Roberta Flack

At Laurel Park, neighbors celebrate century of glamor and grit

At Laurel Park, neighbors celebrate century of glamor and grit

Just about every Friday morning, Karen Lubieniecki takes a leisurely stroll to Laurel Park, finds a place along a railing at the nearly empty racetrack and spends an hour or so watching the horses exercise as the sun climbs the sky.

It isn't that she's a horse racing aficionado. It's just that she appreciates a meaningful place.

"You don't have to know the ins and outs of racing to love that atmosphere and take in the beauty of those animals," says Lubieniecki, a history buff and a senior staff member at the Laurel Historical Society just a few furlongs down the road.

Lubieniecki and her colleagues have sought to communicate the track's importance to the...

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