MARYLAND RACING CALENDAR SET

Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course will conduct 146 days of racing in 2011, the same number that was scheduled for this year, after the Maryland Jockey Club and its owners, MI Developments and Penn National Gaming, worked out an agreement with the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) and Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) at a Wednesday, Dec. 22, morning meeting in Annapolis with Governor Martin O’Malley.

The Maryland Racing Commission ratified the agreement at an administrative hearing later that afternoon.

The Maryland Jockey Club will conduct a winter meeting at Laurel Park, a spring campaign at Pimlico Race Course and a fall meeting at Laurel Park. There will be no live racing at the major Maryland tracks during the summer.

Bowie Training Center will remain open for year-round training.

Condition books are available on http://www.laurelpark.com/  and http://www.equibase.com/  and will be printed this week. Copies will also be available at the Laurel Park and Bowie stable gates.

The Laurel Park winter stand will begin Saturday, Jan. 1, with live racing taking place four days a week on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule (with holiday exceptions). The 49- day meet will end Saturday, March 26.

Racing will then shift to Pimlico for the spring meeting, which will be highlighted by the 136th running of the $1,000,000 Preakness Stakes-G1, the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, which is set for Saturday, May 21. Preakness day will be the final day of the meet for the 29-day stand, which will begin Friday, April 1.

After a 15-week break, which will include seven live days of racing at Timonium during the State Fair, live racing will return to the major tracks on the Saturday after Labor Day. Racing will take place from Sept. 10 through Dec. 17, four days a week in September (Wednesday through Saturday) and five days a week in October, November and December (Tuesday through Saturday).