After cancelling its last 2 1/2 programs because of unsafe track conditions, Laurel Race Course resumed racing yesterday afternoon without incident.

Since Sunday's 11-race card was cut short after five races, track superintendent John Passero had worked on revamping a racing surface rendered hazardous by last week's sudden thaw. And although rain helped produce a sloppy track yesterday, most jockeys found it manageable.

"The track is heavy, but it's a lot more even than it was," said veteran jockey Donald Miller Jr. "{Passero} has done a very good job of getting the track back together."

The track condition merited support of the betting public, as a crowd of 7,521 wagered $1,189,949.

The prospect of racing was clouded yesterday morning after three horses stumbled badly or fell during training hours. But before the 12:30 p.m. post time, jockeys decided they would attempt to ride, and Laurel went on to complete its first racing program since Saturday.

Bernie Bond did not allow the sloppy track to interrupt his training schedule; Sham Say, his brilliant 3-year-old filly, breezed a half-mile in 50 2/5 seconds under her customary jockey, Ben Feliciano. Sham Say can extend her career unbeaten streak to seven with a victory in Sunday's $50,000 Jameela Stakes at Laurel.

Laurel officials yesterday had not decided whether to change the Jameela's one-mile distance to 1 1/16 miles. When the race track thawed unevenly last week, the areas between each of the track's two starting chutes and the main oval were particularly messy. In an effort to avoid those spots, Laurel has ceased running races out of the chutes, thus eliminating 6 1/2-, 7- and 8-furlong (one-mile) races.

Saturday's $40,000-added Dancing Count Stakes -- expected to include the undefeated 3-year-old colt Finder's Choice -- was shortened from seven to six furlongs.