With over $200 million in improvements in progress, Laurel Park will throw its hat in the ring to be the host of the 2018 Breeders' Cup, according to the Thoroughbred Daily News. The Stronach Group “wants to make Laurel its third jewel along with Santa Anita and Gulfstream,” says president and general manager Sal Sinatra.
The Breeders' Cup hasn't been run on the east coast since 2007 at Monmouth Park, and 2018 is the nearest open slot for which Laurel can apply (2016 will be hosted at Santa Anita, and 2017 at Del Mar). Sinatra highlighted the amenities that would make Laurel a perfect spot for the event: “We have a great turf course, we have all the advantages that come with being in close proximity to Washington, D.C. and this is going to be a spectacular facility when we are done.”
While the renovations may not be entirely completed in order to host the 2018 Breeders' Cup, Sinatra and Frank Stronach are preparing to review the work that has been finished early next week. Sinatra indicated that most of the work on the first floor of the grandstand has been completed, and that the facility should be prepared to move to the next phase of development.
Read more at the Thoroughbred Daily News.
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