Pimlico Summer Meet to Open July 31

Live racing will return to Maryland with the opening of Pimlico's Summer Meet on July 31 and continue through August 27.

The Maryland Jockey Club eliminated live racing July 28-30 in accordance with a proposal by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horse Breeders' Association and has gone to a Thursday-Sunday schedule, with eight races run Thursdays and Fridays and nine on Saturdays and Sundays. Post time will be 1:10 p.m. with a Maryland-bred stakes race scheduled for the four Saturday cards of the 16-day meet.

After the eight-day Timonium State fair meet, live racing will continue at Old Hilltop on Sept. 9 for the four-week summer-fall stand where racing will take place on a Thursday through Sunday schedule.

"We feel that a schedule of this type will enable us to put on the most competitive meetings possible during the months of August and September," said Lou Raffetto, Chief Operating Officer of the Maryland Jockey Club.