Maryland Race Tracks
Located in the Mid Atlantic region of the United States, Maryland has earned the nickname of "America in Miniature" because of its diverse and stunning landscape, and it is in these picturesque settings that Maryland’s world-class horse racing facilities are found. Established in 1870 and located in Baltimore, the Pimlico Race Course is renowned for hosting the Preakness Stakes, the second event of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. With its thrilling live racing, along with simulcast wagering and excellent visitor facilities, racegoers are assured of an excellent race day experience, time and again. The Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington is the premier harness racing establishment in Maryland. With a live racing season from February to December, there is plenty of racing action for all. Located in Laurel, the Laurel Park race track was opened in 1911 and has steadily established a reputation for excellent racing, wagering and visitor facilities. Other race tracks in Maryland include Ocean Downs in Berlin, and Timonium Race Track in Baltimore.
The Maryland Racing Commission was formed in 1920 to officiate the conduct of harness and thoroughbred horse racing in the state. All horse racing meets must be licensed by the commission and representatives of the commission attend races to ensure rules and regulations are adhered to, for the benefit of the horses, as well as to maintain the integrity of the horse racing industry.