Rejected track buyer hires Taylor's firm

November 04, 2003

Casper R. Taylor Jr., the former speaker of the Maryland House, has a new lobbying client with gambling interests: Centaur Inc., a rejected suitor of Rosecroft Raceway.

Taylor said yesterday that he and Gary R. Alexander, principal partner of the Alexander & Cleaver lobbying firm, will represent the Indiana company on state regulatory issues and a contract dispute with Cloverleaf Enterprises Inc., Rosecroft's owners, over whether Centaur's option to buy the Prince George's County track has expired.

Taylor said he expects to do much of his work at the Maryland Racing Commission, where Rosecroft is locked in a dispute with the Maryland Jockey Club over simulcasting rules, the status of which forms the basis of a lawsuit Centaur has filed against Cloverleaf in an attempt to revive its purchase agreement.

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