Panel to choose '94 meet dates Commission expects to keep same number of racing days HORSE RACING

November 10, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

The Maryland Racing Commission meets at Timonium today to approve next year's dates for the state's major and minor tracks.

Expect little change in the lineup.

"They're going to be very similar to this year's," said Ken Schertle, the commission's executive director. "There's not really much controversy involved."

Included on the minor circuit will be the 10-day meet at Timonium concluding on Labor Day, two autumn days at Marlboro and two days of racing at Fair Hill.

Rosecroft Raceway has no competition for harness racing dates, and Pimlico and Laurel are operated by the same management.

"The only thing really involved is an adjustment in the dates because of the calendar," said Schertle. "The number of days at each place is practically the same."

The commission will also review a number of topics raised by the standardbred industry, including veterinary care at the tracks.

Intertrack wagering between Rosecroft and Pimlico has to be extended, a matter considered a formality.

* Laurel, normally dark on Wednesdays, will have racing today and every Wednesday through the rest of the year. Today's post time is 12:30 p.m.

Sundays are now dark because of competition from NFL games.

The simulcast wagering will be unaffected by the change, with both Sunday and Wednesday offering full-card, commingled wagering from out-of-state tracks.

NOTES: Edgar Prado had one winner yesterday to raise his meet-leading total to 51. . . . A victory by long shot Discernment ($118.80) in the featured ninth race set up an unusual situation in which no late daily double tickets had been purchased on two horses in the ninth. However, the rarity of a nine-all daily double payoff was averted when favored Old Stompingrounds ($5.60) won the finale for a $321.80 double return. Omar Klinger rode both winners. . . . Laurel will hold its traditional Thanksgiving Day card Nov. 25 starting at 10:30 a.m. The first 7,000 fans at Laurel and the first 2,000 at Pimlico will have a choice of a pumpkin or mincemeat pie.

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