Laurel Park to Offer $2.85M in Open Stakes
Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

Laurel Park will offer a $2.85 million open stakes schedule during its upcoming meet that spans summer, fall, and early winter.

The 26 stakes will be clustered on five racing programs during the 65-day meet, which runs from Sept. 5-Dec. 31. The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association signed off on the schedule, which was approved by the Maryland Racing Commission July 15.

Jim McKay Maryland Million day for the offspring of Maryland-based stallions is set for Oct. 18; the Fall Festival of Racing, which features six stakes including the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, will be held Nov. 15; and five open $100,000 turf stakes will be offered Sept. 27. Management last year began scheduling stakes to make for big-event racing days at Laurel.

Maryland Jockey Club officials said some Maryland-bred stakes will be announced before the meet.

The Laurel meet will begin several days after the Maryland State Fair at Timonium meet concludes. Racing most weeks will be held four days a week on a Wednesday-through-Saturday schedule.

Laurel Park Fall Stakes Schedule
Date Stakes Conditions Distance Purse
09/06/2014 Thirty Eight Go Go F & M 3 & UP  1 mile $100,000
09/06/2014 Dave's Friend 3 & UP 6 furlongs 100,000
09/06/2014 Japan Racing Association 3 & UP 1 1/16 mile (T) 100,000
09/27/2014 Laurel Dash 3 & UP 6 furlongs (T) 100,000
09/27/2014 Laurel Turf Cup 3 & UP 1 1/2 mile (T) 100,000
09/27/2014 Laurel Futurity 2 YO  5.5 furlongs (T) 100,000
09/27/2014 Selima 2 YO fillies  5.5 furlongs (T) 100,000
09/27/2014 Lady Baltimore F & M 3 & UP  1 1/16 mile (T) 100,000
10/18/2014 Md. Million Classic 3 & UP (MD-sired) 1 1/8 mile 150,000
10/18/2014 Md. Million Turf 3 & UP (MD-sired) 1 mile (T) 125,000
10/18/2014 Md. Million Ladies F & M 3 & UP (MD-sired) 1 1/8 mile (T) 125,000
10/18/2014 Md. Million Sprint 3 & UP (MD-sired) 6 furlongs 100,000
10/18/2014 Md. Million Distaff  F & M 3 & UP (MD-sired) 7 furlongs 100,000
10/18/2014 Md. Million Nursery 2 YO (MD-sired) 6 furlongs 100,000
10/18/2014 Md. Million Lassie 2 YO fillies (MD-sired) 6 furlongs 100,000
10/18/2014 Md. Million Starter Handicap 3 & UP (MD-sired) 1 mile 50,000
10/18/2014 Md. Million Distaff Starter Handicap F & M 3 & UP (MD-sired) 1 mile 50,000
11/15/2014 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash 3 & UP 6 furlongs 350,000
11/15/2014 Richard Small 3 & UP 1 1/8 mile 100,000
11/15/2014 City of Laurel 3 YO 7 furlongs 100,000
11/15/2014 Safely Kept 3 YO fillies  7 furlongs 100,000
11/15/2014 James Lewis  2 YO 6 furlongs 100,000
11/15/2014 Smart Halo 2 YO fillies 6 furlongs 100,000
12/06/2014 The Marylander 2 YO  7 furlongs 100,000
12/06/2014 Gin Talking 2 YO fillies 7 furlongs 100,000
12/06/2014 Willa On The Move F & M 3 & UP  6 furlongs 100,000
Total 26 stakes  $2,850,000

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