Co-owner of Maryland tracks seeks for 140-day meet

The co-owner of Maryland’s race tracks is trying to secure a

deal that would provide 140 days of live racing in 2011.

Frank Stronach, chairman of MI Developments, which co-owns

Laurel Park and Pimlico with Penn National Gaming, said Saturday

morning that a verbal agreement had been made with horsemen for 140

days of live racing in 2011.

But horsemen’s representatives denied a deal had been made.

Richard Hoffberger, president of the Maryland Thoroughbred

Horsemen’s Association, said, ”I met with Penn; they said we don’t

have a deal.”

With a Maryland Racing Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday,

racetrack ownership and horsemen in the state still have failed to

reach any kind of accord that would allow live racing to be

scheduled in the coming year.

The live thoroughbred racing season concluded Saturday at Laurel

Park. With no deal in place, simulcast wagering in Maryland could

end Dec. 31.

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