Laurel Park. Maryland has a long-standing love for the ponies. You can watch and wager on Thoroughbreds at this racetrack from January to April, a 10-day period in August, and September to December. Call to see when horses will be running, though races are simulcast seven days a week. Rte. 198 and Race Track Rd., Laurel, MD, 20724. 301/725–0400.