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Racing goes on at Laurel Park despite frigid weather
Racing goes on at Laurel Park despite frigid weather

Jockeys at Laurel Park braved cold weather Thursday to complete a nine-race card. The temperature was 15 degrees when the horses left the starting gate at 12:30 p.m. and reached 19 at its peak. Maryland Jockey Club general manager Sal Sinatra and racing secretary Georganne Hale met with veteran rider Sheldon Russell, the Jockeys' Guild representative in Maryland, after training ended at 10 a.m. to discuss the situation and arranged for the riders to take the horses straight from the paddock to the gate and unsaddle in the paddock instead of on the track. "It was a good team effort to get it done today," Russell said. "All the riders were willing to give it a go....

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