Pimlico spring wagering down 22 percent

Lacrosse Hall to honor seven

May 27, 2011|By Sports Digest

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Pimlico spring wagering down; Lacrosse Hall to honor seven

Average wagering figures at Pimlico Race Course were down 22 percent from last spring's meet, according to the Maryland Jockey Club. The average daily handle went from $6.26 million to $4.87 million. The stand, which ended with Saturday's Preakness Day card, featured 29 live racing dates, nine more than a year ago, and 21 simulcast days. Rain forced racing officials to move turf races to the main track on 11 live racing days, significantly reducing field size. "When you lose more than a third of your turf racing because of weather during a brief meeting the disappointment is played out in the numbers," Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas said. "It is a given, grass racing equals bigger fields and a larger handle." Attendance at Pimlico on Preakness Day rose from 95,760 in 2010 to 107,398. "Finding a way to get the folks who come out on the third Saturday in May to come back this fall is a major focus as we move forward to build our business," Chuckas said. Live racing will return to the major Maryland tracks Sept.10 at Laurel Park for the fall meeting, which follows a two weekend stand at the Timonium State Fair.

Lacrosse: Three players who starred at Maryland colleges — Johns Hopkins' David W. Huntley, Navy's John "Jake" Lawlor and Maryland's Sandra Lanahan Zvosec — are part of the induction class for 2011 announced Thursday by the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. They will be inducted Oct. 29 at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley. The 2011 induction class also includes Bruce Allison, Traci Davis, Suzanne Honeysett McKinney and Jonathan Reese. Huntley was a first-team All-American in 1977 and 1979 and second-team selection in 1978. Lawlor was a first-team All-American in 1974 and 1975. Zvosec was an All-American in 1981.

—From Sun staff and news services

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