Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays

Pimlico—Laurel Graded Races

  • Grade I 
  • Grade II
      • 🐴Black-Eyed Susan Stakes
      • 🐴Dixie Stakes
  • Grade III
      • 🐴Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes 
      • 🐴Baltimore/Washington International Turf Cup-G3
      • 🐴Barbara Fritchie Stakes
      • 🐴Chick Lang Stakes
      • 🐴Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash
      • 🐴Gallorette Stakes
      • 🐴General George Stakes
      • 🐴Maryland Sprint Stakes 
      • 🐴Miss Preakness Stakes 
      • 🐴Pimlico Special Stakes 

Listed Stakes Races

      • 🐴Laurel Futurity (1921) Autumn
      • 🐴Jennings Handicap (1923) Winter
      • 🐴Selima Stakes (1926) Autumn
      • 🐴Nellie Morse Stakes (1941) Winter
      • 🐴Japan Turf Cup Stakes (1952) Autumn
      • 🐴Laurel Dash Stakes (1988) Autumn
      • 🐴John B. Campbell Handicap (1954) Winter
      • 🐴Native Dancer Stakes (1966) Winter
      • 🐴Conniver Stakes (1969) Spring
      • 🐴All Brandy Stakes (1970) Autumn
      • 🐴Geisha Stakes (1973) Winter
      • 🐴Anne Arundel County Stakes (1974) Autumn
      • 🐴What A Summer Stakes (1978) Winter
      • 🐴Twixt Stakes (1978) Autumn
      • 🐴Caesar’s Wish Stakes (1978) Spring
      • 🐴Miracle Wood Stakes (1995) Winter
      • 🐴Find Stakes (1978) Autumn 
      • 🐴Federico Tesio Stakes (1981) Spring
      • 🐴Pearl Necklace Stakes (1981) Summer
      • 🐴All Along Stakes (1981) Autumn
      • 🐴Maryland Juvenile Championship (1982) Autumn
      • 🐴Maryland Racing Media Stakes (1982) Winter
      • 🐴Mister Diz Stakes (1983) Summer
      • 🐴Jameela Stakes (1983) Summer
      • 🐴Dahlia Stakes at Laurel Park (1985) Spring
      • 🐴Deputed Testamony Stakes (1986) Spring
      • 🐴Safely Kept Stakes (1986) Autumn
      • 🐴Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship (1986) Autumn
      • 🐴Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes (1986) Winter
      • 🐴Marshua Stakes (1987) Winter
      • 🐴Primonetta Stakes (1988) Spring
      • 🐴Private Terms Stakes (1990) Spring
      • 🐴Fire Plug Stakes (1993) Winter
      • 🐴Wide Country Stakes (1994) Winter
      • 🐴Commonwealth Oaks (2004) Summer

Renamed events (last running/current name) ​

      • 🐴Broad Brush (2013 – Richard W. Small)
      • 🐴Caesar’s Wish (2017 – Beyond The Wire)
      • 🐴Columbia (1995 – Safely Kept)
      • 🐴Commonwealth Turf Cup (2016 – Baltimore/Washington International Turf Cup)
      • 🐴Hirsch Jacobs (2009 – Chick Lang)
      • 🐴Lady Baltimore (2016 – All Along)
      • 🐴Laurel Turf Cup (2018 – Japan Turf Cup)
      • 🐴Maryland Breeders’ Cup Handicap (2005 – Maryland Sprint)
      • 🐴Marylander (2016 – Heft)
      • 🐴Old Mutual Turf Sprint (2008 – Jim McKay Turf Sprint)
      • 🐴Pimlico Distaff Breeders’ Cup (2005 – Allaire duPont Distaff)
      • 🐴Pimlico Futurity (1966 – Laurel Futurity)
      • 🐴Pimlico Oaks (1951 – Black-Eyed Susan)
      • 🐴Queen Isabella (1993 – Nellie Morse)
      • 🐴Woodlawn Stakes (2009 – James W. Murphy)

Location and Access to the Racecourse

  • Laurel Park race track is located at RT 198 & Racetrack Road, Laurel, MD 20725.
    It is approximately 14 miles from Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
  • Train service is available for laurel park from Baltimore and Washington D.C. 
  • It can also be accessed via MARC Train at the Laurel Race Track station and RTA Buses 409 and 502.
  • It is free for all 12 years old and under but must be accompanied by an adult.


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