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Laurel Park

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General Information
Director of Racing / Racing Secretary
Georganne Hale
Racetrack Road & Route 198
Laurel, MD 20725
Main Phone: 
(301) 725-0400
Racing Office: 
(800) 638-1859
(410) 792-4877
Owner Hospitality: 
Phoebe Hayes
(301) 470-5454
About Us: 

Laurel Park, the sister track of Pimlico Race Course, first appeared on the racing scene in 1911.  In July 2002, Magna Entertainment Corp. (MEC) purchased Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park, which operated under the trade name Maryland Jockey Club, from the De Francis family.  Both tracks are now part of The Stronach Group, formed in 2012.

Laurel Park provides action for fans in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas with live racing 28 weeks a year and year-round simulcasting. 

Laurel enjoyed several decades of fame with the Washington, D.C. International, which burst onto the scene in 1952 and almost immediately became a world-wide news event.  Until then the idea of bringing horses from Europe to the United States was unprecedented.  The success of the Breeders’ Cup forced Laurel to suspend the International in 1995.

The marquee event at Laurel is Maryland Million Day.  The idea was conceived by Jim McKay, the late Hall of Fame broadcaster, to showcase the best products of the state’s breeding farms and the horses sired by Maryland stallions.  After 28 years, more than 20 other states have imitated the Maryland Million concept.



Race Dates: 
Winter Meet
Jan 5 2024 to Mar 30 2024
Spring Meet
Apr 5 2024 to May 5 2024
Number of Race Days: 
Track Details: 
Track Surface: 
Conventional Dirt
Track Size: 
1 Mile 600 feet
Track Surface: 
Turf Course
Laurel Park is a proud supporter of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA).
Laurel Park has passed the NTRA's certification for Safety and Integrity.
Click here to learn more about the NTRA certification process.