Happy birthday to Laurel Park

The Friday feature at Brooklyn Backstretch is generally devoted to New York racing’s past, but today we’re looking south, to the great racing state of Maryland as Laurel Park celebrates 100 years of racing. For five years in the early 90’s, I lived in Maryland, just north of Baltimore, smack dab in the middle of…

A day at Laurel

I’m beginning to think that maybe I’m never going to meet a racetrack that I don’t like. Oh, wait, there’s Gulfstream. Spent a delightful day at Laurel on Saturday, in the company of some Saratoga ex-pats who have moved to the DC area, of Railbird, and of an upstate friend who road-tripped with me to…