Power outages cut action at Pimlico betting windows

July 01, 1991

The power outages that have hit Northwest Baltimore the past two days have been costly for Pimlico Race Course.

After power was restored each day, the track sought to keep the races on schedules that would accommodate simulcasts Saturday and yesterday. So Pimlico general manager Jim Mango decided to cut short the post parades, giving bettors less time to wager, track spokesman Jeff Weissman said.

The lost time and some lost fans who left the track resulted in another loss, about $200,000 to $300,000 less wagered for the two days, Weissman said.

Normally, races are separated by about a half-hour, Weissman said, but that was cut to 15 to 20 minutes.

Power went out in the middle of the sixth race yesterday, and it was 50 minutes after the sixth when the seventh race went off, he said. The outage occurred before the fifth race Saturday, and power was out for about 45 minutes.

In yesterday's feature race, Valley Crossing went wire-to-wire for a 2 1/2 -length victory over Beltivo in the $22,000 Dit Purse.

The 3-year-old colt, owned by Robert E. Meyerhoff, picked up his second consecutive win, going 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 44 1/5 seconds with Michael Luzzi aboard. Valley Crossing paid $6.40, $3.60 and $2.10 as second choice in the five-horse field.

No one won the Double Triple, putting the carry-over at $79,340.60 for Pimlico's closing day tomorrow.

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