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Digest (July 24): Fillies to square off as Laurel schedule expands to Thursdays

Digest (July 24): Fillies to square off as Laurel schedule expands to Thursdays

The first four-day race week of Laurel Park 's summer meet opens with a bang as multiple stakes-winning fillies Shimmering Aspen and Crabcakes are set to face each other in their seasonal debuts Thursday. Racing will continue on a Thursday through Sunday schedule through the end of the 40-day summer meet Aug. 19. Following the Timonium meet at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Aug. 24-Sept. 3, Laurel's calendar year-ending fall meet opens Sept. 7. Hillwood Stable's Shimmering Aspen and Morgan Ford Farm's Crabcakes will each be coming off lengthy layoffs for Thursday's eighth race, a $50,000 third-level optional claiming allowance for fillies and mares 3 and older at 6 furlongs on the main...

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