The Maryland Racing Commission on Tuesday approved a 69-day fall meet schedule for
The meeting includes 32 stakes races — five more than last year. The average daily purse will rise from $210,000 to $240,000, an increase officials attributed to slot machine revenues.
The meeting, in which races will be held Wednesday through Saturday, ends on
The Fall Festival of Racing will be three weeks later.
The schedule was announced after the Maryland
"It's a very positive stakes schedule," Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas told the racing commission during its meeting at Laurel on Tuesday afternoon.
Chuckas said racing officials are now looking at promotions and marketing.
"It is important to have stakes races bolster our Saturday cards," Chuckas said in a news release. "To build our business from a handle standpoint, races need to be more attractive to simulcast players. We are in the process of finalizing the promotional schedule for the fall, which we expect will bring more fans into the building."
The summer schedule features seven days of racing at
Also on Tuesday, the commission gave final approval to the Pick (n) Jackpot, in which a bettor must pick the winner of five or more races. The wager was first permitted on an interim basis during the last
It was the first commission meeting as chairman for Bruce F. Quade, who is replacing Louis Ulman.
Ulman, who is still a commissioner, completed two one-year terms.
Quade, who became a commission member last year, was appointed to a one-year term as chairman, and will be eligible for another term after that.
Here are the Laurel meeting dates:
October 31-November 1-2-3
November 28-29-30-December 1