More horse racing: Laurel Park jockeys used new, cushioned riding crops for the first time as a group during Thursday’s program to positive reviews. The 360 GT (gentle touch) crop was designed by retired Hall of Fame jockey Ramon Dominguez and put into use courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club, who purchased the first batch of 50 for its riders. “So far, everything is good. We’ve had no complaints,” six-time Maryland meet champion Sheldon Russell said. Russell captured Thursday’s opener with Mary Boskin homebred Brooks Robinson ($8.40), named for the Baltimore Orioles’ Hall of Fame third baseman. The new crop has a larger, cushioned padding at the end designed to have less impact on horses. Some Laurel riders began experimenting with it during a special Easter Monday program.