Laurel Park reschedules De Francis Dash due to hurricane

With poor weather conditions forecast this weekend due to Hurricane Florence, the Maryland Jockey Club announced Monday that its Sept. 15 stakes program — highlighted by the De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) and three finals of the MATCH Series — has been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 22.

The stakes moved to Sept. 22 also include the Laurel Futurity, Laurel Dash, The All Along Stakes, the Selima and Laurel Turf Cup.

Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club, said nominations to all seven races will be reopened through Wednesday, Sept. 12 at midnight.

Five stakes restricted to Virginia-breds, originally scheduled for Sept. 22, will now be run Sunday, Sept. 23.

First race post time Saturday, Sept. 22 will be 12:30 p.m.

Sinatra said Laurel is scheduled to run its regular races this weekend, “but we will continue monitoring Hurricane Florence.”

“We believe it’s in the best interest of everyone to move the races to the 23
rd,” he added. “With the MATCH series races and the De Francis, we’re hoping everyone can breeze this week and then, hopefully, have a great day and fast track on the following Saturday.”

The De Francis Memorial Dash is expected to include last out Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt winner Imperial Hint along with top sprinter X Y Jet as they prepare for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.


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