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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | August 9, 1997
Memorial ServiceEddie Blind: A memorial services for Eddie Blind, 90, head starter at Maryland thoroughbred tracks who died Aug. 6, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.Also, the name of Mr. Blind's daughter, Joan Blind Long of Long Island, N.Y., was inadvertently omitted from his obituary published Aug. 9. The Sun regrets the error.Eddie Blind was known as the "maestro of the start."During his 32-year career as head starter at Maryland thoroughbred tracks, he opened the gate on an estimated 75,000 races.
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July 17, 2009
FTC, 19 states act to stop sham loan consultants LOS ANGELES - Prosecutors in Maryland and nationwide filed 189 legal actions Wednesday against loan modification consultants accused of bilking homeowners who are desperate to make their mortgage payments more affordable. The lawsuits and cease-and-desist orders announced by Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz and California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown were part of a nationwide sweep of alleged sham consultants by the federal agency and officials in 19 states.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN STAFF | October 28, 1998
Mouth open, teeth bared, the 2-year-old preens for the dentist. "She's doing great," said Mike O'Donnell, plunging half his arm -- and a flashlight -- into the patient's mouth.Nor does she flinch when O'Donnell begins smoothing her teeth with a metal file, like those found in machine shops.Scrrrunch, scrrrunch, scrrrunch. The file grates back and forth for 20 minutes as the patient -- a 900-pound horse -- stands idly in her stall at the Bowie Training Center in Prince George's County.So goes Mary Bo Quoit's first dental exam, a milestone in the career of the Maryland thoroughbred whose life is being chronicled in The Sun. Mary Bo Quoit, nicknamed "Miss Piggy," passes the checkup.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,hanah.cho@baltsun.com | July 10, 2009
The stockholders of Rosecroft Raceway have approved the sale of the bankrupt Prince George's County harness track to a former owner. The move would return the racetrack to Greenbelt real estate developer Mark Vogel, who owned it for four years before financial troubles forced him to file for bankruptcy protection in 1991. "I'm so excited about it. You have no idea," Vogel said in an interview Thursday. Vogel said he is paying more than $10 million for the track. Wednesday's vote by the 18 stockholders of Cloverleaf Enterprises Inc., which owns Rosecroft, was unanimous, said Sharon Roberts, executive secretary of Cloverleaf.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2002
Trainers Jerry Robb and Mark Shuman were suspended for 60 and 40 days, respectively, after a hearing before the Maryland thoroughbred racing stewards yesterday morning at Pimlico Race Course. The stiff penalties were the result of the use of the banned substance guanabenz, "a drug that can have a therapeutic effect, but should not have been in the horse on race day," according to the stewards. Horses trained by Robb and Shuman tested positive for guanabenz on five separate occasions last month while finishing first or second in their races.
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By SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 28, 2001
The Maryland Jockey Club announced yesterday that the Pimlico Race Course stable area will remain open throughout the winter months. Previously, the MJC indicated that the Pimlico backstretch would close, effective Oct. 31 through early March 2002. The MJC is the only racetrack operator in the United States that simultaneously maintains three complete training and stabling facilities, and provides them free of charge to horsemen throughout the year. Those facilities include Pimlico, Laurel Park and the Bowie Training Center.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2009
FTC, 19 states act to stop sham loan consultants LOS ANGELES - Prosecutors in Maryland and nationwide filed 189 legal actions Wednesday against loan modification consultants accused of bilking homeowners who are desperate to make their mortgage payments more affordable. The lawsuits and cease-and-desist orders announced by Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz and California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown were part of a nationwide sweep of alleged sham consultants by the federal agency and officials in 19 states.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 30, 2001
BERLIN -- The Colonial Downs thoroughbred meet concluded a mere three weeks ago, but already there's trouble in Maryland over next year's dates. At yesterday's monthly meeting of the Maryland Racing Commission at the Ocean Downs harness track, commissioner Terry H. Saxon erupted in anger over a letter from Colonial Downs' president discussing the 2002 meet. Ian M. Stewart, president of the track between Richmond and Williamsburg, wrote that Colonial Downs planned on applying by the end of this week for 26 days of thoroughbred racing next year, from early or mid-June to mid- or late July.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,SUN STAFF | October 2, 1995
It's too early to tell if the late summer and fall meet at Pimlico Race Course will be curtailed next year, track president Joe De Francis said yesterday, after the track wound up its 1995 live racing season.The gross amount bet during the 42 days at Old Hilltop rose 4.7 percent over the similar August and September period last year. Track and horsemen's revenues each grew about $245,000.But the summer and fall dates at Pimlico still trail the other four seasonal meets at Pimlico and Laurel Park and there has been some discussion about dropping live racing at Pimlico during this period next year.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1997
Representatives of the state's thoroughbred and harness racing industries reached a tentative settlement yesterday that is expected to end their feud over the division of revenue from televised races.Joe De Francis, president of the Maryland Jockey Club, said: "We have agreed to a short-term understanding that will allow us to turn the signals back on, hopefully by Friday."And we have a statement of principles that in the long term will radically alter the way we have done business."Nighttime thoroughbred simulcasts at Rosecroft Raceway and daytime harness racing simulcasts at Laurel Park and Pimlico have been suspended since midnight, Nov. 15, when a temporary "facilities-use" extension between the parties expired.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,hanah.cho@baltsun.com | June 24, 2009
In the latest twist for the bankrupt harness track, a former owner of Rosecroft Raceway said Tuesday that he has reached a tentative deal to buy back the financially beleaguered property and he wants to immediately start live racing again. Greenbelt real estate developer Mark Vogel - who owned Rosecroft for four years before financial troubles forced him to file for bankruptcy protection in 1991 - said he's willing to again take on the risk of trying to make the Prince George's County track viable.
