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Maryland Senate advances plan to aid horse track owner on Laurel, Bowie renovations, require progress on Pimlico

Maryland Senate advances plan to aid horse track owner on Laurel, Bowie renovations, require progress on Pimlico

The Maryland Senate advanced a plan Friday that would allow The Stronach Group to use state bonds to pay for upgrades at horseracing facilities in Laurel and Bowie — provided the company makes progress on redeveloping Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course.

The Senate gave preliminary approval to the plan, setting it up for a final vote Monday. It has the support of The Stronach Group, but Baltimore’s delegation to the House of Delegates has expressed opposition to it.

It would not require that the redevelopment of Pimlico include a horse racing track,...

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