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Maryland Racing Commission needs to hold tracks accountable

Tim Ritvo, the chief operating officer of the Stronach Group, said in a news conference Saturday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course before the 143rd Preaknessthat there are no plans on the table to invest more of the organization’s funds into the 148-year-old facility.

Sun reporter Doug Donovan and the state legislature need to review the history of The Maryland Jockey Club (no matter who the track owners are or were) and the Maryland Racing Commission and consider their own actions to realize that the old adage is correct (“In 2016 Maryland racing regulators gave Stronach $1.7 million for new dorms for track workers. What happened?” July 3). When you do things over and over again and expect different results you are insane. If you added up all the money devoted to unfulfilled projects, the average citizen would be shocked. I think it would build a few air conditioned schools. This has been a very cozy relationship among mutually interested parties for far too long.

We wrote about the conditions at the tracks in the 1990s as part of the Horsemen’s Assistance Program. William Nack of Sports Illustrated did as well. It is only when the racing commission exercises its lawful right to suspend issuing of racing days to the Maryland Jockey Club that anything changes. Monies should be exchanged only when work is completed. Then, and only then, will you see any changes.

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Stuart Tiegel

The writer is the former director of the University of Maryland Horsemen’s Assistance Program.

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