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 track. They will break side-by-side from Post 3 and 4, respectively, in the six-horse field. Shimmering Aspen, trained by Rodney Jenkins, has not raced since finishing third as the favorite in the seven-furlong Safely Kept Stakes Nov. 11 at Laurel. Overall she went four-for-seven in 2017 including wins in the Alma North and Twixt Stakes in succession over the summer. Bernie Houghton-trained Crabcakes finished second to Shimmering Aspen in the Alma North, then reeled off three consecutive wins at Laurel including the Miss Disco and Maryland Million Distaff – the latter over older horses – before capping her sophomore season finishing third in the Mahoning Valley Distaff Nov. 20. Crabcakes also won the Maryland Juvenile Futurity in 2016 and has a record of 5-2-0 from seven lifetime tries at Laurel. Shimmering Aspen, meanwhile, is 5-0-2 from seven Laurel starts.