Fans bet $2 million on simulcasts

January 17, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Even though live racing was canceled because of the severe cold at Laurel Race Course over the weekend, fans wagered more than $2 million at Maryland's seven betting outlets on full-card simulcasts from five out-of-state tracks.

On Saturday, about $1.1 million was bet on thoroughbred races at Gulfstream and Santa Anita parks, Bay Meadows and Fair Grounds race courses and on the harness card at Freehold Raceway.

The handle was expected to reach $1 million yesterday on races from all of the same tracks, except The Meadowland harness card replaced Freehold. The first race was simulcast from Philadelphia Park, but then the rest of the card at that track was canceled.

Laurel general manager John E. Mooney said a decision will be made about today's live card at 8 a.m.

"We're hoping the [predicted] precipitation misses us, which I doubt,"Mooney said. He will meet with track superintendent John Passero at 6:30 a.m. and then with the horsemen's and jockeys' representatives at 8 a.m., when a decision on whether to conduct the live card will be made.

NOTES: The Thoroughbred Racing Association announces its choice for the organization's first commissioner of racing today at a news conference in New York. . . . Maryland's Hall of Fame trainer, Henry Clark, turns 90 this week. . . . Despite the absence of live racing, about $125,000 was contributed to horsemen's Laurel purses over the weekend from the simulcasts.

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