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By Sports Digest | June 30, 2011
Horse racing Maryland Racing Commission adds Quade Bruce Quade , 65, of the Eastern Shore was introduced at the Maryland Racing Commission's monthly meeting as the group's newest member. "Being on this commission is something I'm interested in, excited and passionate about," said Quade, who is semi-retired from the federal government, where he worked in intelligence and energy. He will serve a four-year term. … The commission will hold a meeting open to the public at 1 p.m. Wednesday to consider the application from Penn National subsidiary Prince George's Racing Ventures LLC for a racetrack license at Rosecroft Raceway.
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Sports Digest | February 6, 2014
Loyola's Fletcher makes men's US Lacrosse team After a tryout process that included 98 players and spanned seven months, US Lacrosse named Loyola Maryland defenseman Joe Fletcher as part of the U.S. men's national team's 30-man roster for the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship, held July 10-19 in Denver. Fletcher, the lone collegian on the team, joins a roster featuring a number of local players, including attackmen Marcus Holman (Gilman) and Steele Stanwick (Loyola High)
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2010
The future of live thoroughbred racing in Maryland — along with the Preakness Stakes —is in jeopardy once again after a state commission on Tuesday rejected a proposed racing schedule contingent on several conditions that horse owners and breeders refused to accept. That means the Laurel Park racetrack could close its doors Jan. 1 unless a last-minute deal is reached between the horsemen and owners of the Maryland Jockey Club, which operates the tracks. Pimlico Race Course doesn't traditionally run races until the spring, when it puts on the Preakness, the second leg of racing Triple's Crown and the state's largest single sporting event.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
Nearly 650 mares were bred in Maryland this year, a 13 percent increase over 2012, and a surge in state slots gambling revenue could help raise the number again next year, according to the Maryland Horse Breeders Association. The gambling revenue has deepened racing purses and the pot of bonuses available for horses bred and sired in the state, driving the rebound from years of decline in the horse breeding and racing industries, officials said. The industries have launched an advertising campaign to promote the growth and encourage more of it. "Breed local, buy local, raise local," a voice booms amid the clip-clopping of hoofs on radio ads that will air around the region, unveiled at an event Friday near M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2011
Kegasus, Lord of the Infield Fest at next month's Preakness drew animated discussion Tuesday at the monthly meeting of the Maryland Racing Commission. Tom Cooke, president of Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association and professor at Georgetown University, started the discussion by voicing his view of the Maryland Jockey Club promoting excessive drinking at this year's Preakness. "I know a lot about alcohol abuse," Cooke told the commission. "It leads to everything from verbal abuse to felony assault, drunk driving, spousal abuse and [more]
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2013
Mike Hopkins, the executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission, was injured in a motorcycle accident Wednesday night in Harford County. Hopkins was flown to the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he has undergone two surgeries. Hopkins said Friday he suffered a broken clavicle, five broken ribs and a broken pelvis. "I'm hanging in there," Hopkins said. He said he would remain hospitalized for another two to three days. According to the Maryland State Police, Hopkins was riding a 2013 Harley Davidson north on Route 1, just past the intersection with Route 136, when a 2011 Chevy Cruz pulled out of the parking lot of Harford Tire and failed to yield.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2012
A day after the lack of oversight at Maryland race tracks came to light in a hearing before the Maryland Racing Commission at Pimlico Race Course , the commission's executive director, Mike Hopkins, said steps are already being taken to improve the situation. One of the biggest issues in the hearing that resulted in upholding the disqualification of the Rick Dutrow Jr.-trained King and Crusader from the Dec. 17 Maryland Juvenile Championship at Laurel Park was the disregard for a regulation mandating slips for each horse being treated before a race to be reviewed by the stewards or their representatives within an hour of each race.
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March 12, 2013
Last April, The New York Times reported on a startling spike in the deaths of horses running at the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens. The investigation found widespread use of drugs to prop up horses that were worn out, broken down or otherwise unfit for the contests in which they were entered, contributing to a 100 percent increase in the horse fatality rate in the first few months of the year. Why were horse owners suddenly taking those kinds of risks? The answer was simple: money. A slot machine gambling parlor opened at Aqueduct in late 2011, subsidizing a massive increase in the purses paid to winning horses and creating financial incentives for owners to take advantage of a lax regulatory structure.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2010
Frank F. Favazza Jr., a general contractor who was a member of the Maryland Racing Commission, died of Parkinson's disease complications Wednesday at Lorien Mays Chapel Health Center in Timonium. He was 82. "He was a true American dream," said former Mayor Thomas J. D'Alesandro III, who was a close friend. "He started as a manual laborer and became one of the top general contractors in Maryland. " Born in Baltimore and raised in the Pimlico section of Northwest Baltimore, Mr. Favazza worked alongside his father at a produce store and with his mother at their Boarman Cafe on Reisterstown Road, where the Favazzas were known for their pizzas and other dishes.
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By Ross Peddicord | May 28, 1992
Clinton Pitts Jr., an associate steward at Maryland's thoroughbred tracks, has submitted his resignation to the Maryland Racing Commission and is expected to take a new job as the Jockey Club steward at New York Racing Association tracks.Maryland Racing Commission chairman John H. Mosner Jr. confirmed yesterday that Pitts had submitted his resignation May 26, due to take effect Oct. 13.Pitts, who had been the administrative or chief steward at Laurel and Pimlico race courses, was reassigned to associate steward after he clashed with the racing board last fall.
