Laurel Race Course officials received a call from the White House yesterday alerting them that Virginia Clinton Kelley, President Clinton's mother, plans to visit the track today.
It would be Kelley's second trip to the Laurel track. She attended the Laurel notebook
Jaces earlier this year, during presidential inauguration week.
Kelley, who is visiting the first family, is an avid horse racing fan and frequents Oaklawn Park, which is located in her hometown of Hot Springs, Ark.
Track operator Joe De Francis said the visit is a private one and that no unusual arrangements are being made.
There is live racing at Laurel today and tomorrow, but the track will be closed on Friday and Saturday.
Racing resumes on Sunday with a live 11-race card plus full-card simulcasts from Aqueduct, Philadelphia and Santa Anita parks. Post time for the live card is noon.
Once again, He Is Risen showed his fondness for a muddy strip and came from off the pace yesterday to win the $27,000 Bowie Stakes at Laurel. . . . Trainer Dale Capuano is back from a weekend visit to Oaklawn Park and said he will decide within a week if he is going to ship a division of his stable there. . . . Trainer Jimmy Murphy said that Stem The Tide is likely to have one more race at Laurel before she is retired. "There is a stakes for her on Jan. 22," Murphy said. "I'd like to try to get her over the $400,000 mark in earnings." Through last Saturday, the 5-year-old mare had earned about $394,000.