Pimlico's OTB approval on hold Panel wants public comment

April 15, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

An inter-track wagering experiment between the state's thoroughbred and harness tracks has run into another delay.

There was no opposition to the plan yesterday at a Maryland Racing Commission hearing to grant formal licensing to Pimlico Race Course as an off-track betting outlet to take wagers on televised nightly harness races from Rosecroft and Delmarva raceways.

But commission chairman John H. "Jack" Mosner Jr. said that immediate approval was delayed to give people "that didn't have a chance to attend today can contact us, if they want to, to voice their opinion, and to also give our minority participation committee a chance to look over the application," which was filed by Colt Enterprises, owners of the Rosecroft and Delmarva tracks.

Former commission chairman and current board member Ernest Colvin and Baltimore attorney Ernest Stokes comprise the two-man committee that looks into minority involvement at potential OTB outlets.

Commission approval as an OTB site is needed since Pimlico was not originally listed as an inter-track wagering facility to take the harness simulcasts.

Although Mosner said it is "indefinite" when the panel will vote to approve the application, Pimlico/Laurel general manager Jim Mango said he hopes the inter-track program can begin next Thursday.

But there have have been so many delays already that it is still only conjecture when inter-tracking and the introduction of multiple-signal simulcasting actually will begin.

Fox Brush settlement

S. Bonsal White, owner of Fox Brush, the 3-year-old gelding that was electrocuted at the Pimlico starting gate on April 1 during morning training hours, acknowledged yesterday that he

has received a monetary offer from Pimlico management to pay for the loss.

White did not state specifics, but Martin Jacobs, attorney for the track, said Pimlico has offered to pay White the $25,000 estimated value of the animal as well as a smaller, additional sum that the horse might have won in purses.

White said he is consulting with his attorney, Alan Foreman, before making a decision.

Computer malfunction

AmTote International, Inc. has identified a section of computer hardware, built by IBM, as the culprit in the odds board breakdown on Tuesday, Mango said.

The malfunction caused the Pimlico stewards to cancel the eighth and ninth races.

Mango added that the equipment handles communications for gathering bets from different off-track and commingling sites.

"We have written a letter to AmTote and GTECH [AmTote's parent company] expressing our concerns on a lot of matters," Mango said. "We are not ringing the alarm bells, but we are dependent on their service."

Prado to appeal

Edgar Prado, leading jockey at Pimlico, is expected to appeal a recent seven-day riding suspension to the racing commission.

Prado was suspended by the Pimlico stewards for his ride on Parfy in the fifth race on last Saturday's card. The horse drifted out in the stretch run and impeded two other horses that eventually finished ahead of him.

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