Laurel Race Course scratched its opening-day program because of yesterday's record-cold temperatures. The decision came after a meeting between the track's new management and the jockeys. The track will attempt to race today.
Frank De Francis, the new Laurel owner, called off yesterday's races after the scratches were made at 9 a.m. "The track itself is in good condition," he said, "but the wind-chill factor, due to the bitter cold, would put the jockeys in jeopardy."
The jockeys decided not to ride during a brief meeting, citing the extreme cold.
Yesterday's card, including the W.P. Burch Stakes, has been carried over to Wednesday, normally Laurel's only dark day each week.
The Charles Town, W.Va., track also canceled yesterday's racing, as did Aqueduct and Keystone.
In another cold-related postponement, last night's St. Paul's at Bowie State men's and women's college basketball games were reset for tonight.
Home Team Sports' nightly recap of the day's thorughbred racing from Maryland tracks has been suspended for the duration of the Laurel meet since the cable television network was unable to reach an agreement with the track. The program is expected to resume when racing moves to Pimlico, March 11.