Laurel Park is scheduled to open today with a nine-race program and mandatory payouts of its Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5, Late Pick 4 and Super Hi 5. Due to the extreme weather conditions, the track has been forced to cancel its live programs since last Sunday. The facility has remained opened for simulcasting wagering. The Rainbow 6 carryover entering today's program is $3,998 while the Super Hi 5 carryover is $2,341. First race post is 12:30 p.m.
2017 betting: The Maryland Jockey Club announced that total handle on races at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course in 2017 exceeded $600 million for the first time since 2008. Total handle was $627.3 million compared to $560.1 million in 2016 while average handle was $3.3 million, up from $3.091 million in 2016. There was also a significant increase from in-state handle, from $408.6 million to $442.1 million. Wagering on racing at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course has been up year-over-year since 2015 and is up $216 million since 2014. The Preakness Stakes – the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown – set all-time records for its 142nd running May 20 when a record crowd of 140,327 fans wagered a record $97,168,658, an increase of 3 percent over the previous year. The Black-Eyed Susan Day May 19 drew a record crowd of 50,339 that wagered a record $19.89 million, a 6 percent increase over the previous year. The 32nd anniversary of Maryland Million Day attracted a festive crowd of 22,682, an increase of 4.4 percent over last year, while in-state handle on the program was up 2.8 percent over the previous year.
New OTB site: The Maryland Jockey Club is also preparing to open an off-track betting facility in Hampstead this year. It will be the fifth OTB the Maryland Jockey Club has opened over the past several years along with those in Perryville, Boonsboro, Timonium and Baltimore.
Stevenson's 5-game streakhalted in men's basketball
Lycoming, ranked No. 6 in Division III men's basketball, bounced back from its first loss of the season with an 83-71 win over Stevenson in a MAC Commonwealth game at Lamade Gymnasium. The win ended a five-game winning streak for the Mustangs. Lycoming (14-1, 5-1) was led by Chris Wallace's 23 points. Stevenson (10-5, 2-4 MAC Commonwealth) got 11 points apiece from sophomore Mark Terrell and senior Danzel Wright. ... Freshman Buzz Anthony (Archbishop Spalding) scored a season-high 20 points, helping host Randolph-Macon post a 78-51 win. The Yellow Jackets (10-3, 4-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) won their fourth straight game. .... Franklin & Marshall put together a 27-6 run to build a 14-point lead late in the first half en route to a 70-50 Centennial Conference victory over McDaniel. Andy Kwiatkowski led the Green Terror (2-9, 0-5 CC) with 13 points, matching his season high.
Women's college basketball: A career-high 22 points from Sophia Way and 10 points and 10 rebounds from Lexie Scholtz helped propel Johns Hopkins to a 68-39 victory over Ursinus. ... Muhlenberg took control with a 19-6 run to end the first quarter on its way to a 82-58 win against visiting Washington College. ... McDaniel outscored Bryn Mawr 22-9 in the second quarter en route to a 64-29 Centennial Conference victory. Hannah Zajac led the Green Terror (5-6, 3-3), establishing a career best with 14 points to go with a team-best six rebounds.
— From Sun staff and news services