Post time at Pimlico Race Course for weekday cards has been changed to 2:05 p.m. for the remainder of the current meeting, which ends June 18. Weekend and holiday programs will retain their 1:05 p.m. start.
"Because of the nature of [out of town] signals going later and the way the crowd is coming in, we decided to tweak this idea," said chief operations officer Jim Mango. "We want to see whether this helps our live handle. It's this simple. We have two races from 5 to 6 p.m. instead of two from 1 to 2 p.m."
Bettors arriving early can still find action from simulcast tracks, but will have to wait an additional hour for live racing.
"In the warmer weather, we thought this would be a good thing to try," continued Mango. "A lot of tracks are starting to experiment with this. It can't be harmful."
Mango said "it's very much a possibility" that the later post will extend to the summer meeting at Laurel, which opens June 21.