Laurel Park Live Racing To Continue On Friday, With Strict Protocols In Place

Live Thoroughbred racing at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md., will continue on Friday, March 20, 2020, consistent with the strict protocols announced by the Maryland Jockey Club on March 13 and in accordance with Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive orders issued on Sunday, March 15.

A statement from the governor’s office accompanying the executive orders read: “In light of the serious public health emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order to close all Maryland casinos, racetracks, and simulcast betting facilities to the general public indefinitely.”

Hogan said: “This situation continues to evolve and will escalate rapidly and dramatically. These are unprecedented actions in an extraordinary situation, but they could be the difference in saving lives and keeping people safe.”

Maryland Jockey Club officials immediately sought clarification of the edict, stating that the strict protocols put in place closed Laurel and the Rosecroft harness to the public while allowing live races to continue.

An affirmative clarification apparently came early in the week from the governor’s office and the Maryland Jockey Club will be able to offer live racing as scheduled, until further notice.

A statement said: “Access to Maryland Jockey Club facilities will continue to be closed to the public and severely limited to essential racing personnel only. Owners will not be permitted access to the facilities, including the stable area.”

Friday’s 10-race card begins at 1:10 p.m. and will be shown on TVG. Wagering can be made on various ADW platforms.

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