Following a two-day cancellation due to extreme heat conditions, live racing returns to Laurel Park for the first time since July 19 with 10-race programs Thursday and Friday, July 25 and 26, each starting at 1:10 p.m.
There will be a carryover jackpot of $3,494.43 in the 20-cent Rainbow 6, which spans Races 5-10 Thursday. The sequence opens with a pair of $42,000 allowance events for 3-year-olds and up, one on dirt and one on turf, and includes featured Race 8 marking the season debut of juvenile stakes winner Scrap Copper.
In addition to the debut of American Pharoah filly Bernadette the Jet in Race 8, Friday's program will see the return to Maryland of Jamie Ness-owned and trained Our Super Freak in a $45,000 optional claiming allowance for fillies and mares 3 and up going six furlongs in Race 4. Our Super Freak has finished second or third in six stakes dating back to last fall, five of them at Laurel. Her two most recent races have come at Delaware Park, including a second in the Light Hearted Stakes June 5.
In all, 10 races have been scheduled over Laurel's world-class turf course Thursday (six) and Friday (four), drawing a total of 133 entries, an average of 13.3 starters per race. Horses will race over the Kelso and Fort Marcy course layouts.
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