Laurel Park

Laurel Park is a horse racing facility in Laurel, Maryland with two tracks that features thoroughbred racing. Along with the Pimlico race course, it is the home of one of the state's biggest horse racing events - the Maryland Million. Big races hosted by Laurel Park include the Laurel Dash, the Laurel Futurity, the Endless Surprise Stakes, the Conniver Stakes, the Horatius Stakes and the Private Terms Stakes.

Laurel Park Track Facts

Dirt Track Track

  • 1-1/8 m oval with a seven furlong chute
  • Length of stretch from last turn to finish line = 1,344 feet
  • Width of backstretch = 75 feet
  • Width of stretch = 75 feet

Turf Course

  • 1m inside main track.
  • Length of stretch from last turn to finish line = 990 feet.
  • Width of backstretch = 70 feet.
  • Width of stretch = 70 feet

Turf Course Composition = sandy loam, 65% turf type tall fescue, 25% turf type perennial ryegrass, 10% Blue Grass, Grass height maintained at 4 inches during racing season.

Host of the Maryland Million

Laurel Park has become one of the regular hosts of the Maryland Million, an event that has become one of the nation's best known single days of horse racing excitement. It was envisioned as a local version of the Breeders Cup,
and became so popular with both fans and horsemen that it soon attracted imitators throughout the nation. There are now many such days in different states featuring either state-bred or state-sired horses in festival-like atmospheres.

Maryland Million has become the biggest racing day of the fall, and is eclipsed in local importance only by the Preakness Stakes, the venerable second leg of the American Triple Crown.

Track Records

DISTANCE HORSE(AGE) WGT. TIME DATE
4 1/2 Furs. Weightmaster (2) 120 :52 Apr. 13, 1964
5 Furs. Dave's Friend (5) 119 :57 Nov. 21, 1980
5 1/2 Furs. Crossing Point (5) 117 1:02 Nov. 1, 2002
6 Furs. Richter Scale (6) 123 1:07 July 15, 2000
6 1/2 Furs. Ebonizer (3) 115 1:15 Nov. 23, 1990
7 Furs. Tappiano (5) 123 1:21 Feb. 12, 1989
7 1/2 Furs. Tidal Surge (4) 117 1:29 Mar. 12, 1994
1 Mile Skipper's Friend (4) 122 1:34 Dec. 6, 1980
1 1/16 Miles Willard Scott (4) 115 1:41 Nov. 16, 1985
1 1/8 Miles Excellent Tipper (4) 112 1:47 July 5, 1992
1 3/16 Miles Testing (7) 121 1:54 Oct. 21, 2000
1 1/4 Miles Richie The Coach (5) 118 1:59 Nov. 23, 1996
1 3/8 Miles Amber Wave (4) 112 2:17 Nov. 28, 1968
1 3/4 Miles Asserche (6) 116 2:58 Feb 13, 1994

Turf Course

DISTANCE HORSE(AGE) WGT. TIME DATE
5 Furs. Sikkim (4) 122 :57 Nov. 21, 1967
5 1/2 Furs. Oops I Am (5) 117 1:02 June 14, 1994
6 Furs. Texas Glitter (4) 115 1:08 Oct. 28, 2000
1 Mile Portsmouth (3) 116 1:34 Oct. 30, 1965
1 1/16 Miles Water Moccasin (6) 119 1:39 June 15, 1987
1 1/8 Miles Finder's Choice (7) 117 1:46 Oct. 24, 1992
1 3/16 Miles Guilded Youth (10) 117 1:53 June 27, 1998
1 1/4 Miles Dynamic trick (5) 114 1:58 Oct. 22, 2000
1 1/2 Miles Kelso (7) 126 2:23 Nov. 11,1964
2 Miles Summer Ensign (4) 118 3:23 June 15, 1993

Jumps

Abt. 2 1/4 Miles

Rolling Cart (8)

143 4:14 June 12, 1993

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