No timetable for Maryland racing’s return from COVID-19 Byron King, Bloodhorse · April 17, 2020 at 12:51 am During an informational webinar April 16, a Maryland track executive and state horsemen leader declined to speculate on a firm date when racing would resume in Maryland following a shutdown caused by COVID-19. Thoroughbred racing there has not occurred since March 15 at Laurel Park. Shortly thereafter, the Maryland Jockey Club, which operates Laurel and Pimlico Race Course, suspended live racing following tighter restrictions imposed on public gatherings and events by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. Laurel had briefly hosted spectator-free racing before its suspension. Steve Koch, the senior vice president of racing for The Stronach Group, which owns the Maryland Jockey Club tracks and other tracks across the country, was sympathetic to the uncertainty facing horsemen but said that following state and local health orders and guidelines take precedence.