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During the Maryland Racing Commission’s roundtable meeting in March, Harry Parr III announced that the Maryland Jockey Club would operate the Laurel racetrack purely as an independent investment and would continue plans to relocate and construct an entirely new Pimlico track.

“We have no intention of combining the Pimlico and Laurel meetings at Laurel and requesting twice the amount of racing days,” said Parr. “We have discovered that the present Pimlico property is much too inadequate to even suggest rebuilding a new plant there.”

Parr added that when Pimlico did move, a site as close to Baltimore as possible would be chosen.

  • A statement of policy for Thoroughbred racing was announced, with the adoption of a code of standards by the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Racing Association of the United States representing 35 member tracks throughout the country. The code of standards included 16 points ranging from respecting and protecting the public, to ensuring that the sport aspect remains fair and just.

  • After King Rhymer set a new 3-furlong record at Santa Anita in February, the Pistorios decided to cancel their plans to bring his 9-year-old sire The Rhymer back to the races and instead opted for him to return to stud.

  • “Shipped out another car of mares to Kentucky this morning. The fact that so many mares are visiting good sires in the Blue Grass will serve to improve the general standing of the local Thoroughbreds, it would seem. We need more good young horses here to keep the mares at home,” wrote Humphrey S. Finney in his monthly Editor’s Saddle Bag column.

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