LAUREL, Md. (WJZ) – Horse racing will resume on Thursday afternoon at Laurel Park Racecourse after a suspended for almost two weeks.
The Maryland Jockey Club canceled the race at Laurel Park on December 3 to tackle the Laurel Park track following a series of racehorse injuries. At least eight horses were seriously injured at the track in October and November.
“We cannot allow this to continue,” Maryland Racing Commission Chairman Michael Algeo said Tuesday. “If you think a horse is lame, if you think a horse has a problem, please do not allow the horse to run, as it would not be related to racetrack problems at the time. “
Committee member Dr. Tom Bowman introduced a number of procedural changes to the committee, including regular reporting of follow-up conditions.
“This final collection of tragedies should have been foretold when the riders started screaming that the track was too fast,” Dr. Bowman said by phone on Tuesday.
Two-year-old “American Playboy” Gelding suffered a fatal injury on November 28, the most recent of a series of fatal injuries that have brought races to a halt.
Practice sessions were held over the weekend to assess the cushioning and condition of the track surface.
Several riders told the MRC on Tuesday that the track was in significantly better condition than it was before the suspension.
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