Contract talks scheduled yesterday between Rosecroft Raceway and the union representing its mutuel clerks and related employees were postponed for a week.
Negotiators for management, scheduled to fly in from Chicago, were unable to attend because Washington's National Airport was closed by fog.
"I really hope that this will get wrapped up at the next meeting," said Rosecroft general manager Dennis Dowd. "Let's say we're guardedly optimistic."
Members of Local 27 worked through December under the terms of their old contract. The track is closed in January.
"I believe we would have had a deal by now if it weren't for the weather," said Dowd. "With all the problems facing all of us, neither side needs a bad deal now."
Lewises are honored
Horse owners Bob and Beverly Lewis of Newport Beach, Calif., have become the first husband-and-wife team to win the Turf Publicists of America's Big Sport of Turfdom Award.