Maryland Jockey Club hires Capps

Maryland Million director rejoins tracks after 6 years

Horse Racing

November 24, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Tim Capps, vice president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and executive director of Maryland Million Ltd., will join the company that owns Pimlico and Laurel Park as an executive vice president, it was announced yesterday.

The move will take effect Jan. 1.

"We're delighted to welcome back someone of Tim's talent and expertise," said Joe De Francis, head of the Maryland Jockey Club, which owns the two tracks.

"The MJC, working in tandem with its account wagering partner, TVG, must move aggressively and efficiently to develop and grow its core customer base. In addition, it is more important today than ever before that track management forge an effective partnership with horsemen and breeders.

"Tim's strong standing with these important constituencies will help us to work together to move Maryland racing forward."

Capps served as vice president of communications for the Maryland Jockey Club from January 1991 through September 1995, and has served in a variety of management positions in the racing industry since the early 1970s.

"This is a challenging time for the Maryland racing industry, but it is also a time of great opportunity," he said.

"The efforts of the MJC and the entire industry have to be focused on improving our current business environment through enhanced off-track and account wagering operations and other means of creating a more positive atmosphere around our racing program for our fans and horsemen."

Michael Pons, president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and a director of the Maryland Million, said, "While we are very sorry to lose Tim, we are pleased that he will be remaining in Maryland as an executive with the MJC, and that we will be able to continue to work with Tim to improve Maryland racing."

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