Laurel Winter Schedule Includes 19 Stakes

(from Maryland Jockey Club release)
The Maryland Jockey Club will offer 19 stakes races worth just under $2 million at Laurel Park this winter under the stakes schedule approved by the Maryland Racing Commission.

The stakes schedule covers racing from Jan. 1 to April 15 and is highlighted by a pair of grade II sprints on Presidents' Weekend. The purses for Barbara Fritchie Handicap, a seven-furlong sprint for fillies and mares on Feb. 18, and the General George Handicap two days later, will be increased from $200,000 to $300,000 apiece with the Breeders' Cup Fund contributing $75,000 to each race.

Racings dates for 2006 are expected to be announced at the MRC's Dec. 13 meeting.