GM Mango may assume new role Laurel notebook

June 27, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Another management shake-up is in the works at Laurel/Pimlico race courses.

Because of the rapid expansion in the technological side of the business, Jim Mango, senior vice president and general manager at the tracks, could assume a full-time role as senior vice president of development and mutuels.

If that occurs then a new senior vice president and general manager likely would be hired. So far the name being mentioned for that job is John Mooney, general manager at Delaware Park.

Laurel/Pimlico operator Joe De Francis declined to comment yesterday. "I don't confirm or deny any rumors concerning personnel," he said.

Mooney did not return phone calls yesterday.

Mango said that because of the increased use of full-card simulcasts from out-of-state tracks and the expansion of an off-track betting system, "the workload in the mutuels office has quadrupled."

He and Dennis Smoter, director of simulcasting operations, are moving their offices out of the executive wing of the Laurel building and into the mutuels department.

"We have as many as nine different tracks a day coming in here [sending their signal], five tracks going out [commingling pools with the Laurel operation], three off-track locations, two OTBs and we're in the process of doing national pool studies," Mango said.

"It's a complex and intense operation. All the while that we're growing, we also have to keep costs under control. The last thing I want to do is re-enter the mutuels department, but now that is where the action is."

Laurel/Pimlico also hopes to have as many as 12 off track-betting parlors open in the state by the end of the year, and it is Mango who oversees the technical installation and maintenance of equipment at the sites.

He also is involved in architectural and other plans for the new track proposed by the Lone Star Jockey Club in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area.

Benders' busy weekend

Howard and Sondra Bender started a double stakes weekend on a winning note yesterday at Laurel when Maryland Moon came from off the pace set by Older And Smarter and won the $56,050 Chieftain Handicap.

The Benders' 3-year-old colt, Secret Odds, voted champion Maryland-bred 2-year-old last year, is the 8-5 morning line favorite today in the $45,000 Sewickley Handicap at Belmont Park. The race is being used as a prep for the horse in the upcoming De Francis Dash.

Maryland Moon, a confirmed grass runner, is nominated to the International Mile and the Laurel Turf Cup, two of the principal races this fall in the revamped Laurel Turf Festival.

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