Because of the lack of a quorum, the Maryland Racing Commission meeting scheduled for yesterday at Timonium Race Course was postponed.
Only four commissioners were present -- five are needed to act on issues -- and no new date was set for the meeting.
Whenever the panel reconvenes, it will address a request from Rosecroft Raceway for 260 nights of racing next year, 22 more than this year.
A notice must be published and a meeting held within 10 miles of the harness track before the commission can allow more than 240 racing nights in a year.
The 1994 schedule submitted by Laurel/Pimlico contains few changes, with the total not to exceed 296 days, plus any days lost to bad weather in previous years.
Timonium has asked for 10 days from Aug. 27 to Sept. 5, Fair Hill for Memorial Day and Sunday, Oct. 30, and Marlboro for two days with dates to be determined.
Fair Hill also has requested permission to use Lasix and phenylbutazone (bute).
Delmarva Downs will run 75 nights, starting April 1,if approved.
Prado continues run
More Edgar Prado victories were featured on the first Wednesday card of the fall-winter session.
Prado rode four winners, including Golden Phase in the featured allowance race and All My Princesses in the finale as the filly broke her maiden in her 21st start.
Favored Golden Phase pulled away from Son Of Zora for a three-length score in the feature, marking the second win of the card for the tandem of Prado and trainer Dale Capuano.
Then, All My Princesses, who had four seconds and five thirds on her record, easily repulsed long shot Conga Bear to reach the winner's circle.
The four winners raised Prado's total to 55 for the meet.
Wednesday betting slow
The commingling handle improved, but overall the track's business suffered on the first Wednesday of a seven-week run.
Compared with the last Sunday conducted at Laurel, Halloween Day, the total handle decreased almost $200,000 with $1,364,607 wagered on all action yesterday.
At Laurel, the simulcasting outlets and off-track betting parlors throughout the state, betting on the Maryland card was down $929,081, to $571,642.
The 11th race of the Amateur Riders Club of the Americas will be held in conjunction with today's card. It will be a 1 1/16-mile event with a field of 10 expected. . . . For hunch players interested in college football, South Bend was an upset winner in yesterday's fifth race, returning $31.60 with Alberto Delgado up for his second win.