Tote board returning to Pimlico in the fall

Scorned video screen spurs move

new board will complement screen

May 23, 2002|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

When patrons return to Pimlico in September for the fall meet that features the Maryland Million, they will be greeted by a new tote board in the infield, track officials said yesterday.

Management ordered the old tote board boarded up and a 26-by-32-foot video screen erected for the spring meet at Pimlico. After receiving so many complaints, the track plans on building a new tote board over the summer.

"We're trying to react to what the fans are asking for," said Lou Raffetto Jr., chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club.

The large screen, known as LumatronX, is difficult to see from certain vantage points, especially when it reflects afternoon sunlight. Also, it doesn't display as much information as the old tote board.

"The hope was that it would be all things to all people," Raffetto said. "It didn't turn out that way."

Raffetto and Tim Capps, Maryland Jockey Club executive vice president, said they didn't know yet what the new tote board would look like or how large it would be.

Raffetto said that it would be erected near LumatronX, which is situated behind the finish line, and that the two would work together to display racing and betting information.

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