Live racing cancelled at Laurel Park and Aqueduct with stakes rescheduled
LAUREL, Md. – A powerful winter storm passing through the Mid-Atlantic region has forced the Maryland Jockey Club to cancel Saturday’s live nine-race program at Laurel Park.
According to the National Weather Service, the Baltimore/Washington area and northeastern Maryland were forecast to experience rapidly deteriorating conditions as rain turned to heavy snow at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour, with gusty winds.
Laurel, Pimlico, Rosecroft and the MJC OTB Network will remain open for simulcasting.
Live racing is scheduled to return Sunday to Laurel with a nine-race program starting at the new post time of 12:40 p.m.
Princess Kokachin Favored in Stakes-Quality Allowance
Race 8 is a stakes-quality allowance for fillies and mares 4 and up sprinting 5 ½ furlongs that attracted multiple stakes winner Dontletsweetfoolya, making her return to Laurel after a try on the all-weather surface at Turfway Park; 2021 Willa On the Move winner Kaylasaurus, most recently fourth in the Barbara Fritchie (G3) Feb. 19; and Princess Kokachin, the even-money program favorite who upset Hello Beautiful in the 2021 Poliltely.
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) also canceled Saturday’s live racing program at Aqueduct Racetrack due the winter storm forecast to impact the New York City metropolitan area throughout the day.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter weather advisory for the downstate region. The NWS forecast, which aligns with NYRA’s independent weather services, is calling for accumulating snow with sustained high winds and gusts up to 50 mph.
Saturday’s featured $100,000 Correction will be re-scheduled for Saturday, March 19.
Aqueduct Racetrack will remain open for simulcasting.
Live racing at Aqueduct will resume on Sunday, March 13 with a nine-race card featuring the $100,000 Damon Runyon. First post on Sunday is 1:20 p.m. Eastern.
For additional information on the 2021-22 winter meet at Aqueduct, visit NYRA.com.
Maryland Jockey Club and NYRA Press Offices
Photo of Laurel Park by MJC