Storm Causes Laurel to Cancel Final Two Races Aug. 5

A severe lightning and thunderstorm passing through the Mid-Atlantic region forced the Maryland Jockey Club to cancel Laurel Park's live Friday program following the seventh race. Laurel had two races remaining on Friday's card, which had its usual 12:40 p.m. post time pushed back to 1:50 p.m. due to a high temperatures topping 90 degrees, heavy humidity, and a heat index of 100. Live action will return to Laurel Saturday with 10 races, including the $100,000 Bald Eagle Derby for 3-year-olds going 1 3/16 miles and $100,000 Searching for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles, both scheduled for the grass. Saturday's forecast calls for a high of 89 degrees and a 50 % chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m.