Laurel Race Course is expected to request permission from the Maryland Racing Commission to race five days a week rather than the usual six at its meeting beginning June 1. Laurel also is expected to ask for 10 race cards daily rather than nine.
"All we would lose is four races for the entire week," said Laurel President Frank DeFrancis. "Meanwhile, our records show that we would be gaining in the mutuel handle and attendance by racing only five days.
"In addition, the horsemen and horses would get some time off."
DeFrancis said Laurel is also considering guaranteeing that the Pick Six pot would be worth at least $10,000 daily.
"There is a natural letdown after a large Pick Six has been hit and it takes at least a week to get the excitement going again," he said.
At Pimlico today, Joan R., a 3-year-old filly belonging to Art Rooney's Shamrock Farms, led from start to finish to win the feature race. Joan R. was ridden by Danny Nied for his third victory of the afternoon and fifth straight winning mount.
Joan R. ran the six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 over a sloppy track, paid $8.40 and led a 3-1 exacta worth $25.80.