If it's August, it must be time for the Maryland State Fair.
Although the 10-day race meet doesn't open until Aug. 29, the stabling area at the half-mile track at the fairgrounds on York Road in Timonium opens tomorrow.
Racing secretary Georgeanne Hale said she expects about 150 horses to be stabled on the grounds, the same number as last year.
"Once again we'll have nine races on weekdays and 10 races on weekends and holidays," Hale said.
The featured attraction is the Alma North Stakes, run Sept. 5 at 1 1/16 miles for Maryland-bred fillies and mares.
Horsemen interested in obtaining stall space should contact Hale at the Laurel racing office.