Sun coverage: Future of horse racing in Maryland
6:24 PM EST, December 20, 2011
The owner of Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course plans to ask the state for up to $6 million in slots subsidies to help run 146 days of live racing at the two tracks next year.
2:25 PM EST, December 20, 2011
The owner of Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course plans to ask the state for up to $6 million in slots subsidies to help support the day-to-day operations of the tracks next year.
4:57 PM EST, December 17, 2011
The owner of Maryland's two major thoroughbred tracks and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association reached a tentative agreement Saturday to maintain 146 days of live racing next year, avoiding another last-minute showdown that threatened the racing industry.
5:19 PM EST, December 1, 2011
The thoroughbred industry missed Thursday's deadline to submit a long-term business plan to sustain the sport to the Maryland General Assembly.
4:15 PM EDT, July 1, 2011
Maryland labor secretary Alexander Sanchez will begin leading mediation next week on a new simulcasting agreement between Rosecroft Raceway and representatives of Maryland's thoroughbred racing industry.
3:27 PM EDT, June 30, 2011
The state is expected to mediate negotiations on a new simulcasting agreement between Rosecroft Raceway and representatives of Maryland's thoroughbred racing.
6:16 PM EDT, June 16, 2011
The co-owners of Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course have ended their tumultuous one-year partnership, leaving Maryland's thoroughbred racetrack operator with a single owner.
9:20 PM EST, January 4, 2011
Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos is bidding to buy a bankrupt horse-racing track in Prince George's County and resurrecting a push to allow slot machines there.
11:42 PM EST, December 30, 2010
Frances Kent has made her home for 22 years in one room along the backstretch at Laurel Park. She pays no rent, but also has no private bath or cooking appliances, which are not allowed, so she saves coupons for Arby's roast beef specials and other fast food, and finds that canned "tomato soup is not bad cold."
6:54 PM EST, December 22, 2010
With the Maryland thoroughbred industry as close as ever to demise, Gov. Martin O'Malley on Wednesday brokered a last-minute deal that guarantees live racing next year at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course and ensures the storied Preakness Stakes will continue here.
9:21 PM EST, December 21, 2010
The future of live thoroughbred racing in Maryland — along with the Preakness Stakes —is in jeopardy once again after a state commission on Tuesday rejected a proposed racing schedule contingent on several conditions that horse owners and breeders refused to accept.
8:39 PM EST, December 20, 2010
On the eve of the Maryland Racing Commission's last scheduled meeting of the year, the owners of the state's two major thoroughbred tracks and horse-racing industry representatives were trying to hammer out a last-minute deal to ensure live meets can be run next year.
7:05 PM EST, December 13, 2010
Eminent domain, which gives government authority to forcibly purchase private property, is a last resort in countries that aren't run by juntas or Politburos.
8:11 PM EST, December 10, 2010
The owners of Maryland's two major thoroughbred tracks proposed Friday to run 77 days of live racing next year at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course that would conclude after the Preakness Stakes in May.
9:54 PM EST, December 6, 2010
Although various players in the state's thoroughbred racing industry may disagree on how to sustain the sport, Gov. Martin O'Malley's office said Monday that everyone agreed on one thing: keeping the Preakness Stakes in Maryland.
6:49 PM EST, December 4, 2010
Maryland's thoroughbred owners, trainers and breeders have long worried that their industry is on the brink of collapse, issuing dire warnings about the potential loss of the Preakness Stakes, the state's biggest annual entertainment and sporting event.
December 2, 2010
John Scheinman of Thoroughbred Times gets what I think is the first interview with Frank Stronach, who runs Pimlico and Laurel Park through MI Developments, since I talked to him three weeks ago. Don't worry, says Frank, everything will be fine!
10:37 PM EST, November 30, 2010
State officials and the horse-racing industry vowed on Tuesday to try to salvage live thoroughbred racing in Maryland next year, though it remains unclear if the various stakeholders can come together to forge a viable plan.
7:46 PM EST, November 30, 2010
The best spin you can give Frank Stronach is that he has good intentions but makes bad deals with inappropriate partners — people who seem more interested in slot-machine riches than in the thoroughbred racing he loves.
10:12 PM EST, November 29, 2010
Maryland's two major thoroughbred tracks may not host live racing next year — potentially jeopardizing the Preakness Stakes — after the state's racing commission on Monday rejected a plan to drastically curtail the racing schedule at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course.
2:35 PM EST, November 12, 2010
Frank Stronach, the founder and chairman of the Maryland Jockey Club's majority owner MI Developments, has also taken on the role of chief executive officer.
7:06 PM EST, November 9, 2010
The future of Laurel Park was further clouded Tuesday, after the racetrack's minority owner said it still supports plans to eliminate live horse racing there.
12:27 AM EST, November 9, 2010
Delivering surprising if tenuous hope to Maryland's horse-racing industry, track owner Frank Stronach reversed his organization's move to slash thoroughbred meets and end races at Laurel Park next year, saying he hopes to strike a deal with breeders and state officials to save Laurel as well as Baltimore's historic Pimlico Race Course.
9:19 PM EDT, November 3, 2010
Maryland's horse racing interests have warned for years that the industry's long tradition would come to an end without the legalization of slot machine gambling in the state.
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