Quick start for Timonium simulcasting

August 28, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Early indications point to a successful experiment with simulcasting from Timonium Race Course to the other Maryland betting outlets.

"We're very pleased. The system is going very well," said Jim Mango, Pimlico-Laurel vice president of mutuels and development.

Mango estimated that the state's sites -- including Laurel, Pimlico, Rosecroft, Delmarva and the off-track betting parlors -- would handle $1.8 million on seven different tracks by the conclusion of the Atlantic City simulcast card late last night.

"Starting with that amount is unbelievable," he said. "Normally, when we [Laurel or Pimlico] have a live card on Saturday we will do about $2.3 million or $2.4 million, so $1.8 million is an amazing number."

The live handle at Timonium was 40 percent lower than last year's opening Saturday (when the program had 12 races) at $391,614, but when betting at all the state's outlets are factored in, $742,610 was wagered on the Timonium card, an increase over 1993.

"If we average $1 million daily at all sites for the [10-day] meeting, we will be hitting a home run," said Mango. "Half the meeting is on a weekend or holiday, and if we can do $1.6 million on those days, this will be great."

Mango said there were a few early glitches in the system, but nothing that wasn't overcome quickly.

Horse destroyed after auto accident

Loon Mountain, an 8-year-old gelding scheduled to run in the fourth race yesterday, was destroyed after his owner-trainer was involved in an accident en route to the Lasix barn at Timonium.

"I understand John Bosley was in a collision with another car in Baltimore County and the horse had to be put down," said racing secretary Georgeanne Hale.

Another scratch from the card, Classic Mistake in the fifth, was hurt in an accident on Route 450 after leaving Bowie.

Miscellaneous

Yesterday's opening-day feature, a $16,000 allowance race, was no contest. Vaulted, with Andrea Seefeldt aboard, sprinted away quickly from four rivals and went on to an eight-length victory over 1 1/16 miles. The 5-year-old roan mare ran the distance in 1 minute, 44 4/5 seconds despite no competition up front. Vallation rallied for second. It was the third win in eight starts this year for Vaulted, who had been running in stakes races on the turf. . . . National Best Seven wagering will be conducted only at the major tracks and the OTB centers. There is no Best Seven betting at Timonium. . . . Jockeys Omar Klinger and Austreberto Salazar will serve suspensions through the Timonium meeting for careless riding Thursday at Pimlico. Klinger's mount, Lovem'N Leavem, was disqualified from a dead heat for victory.

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