Grand Prix or 'Golden Fleece'?

November 24, 2012

With the less-than-stellar second running of the Baltimore Grand Prix this year, when is Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake going to permanently park the notion of moving forward with it?

The numbers don't lie. Baltimore Racing Development, the event's original promoter, projected 58,000 hotel rooms would be booked. Oops, they were 21,000 shy of reaching that figure.

The promoter also projected that $12 million would be spent on food. In fact, only $3 million, a quarter of that figure, was actually spent.

The BRD wizards also predicted $20 million would be spent in retail sales; a paltry $1.5 million was the real number.

I realize it's tough for anyone to own up to mistakes, but this race is morphing into a true farce.

Isn't it time we pulled the plug on this "Grand Fleece"?

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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