Racing officials at Laurel Park opted to cancel today’s second race after six of the seven horses entered to start were race-day scratches. As much as I dislike synthetic racing surfaces, inclement weather and natural dirt (and turf) racing surfaces don’t mix, and the horse-player suffers.
The remainder of the nine race card will be run as usual and scheduled post times will remain the same. Post time for the first race is 1:10 p.m. After skipping the second race, the third race will go off at approximately 2:10 p.m.
The heavy rain for the second day in a row and four turf races scheduled on the Friday afternoon card have been moved to the main track. The second race, however, was slated for the main track, with Jim McKay Maryland Million Classic winner Sumacha’hot listed as the 3-5 favorite. Sumacha’hot was one of the late scratches, but the five other trainers in the race still opted to excuse their horses, forcing its cancellation.
The weekend weather doesn’t look promising, but hopefully next weekend will bring sunny skies for the return on the Grade 1 DeFrancis Dash. Laurel’s marquee race was not run in 2008 due to a purse account shortfall, but on Saturday Oct. 24 will be renewed for the 19th running of this event.
Have a great weekend… make horse racing a part of it.