BALTIMORE, AUG. 28 -- Pimlico Race Course ended its summer meeting today with significant gains in attendance and betting, largely because of the addition of Sunday racing.
The Baltimore track had attendance of 391,456 during its 42-day meeting, averaging 9,320, an increase of 25.7 percent over the comparable days last year.
Today's handle of $1,167,309 brought the meeting's total to $47,811,556, for a daily average of $1,138,370, an increase of 15.4 percent over last year.
King's Snow, a highly regarded Maryland-bred 2-year-old, made it two stakes victories in a row today when he won the $43,275 Rollicking Stakes by three lengths over Smarterilla. Change For Better was a half-length back in third.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux was the leader with 66 victories compared to the 25 by second-place finisher Jeff Lloyd. King Leatherbury was the leading trainer with 21 wins.
The racing scene shifts to Timonium on Saturday for 10 racing days conducted in conjunction with the Maryland State Fair.
The five-furlong track will have Georganne Hale as the racing secretary, the first time a woman has held such a post in Maryland.
Hale has slated a starter-allowance feature with nine entrants going four furlongs. Skipton Landing, a 5-year-old gelding to be ridden by Mary Wiley, is the overnight favorite.
Post time at Timonium is 1 p.m., with exacta wagering on all 10 races. Triple bets can be made on the third, fifth, seventh and 10th races.
There also will be a $1 Pick Six wager on races three through eight. Racing will return to Pimlico Sept. 8 and will continue through Oct. 17.