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Laurel Park

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Laurel Park History

Laurel Park is situated in Laurel, Maryland, and is an American thoroughbred horse racing track, initially established by James Laurel Jr. It was known as Laurel Park when it first opened its gates on 2 October 1911 under the management of the Laurel Four County Fair.

From 1914 to 1947, it was owned by Philip J. Dwyer, a New York entrepreneur, and James Butler ? a well-known horsemen of the time, but was sold to the Maryland Jockey Club in 1947, who subsequently also owned Timonium and Pimlico Racecourses. During this time, it was proposed that Laurel Park replace Pimlico Racecourse, but when the Maryland General Assembly rejected the initiative, the track was purchased by Morris Schapiro, and managed by his son, John D. Schapiro.

The Shapiro team reinvented Laural Park between the period of 1947 and 1984, by changing its name to the Laurel Racecourse - as it was known for many years to come, and executing several renovations during the 1950's and 1960's.

Once again, in 1984, the track was sold, and was purchased by Frank J. DeFrancis and numerous business partners. A new 'Sports Palace' facility was created and the clubhouse renewed. By 1994, the track continued its eternal evolution, and returned to its original name of Laurel Park, as well as altering its appearance in the form of upgrading the main entrance, Grandstand interior and backstretch barns.

Between 1998 and 2004, four new clubhouse areas were erected and a new backstretch housing facility. The backstretch at Laurel Park was even closed for almost seven months in 2004, in order to widen, extend and restore the dirt surfaces of the track.

In 2006, the track lost a total of $3.6 million, and on 8 November 2007 the Maryland Senate passed a voter referendum on slot machine gambling, and installed slot machines at the track, in the hope of accruing sufficient funds in order to sustain the racecourse and keep it in operation.

Laurel Park Contact Info

Phone: +1 301 725-0400

Website: www.laurelpark.com

eMail: info@marylandracing.com

Physical Address: Route 198 and Racetrack Road, 20724

Postal Address: Laurel Park
PO Box 130
Laurel, MD 20725

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