Summer Racing at Laurel Park Expected to be Strong

Opening day of summer racing at Laurel Park starts July 1. A big weekend of racing is expected with the Gallop Hour Twilight racing program beginning Friday and holiday racing continuing on Monday, July 4. Laurel Park is expecting a strong opening weekend after increases in total and average handle were reported following the winter-spring meet.

The Maryland Jockey Club noted that average daily handle at Laurel was $2.372 million, up 34.5 percent from $1.764 million in 2015. Total handle on Laurel’s winter-spring meet was $151.1 million, up 9-percent from $140 million in 2015, while in-state wagering on Laurel was up 25 percent from $37.4 million in 2015 to $46.7 million.

“We continue to see growth in the Maryland Thoroughbred industry both locally and nationally,” said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club. “The sport is clearly undergoing a resurgence, and racing is being revitalized with better quality racing, more participation from horsemen around the country, and our growing off-track betting network have helped. We’ve never had such a wonderful working relationship between horsemen, the commission, legislators and our fans. We are looking forward to continued growth this summer at Laurel Park.”

Post time for Race 1 of the Gallop Hour Twilight Racing Friday, July 1 is 3:40 p.m. ET.

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