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Patrick Maynard and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2012
Right now, Twitter and Google users around Baltimore are looking toward both a potentially slushy weekend and the new year beyond, according to those sites' metrics. Meanwhile, Philadelphia rappers Meek and Cassidy have continued their fake fight in order to gain attention. (Based on twitter trends, it looks like it may have worked.) In homes across America, however there was worry this week about actual fights: As the relatives wouldn't go away and NetFlix went down, hosts who wanted to go out nearly went crazy instead.
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BUSINESS
By Chris Korman | December 4, 2012
Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time and current Canton dweller , headed north to visit another of the state's most successful sportsmen, horse trainer Graham Motion. Phelps' coach, Bob Bowman, tweeted the above photo of the two outside one of Motion's barns at the peaceful, sprawling Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton this afternoon. It was Bowman who got Phelps into racing. He'd picked up an interest years ago because a swimming coach he was working with liked to go out to the races.
NEWS
November 28, 2012
Maryland's horse racing industry has faced a multitude of threats in recent decades - increased competition from other forms of gambling; massive subsidies to horsemen, breeders and tracks in other states; an aging fan base and a general decline in interest in the sport of kings. But the most vexing challenges are those that Maryland's industry has imposed on itself in the form of persistent infighting that has prevented any concerted effort to reverse a decades-long slide. Given the history and the overall state of horse racing, it may be a mistake to grow overly optimistic about the prospects for revival.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2012
Maryland's thoroughbred horse racing tracks and the state's horsemen are close to agreement on a 10-year deal that would give the industry stability it has not seen in decades, those involved in the negotiations say. "We've had years of not knowing what the future would hold," said Alan Foreman, the lawyer for the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. "But now we're running for historic levels of purse money and are on the cusp of an unprecedented revenue-sharing agreement with the track operator.
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2012
More than $26 million - 7 percent of all revenue from slots in Maryland - has been pumped into racing purses at the state's tracks over the last two years. As industry insiders work to figure out a long-range plan they believe will restore Maryland as a top state for horse racing, they also must negotiate with a group that typically has stayed quiet when it comes to discussions of how the money is doled out: jockeys. About 20 riders appeared at the September meeting of the Maryland Racing Commission, during which Terry Meyocks of the national Jockeys' Guild requested an increase in the amount a losing rider makes for a race.
EXPLORE
By Gwendolyn Glenn | October 8, 2012
Venus Theatre owner Deb Randall has done it again with another insightful and entertaining production, "Devil Dog Six," that she not only directs and produces but stars in as well. Randall and five other actors play numerous roles in the show, from trainers and jockeys to horses that neigh, stomp and race around a circular platform in high-stakes races played out on stage. The play, which runs through Oct. 28 at the C Street theater, takes the audience on a dramatic journey, where the supernatural, a bit of mystery and themes of racism, sexism and gambling addiction come to life in often-times explosive ways.
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By Jennifer K. Dansicker | October 4, 2012
Horse racing history comes alive in Havre de Grace for the fifth annual Graw Days Festival celebration with live music, delicious food, family-friendly games, hand-crafted items, and of course, horses from the Susquehanna State Park Mounted Patrol. “This festival combines history with entertainment. La Banque de Fleuve will have historical items like the original paintings of famous horses, racing forms from period horse racing and silks from famous riders,” says co-chair of the Graw Days Festival, Irmgarde Brown.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | August 23, 2012
Men's college lacrosse Johns Hopkins grad Rewkowski, Maryland's Phipps to join Hoyas staff The Georgetown men's lacrosse program is expected to fill its two full-time assistant coaching positions by naming Matt Rewkowski (Johns Hopkins) offensive coordinator and Brian Phipps (Maryland, Severn) an assistant in charge of goalies, three sources familiar with the search said Tuesday. Rewkowski, 29, had been the offensive coordinator at Cornell the past two seasons. He also had spent four seasons at Hofstra and one at Denver.
NEWS
By Arthur Lisi | August 12, 2012
I have been a Maryland horseman for more than 30 years, but it is only recently that I have become better acquainted with the issues that face the equine industry on our state. I started going to the Maryland Racing Commission meetings. Our group dedicated to preserving harness racing joined the Maryland Horse Council. I started talking to people involved with the thoroughbred community. And I have gotten a sense of the views that all segments of our industry would like to express to our elected officials as they once again debate expanded gambling.
SPORTS
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
Veterinarians who examined Preakness winner I'll Have Another before and after the race at Pimlico Race Course said this week that he was healthy and that his medication regimen was not unusual. The New York Times reported that the colt, who also won the Kentucky Derby but scratched with a tendon injury a day before the Belmont Stakes, had suffered from osteoarthritis and was given "powerful painkillers and a synthetic joint fluid" in the days leading up to the final leg of the Triple Crown.
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