LAUREL -- Management of the state's thoroughbred and harness racing industries will meet today to discuss details of inter-track wagering.
The conference is the outgrowth of a meeting 10 days ago when Joe De Francis, owner of Laurel and Pimlico race courses, and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association reached accord on a number of issues, including the use of Pimlico for stabling and training during the winter.
"We've been talking back and forth," said Laurel-Pimlico vice president Jim Mango. "We're progressing, and it looks like there is a good chance of working things out."
An agreement would mean that thoroughbred races would be simulcast at Rosecroft Raceway (and possibly its sister track, Delmarva Downs) during the day and harness races at Laurel and Pimlico or Timonium at night, at least on a 90-day experimental basis.
Ted Snell, president of Rosecroft, already met with the Cloverleaf Harness Horse Organization, which represents the horsemen "and I have to report back to them after this meeting."
Approval by the harness horsemen also is necessary to implement management's agreement.
"I think it will take longer than tomorrow to do this," said Snell. "But we're going to be working hard on a commitment."
De Francis is hopeful that revenues from the inter-track deal and future off-track betting parlors in the state will finance the cost of keeping Pimlico open for training.
Breeders' Cup simulcasts
Laurel will have a 10 a.m. post time Saturday to accommodate seven simulcasts from the Breeders' Cup Championships. Gates will open at 8:30 a.m.
The track will run eight live events to launch a 15-race card, including the $60,000 Challedon Handicap.
Simulcasting at Laurel will begin at 1:55 p.m. with the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint. All the races, including the live card, will be simulcast to the Pimlico inter-track facility.
For the second straight year, Laurel will join in the Breeders' Cup National Pick 7. Last year's pool was more than $8.5 million.
Final day for Marlboro
Marlboro closes its two-day stand at the Prince George's Equestrian Center today with a 12:30 p.m. post time for the first of 10 races.
Featured is the $40,000 Marlboro Cup for 3-year-olds and up at a mile. The Jerry Robb entry of He Is Risen and Pulverizing is even money on the overnight line and aiming at the track record of 1 minute, 45 1/5 seconds, set last year by Sunny Sunrise.
Robb will be shooting for his fourth straight leading trainer award.
Trifectas will be offered in every race except the final, when a superfecta will be in effect. The track will again try to give away an automobile to a bettor who correctly picks seven winners.
Dynamic Brush held off the closers to win by a neck in yesterday's 1 1/16-mile feature, an $18,500 allowance for 2-year-olds. It was the second straight victory for the son of Broad Brush, who was sent off at 21-1 odds under apprentice jockey William Moorefield. Wild About Harry, half of a favored Richard Delp entry, rallied for second, a nose in front of another late runner, Hasty Juane . . . . Richard Small saddled Dynamic Brush ($44.20), one of two winners he had on the program, his first two of the meeting. Moorefield also had a double, scoring with favored Squantum Point ($5.00) in the seventh. . . . Edgar Prado retained his lead in the jockey's race by winning his 17th of the meet in the finale aboard Alamance County. He was tied briefly by Rick Wilson, who notched his 16th in the first race on First To Strike.