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Maryland State Fair tries to attract younger horse racing fans

Maryland State Fair tries to attract younger horse racing fans

As Elizabeth Moorman sat in the grandstand overlooking the horse races at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, her odds of winning big were very, very good.

Moorman, an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Maryland, was among about 70 college students in attendance who had registered for a chance at one of nine $1,000 scholarships, and her name was drawn as a winner after the day’s second race.

The raffle was part of the first “College Day at the Races” event at the state fair, an effort to draw younger fans to a sport whose crowds continue to skew decidedly older.

“We have a problem in our industry — we need more young people in it,” said Bill Reightler, director of...

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