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The Interview: Greg Avioli

The Interview: Greg Avioli

Greg Avioli is not new to thoroughbred racing.

But the former chief executive of the Breeders' Cup race still faces a difficult task in running The Stronach Group's racing business, which took full control of the financially ailing Maryland Jockey Club last week.

The Jockey Club, which owns and operates Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, has suffered through a succession of corporate owners in recent years. And in a sport that has seen attendance and wagering fall, it has struggled to make money even with the Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of the Triple...