The Maryland Racing Commission today approved Laurel Race Course's request to run 10 races a day, five days a week, in its June 1 to July 11 meeting.
Laurel will also have a new post time, 1:30 p.m., and will feature a video replay library for its grandstand customers. Previously, Laurel only had the replay feature in its Sports Palace.
In addition, Laurel will open its Turf Club to all customers paying a $5 entry fee.
In other commission business, both Pimlico and Laurel were granted permission to simulcast upcoming 3-year-old races. Pimlico will show Monday's Jersey Derby and run it as its 10th race; Laurel will simulcast the Belmont Stakes on June 7.
Freestate owner Frank DeFrancis said that the superbet, a novel form of betting in Maryland being used at his trotting track, could be introduced at Laurel if it proves successful at Freestate. In the superbet, a player must pick the exactas for the third and fifth races, then pick the triple in the seventh. Each wager on those three races costs $1.
Shaviana made it two victories in succession at Pimlico when she won today's feature race by more than a length over Miss Connie Bee. September Breeze was third.