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How to save Pimlico? Put a full casino inside it

Horses race around the first turn of the 125th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Baltimore. File.
Horses race around the first turn of the 125th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Baltimore. File.(Doug Kapustin / TNS)

To keep the Preakness in Baltimore, have the Maryland General Assembly introduce legislation to grant The Stronach Group slots and table games at the current site plus add 50 additional racing days at Pimlico (only for use at Pimlico; they can't move or sell the dates).

Then lawmakers should change the current Maryland Racetrack Facilities Renewal Program to require 50-50 spending on Laurel and Pimlico by The Stronach Group (“Baltimore leaders blast Pimlico owner for spending bulk of state renovation subsidies at Laurel Park,” Feb. 26). Meanwhile, Maryland’s share would be to kick in 50 percent of what the Stronachs put into Laurel and 75 percent at Pimlico. The city and state would get additional tax revenue from gambling along with sales and admissions taxes, etc.

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The Horseshoe Casino ownership will complain, so give them sports gambling while limiting Pimlico sports wagering to horses only (on top of the new casino revenue). Stronach pays for construction of the casino and renovations at Pimlico.

Make this offer and The Stronach Group will be jumping at the deal.

William Hensel, Ocean City

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