Laurel Park officials decided Nov. 11 to close the turf course for the remainder of the year. Central Maryland has received more than six inches of rain since mid-October.
After carding grass races in 17 of the first 18 days of the fall meeting, heavy rains in the region forced the racing office to take races off the turf 10 times in the last 16 racing days, including today. Two turf races were scheduled for both Friday and Saturday.
Saturday’s All Brandy Stakes, originally scheduled for the turf, will now be contested on the dirt.
A total of 165 turf races were conducted at the major Maryland tracks this year (117 at Laurel and 48 at Pimlico) with an average field size of 10.1 and an average win payout of more than $20.
The Laurel turf course will re-open in the spring.