Racing commission is pursuing improved security at Pimlico


The Maryland Racing Commission vowed yesterday to work with Pimlico management to beef up security after a union leader and commissioners complained of security lapses at the Baltimore racetrack.

Three robberies outside Pimlico and one pick-pocketing incident inside have occurred in recent months, said Harry Manley, the union leader representing track workers. He blamed the incidents on cutbacks in security.

Jim Gagliano, Maryland Jockey Club executive vice president in charge of racing operations, said that two security posts had been cut since July but that both were in non-critical areas. He denied that the cutbacks had compromised security.

Commissioner John McDaniel said he frequently hears patrons complain about the lack of security. He said his daughter recently had her purse stolen in the Pimlico dining room.

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