LAUREL, Md. — Due to forecasts calling for excessive heat, the Maryland Jockey Club has decided to cancel its live racing programs on Saturday July 20 and Sunday, July 21.
The Baltimore City Health Commissioner has extended a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Monday, July 22 due to the extreme heat.
Temperatures were forecast to reach highs of 97 on Saturday and 98 on Sunday, with high humidity. The U.S. National Weather Service posted an excessive heat watch advisory for 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. both days, with the heat index expected to reach as high as 110 to 115.
Laurel will remain open for simulcasting and offer full LARC wagering with 13 races from Chile on Saturday and 12 races from Peru on Sunday.
Live racing continues at Laurel with eight races Thursday and nine races Friday, July 19, featuring the first two legs of the $100,000 guaranteed national Stronach 5 wager.