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Maryland Jockey Club Investing $7 Million At Laurel

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Improvements Include New Barns for 300 Horses, 150 Flat Screen Televisions & Surveillance Equipment

             LAUREL, MD – The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that approximately $7 million in improvements at Laurel Park – including new barns for 300 horses and a new washroom – could be completed within the next month.

Despite record low temperatures during the months of February and March, one of two 300-stall barns should be completed by the first week of April, according to Maryland Jockey Club General Manager Sal Sinatra.

Along with the two new barns on the backstretch, there will also be a new wash building with new lavatories for men and women and 20 wash stalls outside the building. The Maryland Jockey Club is also installing a new surveillance system on the front and backside of the track. More than 150 new flat screen televisions and projection systems have also been installed.

“The Maryland Jockey Club and The Stronach Group is committed to Thoroughbred racing in Maryland,” Sinatra said. “There will be new accommodations for 300 horses at Laurel come this spring and summer and we continue trying to improve the live and simulcasting experience at Laurel with new televisions and improvements to the first floor as well as Tycoons and Tips Restaurant.

“We believe there is tremendous growth at Laurel Park and in the Thoroughbred industry in Maryland. We will continue to make improvements over the new few months at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course.”

Tim Keefe, president of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, said: “It’s all been positive stuff here. There’s been a lot of updating. There’s a lot of new televisions, projectors…even little things like carpeting. It shows the customer we are thinking of them and the little things add up. The barns look great, they’re slightly modified from the ones at Gulfstream, and I think we’re heading in a good direction.”

 

Laurel Park is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America’s top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world’s largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America’s premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry. For more information contact David Joseph at david.joseph@marylandracing.com or call 954.457.6451.

 

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