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.