LAUREL, Md. (WJZ) — After two-and-a-half months, horses took to the tracks at Laurel Park this weekend, marking the return of horse racing in the state after the coronavirus led to its temporary shutdown.

A three-day event began Saturday at the track and will run through Monday without spectators.

Only essential personnel are being allowed on the grounds.

The jockey club plans to roll out a periodic schedule that is expected to continue into August.

Spring is normally a busy time for horse racing in Maryland with the Preakness Stakes happening in mid-May, but this year it was postponed to October 3 due to the pandemic.

For the first time ever, Preakness will be the final race in the Triple Crown.


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