Sun coverage: Future of horse racing in Maryland

Laurel Park, Pimlico owner to ask for state help in 2012

6:24 PM EST, December 20, 2011

Laurel Park, Pimlico owner to ask for state help in 2012

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.

Horsemen offer help in 2012 for a full racing schedule

2:25 PM EST, December 20, 2011

Horsemen offer help in 2012 for a full racing schedule

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.

Pimlico, Laurel Park to maintain 146 days of racing in 2012

4:57 PM EST, December 17, 2011

Pimlico, Laurel Park to maintain 146 days of racing in 2012

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

Thoroughbred racing industry misses racing-date deadline

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

Labor secretary ready to lead mediation on simulcast talks

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

State expected to mediate simulcast negotiations

The state is expected to mediate negotiations on a new simulcasting agreement between Rosecroft Raceway and representatives of Maryland's thoroughbred racing.

Penn National sells stake in Maryland Jockey Club

6:16 PM EDT, June 16, 2011

Penn National sells stake in Maryland Jockey Club

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.

Orioles owner Angelos bids to buy Rosecroft, put slots there

9:20 PM EST, January 4, 2011

Orioles owner Angelos bids to buy Rosecroft, put slots there

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.

Racetrack crews find temporary relief from closure worries

11:42 PM EST, December 30, 2010

Racetrack crews find temporary relief from closure worries

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."

O'Malley brokers last-minute deal to guarantee live racing

6:54 PM EST, December 22, 2010

O'Malley brokers last-minute deal to guarantee live racing

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.

Maryland Racing Commission rejects horse-racing proposal

9:21 PM EST, December 21, 2010

Maryland Racing Commission rejects horse-racing proposal

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.

Jockey Club owners and horsemen at odds over live racing season

8:39 PM EST, December 20, 2010

Jockey Club owners and horsemen at odds over live racing season

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.

Owners' actions argue for seizure of horse tracks

7:05 PM EST, December 13, 2010

Jay Hancock: Owners' actions argue for seizure of horse tracks

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

Maryland Jockey Club to seek 77 racing days

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.

Racing industry agrees Preakness should stay, but no deal

9:54 PM EST, December 6, 2010

Racing industry agrees Preakness should stay, but no deal

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.

Maryland's racing future uncertain

6:49 PM EST, December 4, 2010

Maryland's racing future uncertain

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.

Jay Hancock: Stronach: 'I'll visit Md. to fix horse track mess'

December 2, 2010

Jay Hancock: Stronach: 'I'll visit Md. to fix horse track mess'

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!

Efforts under way to try to salvage live horse racing in Md.

10:37 PM EST, November 30, 2010

Efforts under way to try to salvage live horse racing in Md.

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.

Stronach again fails Maryland horse racing

7:46 PM EST, November 30, 2010

Jay Hancock: Stronach again fails Maryland horse racing

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.

Md. Racing Commission rejects Jockey Club plan

10:12 PM EST, November 29, 2010

Md. Racing Commission rejects Jockey Club plan

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.

Frank Stronach becomes CEO of Jockey Club parent

2:35 PM EST, November 12, 2010

Frank Stronach becomes CEO of Jockey Club parent

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.

Penn National supports curtailing racing operations

7:06 PM EST, November 9, 2010

Penn National supports curtailing racing operations

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.

Racing boss stops move to close Laurel Park

12:27 AM EST, November 9, 2010

Jay Hancock: Racing boss stops move to close Laurel Park

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.

Maryland Jockey Club to curtail operations

9:19 PM EDT, November 3, 2010

Maryland Jockey Club to curtail operations

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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