This Saturday, Laurel Park in Laurel, Md., will play host to the Jim McKay Maryland Million -- a series of stakes races restricted to Maryland-sired horses. A lot has changed since the inaugural running of the Maryland Million in 1986. Lately, all of that change has been positive at Laurel Park, which is in the first phase of a complete makeover that’s expected to propel it into the national racing spotlight as a destination for major racing events.
America’s Best Racing’s Dan Tordjman got a tour of some of the recent remodeling and renovations at the track, which initially opened its door in 1910. Improvements to the barn area and the grandstand have started to enhance Laurel’s profile and track executives hope that within the next few years, Laurel will be in position to make a strong bid for the Breeders' Cup World Championships.