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Critics say Timonium off-track betting plan left gate too soon

Critics say Timonium off-track betting plan left gate too soon

The new flat-screen televisions have been mounted on the walls above the just-installed hardwood floor, and the betting machines are switched on.

But it's not post time just yet at the refurbished off-track betting room at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium — and it won't be anytime soon, if community and elected leaders have their way.

With fairgrounds officials' support, the Maryland Jockey Club plans to turn the room on the second floor of a faded old grandstand into a full-scale, year-round simulcasting betting outlet, the first of its kind in Baltimore County.

They say the revenue from year-round off-track betting would help push the Jockey Club's...

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