Md. Racing Commission rejects plea to address dispute over Rosecroft track

November 05, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Maryland Racing Commission rejected yesterday an effort by an Indiana-based company to draw it into a dispute over Rosecroft Raceway, saying the company's complaint amounted to an attempt to "artificially extend" its deadline to buy the track.

Centaur Inc. had asked the commission to settle a dispute among Maryland track owners related to the distribution of wagering revenue, arguing that the dispute was keeping it from completing its purchase of Rosecroft from Cloverleaf Enterprises Inc. Centaur officials say the dispute was sufficient grounds to automatically extend the Nov. 1 deadline in the deal.

Cloverleaf has said it views the deal as dead, and that it has the right to pursue other suitors for the Prince George's County harness track, which is seen as a prime location for slot machines should they become legal.

David Dawson, a spokesman for Centaur, said the company is disappointed with the ruling but intends to pursue a lawsuit it has filed to compel Cloverleaf to honor the original terms of its deal. He said the commission will have to rule on the revenue-sharing dispute before anyone can buy Rosecroft.

A spokesman for the track was unavailable last night.

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