Wednesday simulcasting pushed back to July 14

June 25, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Wednesday simulcasting of thoroughbred races from out-of-state tracks will not start until July 14.

Laurel/Pimlico operator Joe De Francis originally had hoped to begin the simulcasting next week, but said yesterday that operational details with track employees who are members of Local 27 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union still have to be worked out.

"Dark-day simulcasting is not covered by the collective bargaining agreement that we currently have with the union," De Francis said. "We thought we'd be able to move quicker and start next Wednesday, but it's not possible."

Because of the number of live racing days before and after the Fourth of July holiday weekend, De Francis added: "It's just as well we're starting later. There would be too many consecutive days of racing without a break if we began the Wednesday simulcast next week."

He said he anticipates no problems in working out an agreement with the union.

Mondays and Wednesdays are usually dark days at Maryland thoroughbred tracks, but management and horsemen recently agreed to start the Wednesday simulcasting program on the day when there is no live Laurel races.

When the program starts, races from Belmont, Arlington and Hollywood parks will be simulcast at all wagering outlets throughout the state.

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