Laurel Mini-Meet Begins July 31st; Twilight Racing on Fridays

July 19, 2010 | Gary Quill

The Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) have agreed to the dates for a 2010 Laurel Park Summer mini-meet.


After a 10-week break, live racing will return to Maryland on Saturday, July 31. It will be an 11-day meet that appears to be modeled after the current Monmouth Park meet, racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. First Post will be at 3:35pm on Friday’s and 1:10pm on weekends. 


Lve racing dates for the stand are: July 31- Aug. 1, Aug. 6-7-8, Aug. 13-14-15 and Aug. 20-21-22. A pair of Maryland-bred stakes races will be featured during this meet, The Jameela Stakes (Aug. 14) and Mister Diz (Aug. 21).


During this mini-meet, I will provide a Best Bet, Longshot and SHOW Parlay Play of the Day. For more of my selections at Laurel Park and other thoroughbred horse racing tracks across the country, go to…  


At the conclusion of the Laurel mini-meet, live racing will shift to “The Big T” (aka Timonium Fairgrounds) for a 7-day state fair meet. The Laurel Park Fall meet will begin after the Labor Day (Sept. 6) holiday.


Nationally, Del Mar opens on Wednesday (July 21). If you want to shake off the summer doldrums of insignificant races, you might want to consider participating in the FREE Del Mar online handicapping contest ( for a chance to win entry in the National Handicapping Championship XII in Las Vegas January 28-29.


See ya at the betting windows!