Sunday racing and the second Maryland Million program are among the highlights of Pimlico Race Course's summer meeting, which begins today.
There will be racing five days a week, with Wednesdays and Thursdays dark (except today) through Oct. 17. Pimlico will recess from Aug. 29 to Sept. 7, when racing shifts to Timonium during the Maryland State Fair.
Post time at Pimlico will be 1 p.m., with 10 races daily. The Baltimore track will have 11-race cards on days it presents a simulcast.
On Sept. 19, Pimlico will host the Maryland Million, which brings together the best Maryland-bred horses.
Today's feature, the $40,000-added Speed To Spare Handicap, is a five-furlong turf race for fillies and mares. Fourteen are entered.
Pimlico will mark its first Sunday racing program on July 5 by offering free parking, admission and programs. State law had prevented Pimlico from operating on Sundays, but new owner Frank De Francis successfuly petitioned the Maryland legislature.
Another major change is expected Sept. 8, when fans can wager at Laurel Race Course on races run at Pimlico. Permission for the intertrack wagering is expected to be granted by the Maryland Racing Commission at this month's meeting in Baltimore.