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Sports Digest | December 7, 2013
Horse racing Winter schedule announced for Laurel Park Laurel Park's winter meet will begin Jan. 1 and include 46 racing days over 13 weeks, the Maryland Jockey Club, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Maryland Horse Breeders Association announced. The plan still needs to be approved by the Maryland Racing Commission at its Dec. 17 meeting. The Barbara Fritchie Handicap on Feb. 15 and the General George Handicap two days later headline the 16-stakes program, which includes racing Thursdays through Saturdays with holiday exceptions for the first eight weeks.
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October 14, 2013
When I was chairman of the Maryland Racing Commission, I predicted that all sorts of interests would in the future try and nibble away at any monies directed to try and equalize the position of Maryland's horse racing and breeding industries vis-à-vis surrounding states. So Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's pandering to more insistent political forces by suggesting that the state divert some of the money to pre-K hardly comes as a shock ("Gansler expands pre-K idea," Oct. 11). What fascinates me is that House Speaker Michael E. Busch, who during the administration of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. did everything in his power to prevent the implementation of slots legislation and contemptuously dismissed those who raised concerns about the decline of those once great industries ("the average age of the typical horseplayer is dead")
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
When jockey Chelsey Keiser rode Greentree Road, a 6-year-old gelding from Frederick, across the finish line to place second in the fourth race at Laurel Park on Thursday, she earned his owner 20 percent of the $15,000 purse, or $3,000. It was far from the biggest take on a sunny opening day of the 2013 fall meet, the 103rd for the storied track. But it made history. Thanks to a new incentive program aimed at revitalizing Maryland's sagging horse industry, Greentree Road also netted his breeders a bonus of 30 percent of its purse winnings - $900 - because the horse was born in the state.
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September 18, 2013
The Maryland Racing Commission took an important step this week agreeing to join other Eastern states in a set of regulations for the amounts and kinds of medications that can be used at the track. But there is still more that needs to be done to ensure the safety of Maryland's horses and the jockeys who ride them. Maryland's racing season began this year with a shocking string of horse deaths at Laurel Park, which has generally been viewed as one of the safer tracks in the Mid-Atlantic.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2013
Mike Hopkins, the executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission, was injured in a motorcycle accident Wednesday night in Harford County. Hopkins was flown to the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he has undergone two surgeries. Hopkins said Friday he suffered a broken clavicle, five broken ribs and a broken pelvis. "I'm hanging in there," Hopkins said. He said he would remain hospitalized for another two to three days. According to the Maryland State Police, Hopkins was riding a 2013 Harley Davidson north on Route 1, just past the intersection with Route 136, when a 2011 Chevy Cruz pulled out of the parking lot of Harford Tire and failed to yield.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
At Tuesday's meeting of the Maryland Racing Commission, chairman Bruce Quade made what seemed to be an innocuous request. It has been six months since Maryland's horsemen, breeders and tracks reached an unprecedented 10-year agreement to ensure racing could take advantage of slots revenue. Quade, eager to keep legislators in Annapolis appraised of how the sport is using that subsidy, suggested having the parties involved meet regularly and share status updates. He turned to the audience, seeking comment from the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.
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By Ross Peddicord | May 28, 1992
Clinton Pitts Jr., an associate steward at Maryland's thoroughbred tracks, has submitted his resignation to the Maryland Racing Commission and is expected to take a new job as the Jockey Club Steward at New York Racing Association tracks.Maryland Racing Commission chairman John H. Mosner Jr. confirmed yesterday that Pitts had submitted his resignation May 26, due to take effect Oct. 13.Pitts, who had been the administrative or chief steward at Laurel and Pimlico race courses, was reassigned to associate steward after he clashed with the racing board last fall.
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By Jeff Barker | April 30, 2010
The Maryland Racing Commission on Thursday approved the action of a bankruptcy court that transferred the Laurel and Pimlico race tracks to Ontario-based MI Developments. The vote was 8-0, said commission executive director J. Michael Hopkins. One commissioner, John McDaniel, was not present. On Monday, a Delaware bankruptcy court approved Magna Entertainment Corp.'s Chapter 11 reorganization plan that included the transfer.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2013
The Maryland Racing Commission passed a revised incentive program Tuesday meant to persuade thoroughbred breeders to operate in the state and owners of those horses to run on its tracks, but might have shattered the harmony achieved among the sports' stakeholders in recent months. Breeders, who have pushed for a stronger program to reward Maryland horses, hailed the new measure as the final step in rejuvenating the state's horse racing industry. Purses at Maryland tracks have been bolstered by slots revenue - rising from about $160,000 a day to nearly $300,000 since casinos began operating in 2010 - and are again competitive with those in nearby states that legalized gambling earlier.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2013
In a pair of low-slung green stables manned by security guards and watched by 24-hour surveillance cameras, a pack of brawny young horses will be monitored, poked and assessed down to the blood in their veins. The horses set to race in the 138th Preakness are to be kept under a microscope from their arrival at Pimlico Race Course until they burst from their starting gates Saturday — not only to avoid injury but also scandal. "It's become more sophisticated," said David Zipf, 72, the Maryland Racing Commission's longtime chief veterinarian for thoroughbred racing.
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