The important thing about the request by Ms. Glenn and Mr. Hayes is that it serves as a reminder that legislators are paying attention to it now and that their interest hasn’t waned in the weeks since the Preakness concluded. Legislators from the city and beyond need to make clear that they hold leverage over the track owners. The state provided more than $70 million last year to support the horse racing industry, most of it to thoroughbred racing, through purse subsidies and racetrack renewal funds, generated by proceeds from slot machine gambling. Given the uproar when the public discovered the open secret that legalizing slot machines and later full casinos didn’t really result in more money for schools, coupled with the expected scramble to find funds for the Kirwan Commission’s recommendations for improving K-12 education, racing’s hold on that $70 million a year looks pretty tenuous. The racing industry has traditionally had a great deal of influence in Annapolis, but we question whether the new generation of legislators who have recently joined the House and Senate feel much loyalty to it — particularly when the owner of Maryland’s thoroughbred tracks appears intent on abandoning its investment in a distressed corner of a distressed city.