Laurel Park to Open 2022 with 17 Stakes Worth $1.9 Million in Purses

November 20, 2021

General George (G3), Barbara Fritchie (G3) Top Winter Carnival Feb. 19

Maryland Jockey Club Adds Monday, Dec. 27 to Fall Meet Live Schedule

LAUREL, MD – Highlighted by the annual mid-February renewals of the historic General George (G3) and Barbara Fritchie (G3), Laurel Park will launch the new calendar year with 17 stakes worth a total of $1.9 million in purses through the first three months of 2022.

Stakes action begins Saturday, Jan. 22 with six stakes worth $550,000 in purses topped by the $100,000 Spectacular Bid sprinting seven furlongs, kicking off the Maryland Jockey Club’s series for 3-year-olds. Sophomore fillies will travel six furlongs in the $100,000 Xtra Heat.

Also on the Jan. 22 schedule are the $100,000 Fire Plug for 4-year-olds and up and $100,000 What a Summer for fillies and mares 4 and older, both going six furlongs, and a pair of one-mile stakes for Maryland-bred/sired horses, the $75,000 Jennings for 4-year-olds and up and $75,000 Geisha for females 4 and older.

Laurel will host its Winter Carnival Saturday, Feb. 19 with six stakes worth $900,000 in purses led by the 46th running of the $250,000 General George for 4-year-olds and up and 70th edition of the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie for fillies and mares 4 and older, both sprinting seven furlongs.

Winter Carnival will also see Maryland’s series for 3-year-olds continue with the $100,000 Miracle Wood going one mile. Three other $100,000 stakes are scheduled – the seven-furlong Wide Country for 3-year-old fillies, and the John B. Campbell for 4-year-olds and up and Nellie Morse for females 4 and older, both at 1 1/16 miles.

Photo: Share the Ride, (MJC)

Sophomores will stretch out to 1 1/16 miles for the $100,000 Private Terms to highlight a Saturday, March 19 program of five stakes worth $450,000 in purses. It will be joined by the $100,000 Beyond the Wire for 3-year-old fillies and $100,000 Harrison E. Johnson for 4-year-olds and up, both going one mile, and two $75,000 sprints for Maryland-bred/sired horses – the six-furlong Not For Love for 4-year-olds and up and seven-furlong Conniver for older females.

Laurel Park is currently in the midst of its fall meet, which began Sept. 9 and runs through Dec. 31. The MJC has added a special program Monday, Dec. 27 to the live racing calendar.

Laurel Park Press Release

Photo: Hibiscus Punch, (MJC)

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