Track operators plan OTB near Elkton

April 16, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Maryland's first off-track betting parlor, near Frederick, has yet to be licensed and no date has been set for its opening, but the operators of Pimlico/Laurel already are planning a second facility, in Cecil County.

Unlike the first site at the Cracked Claw restaurant in Urbana, which is being operated by its owner-manager Johnny Poole, the second parlor will be run by Maryland Jockey Club management.

According to Pimlico/Laurel senior vice president and general manager Jim Mango, Pimlico/Laurel is leasing a large restaurant and catering facility called Poor Jimmy's, located on U.S. Route 40 near Elkton, and is refurbishing it as an OTB outlet.

"We have tentatively worked out a deal to lease the restaurant from its owner, Jimmy LaBomba," Mango said. "We are in the process of putting together a contract and hope to submit an application to the Maryland Racing Commission [to start the licensing procedure] in the next seven to 10 days."

Mango said the restaurant has two floors and four large rooms. He estimated that the outlet could handle $100,000 a day in bets and could be open in early June.

Previously, the Ramada Inn and Convention Center in Hagerstown had been mentioned as the site of the state's second OTB outlet.

The racing commission will hold a hearing at the Cracked Claw at 10 a.m. April 21.

Storm Tower is Wood favorite

Maryland-based Storm Tower, trained at the Bowie Training Center by Ben Perkins Jr., is the 5-2 early favorite in the 12-horse lineup for tomorrow's $500,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Race Course.

Storm Tower, who will be ridden by Pimlico jockey Rick Wilson, is the choice over the Loblolly Stable entry of Marked Tree and Ozan. The Tom Bohannan-trained horses are listed at 3-1 odds and are the second choice.

Storm Tower has not run since finishing second to Bull inthe Heather on March 20 in the Florida Derby.

Steeplechase trainer in serious condition

Baltimore County steeplechase trainer Alicia Murphy was in the intensive care unit and listed in serious condition at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center after being kicked in the stomach by one of her horses Wednesday.

Murphy, trainer of Circuit Bar, the state's leading jumper in 1992, fell from the animal after a deer spooked the mount during cross-country training.

Michael Murphy, her husband, said that his wife suffered a lot of internal bleeding and had some liver and kidney damage.

"Alicia was knocked off and when she grabbed the horse's reins, he kicked her with both hind legs," her husband said.

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