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By Laura Smitherman and James Drew and Laura Smitherman and James Drew,Sun reporters | October 27, 2007
Gov. Martin O'Malley proposed yesterday a referendum on slots that would allow up to 15,000 machines in five Maryland locations - including Baltimore - and hand the decision to voters after years of legislative deadlock. "It's time to let the people decide," O'Malley said, adding that he personally would vote for slots in a referendum. Under the plan, slot machines would be limited to five places - one each in Anne Arundel, Cecil, Worcester and Allegany counties and Baltimore City. The only racetracks covered by the plan would be Laurel Park in Anne Arundel and Ocean Downs in Worcester, an O'Malley aide said.
SPORTS
May 21, 2005
All must work together to keep Preakness here In John Eisenberg's column on Wednesday ["Preakness moving in wrong direction"], he rightly points out that the future of the Preakness, and of Pimlico Race Course, has been sadly reduced to whether or not slots will be legalized in Maryland. He compares the Preakness to other well-known sporting events that are in decline, like the Indianapolis 500, and concludes by stating "in sports today ... history and tradition are worth as much as a torn mutuel ticket."
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By TOM KEYSER | February 22, 2004
A mere 90 days after creating the Maryland Thoroughbred Racing Foundation, John Bowers has obtained land for an equine museum and horse retirement center in Havre de Grace. He's also declared: "This project will happen. We're on the road of no return." Bowers, 59, has advanced his plan so quickly and forcefully that leaders of the Maryland racing industry don't know exactly what to make of it. A native of Havre de Grace, Bowers says he has been involved in racing for 37 years as an owner, trainer and breeder and in the resort industry for 25 years in sales and marketing.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | March 18, 2003
Largely invisible to the outside world, the racetrack backstretch exists as home to the thoroughbreds that power an industry and to the people who take care of them. Inside fences and behind guarded gates, 539 people who groom and walk horses live at Pimlico, Laurel Park or the Bowie Training Center. No one gets in without a pass or worker's ID. The residents rise before dawn and live by a rhythm set by their animals and set apart from society. Their communities are dilapidated. The three backstretches have become unsightly mishmashes of rundown barns, rutted horse paths, potholes, uneven pavement, abandoned vehicles, uncollected trash, standing water and muck.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2002
Trainers Jerry Robb and Mark Shuman were suspended for 60 and 40 days, respectively, after a hearing before the Maryland thoroughbred racing stewards yesterday morning at Pimlico Race Course. The stiff penalties were the result of the use of the banned substance guanabenz, "a drug that can have a therapeutic effect, but should not have been in the horse on race day," according to the stewards. Horses trained by Robb and Shuman tested positive for guanabenz on five separate occasions last month while finishing first or second in their races.
SPORTS
May 21, 2005
All must work together to keep Preakness here In John Eisenberg's column on Wednesday ["Preakness moving in wrong direction"], he rightly points out that the future of the Preakness, and of Pimlico Race Course, has been sadly reduced to whether or not slots will be legalized in Maryland. He compares the Preakness to other well-known sporting events that are in decline, like the Indianapolis 500, and concludes by stating "in sports today ... history and tradition are worth as much as a torn mutuel ticket."
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | January 1, 1998
Implementation of Laurel Park's new simulcasting schedule has been delayed until the first week of February.Chief administrative officer Jim Mango canceled a press briefing yesterday because some glitches have developed in the plan.The Maryland Jockey Club is still negotiating with its working unions, and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and Maryland Thoroughbred Breeders' Association have yet to vote on the tentative agreement reached with Rosecroft Raceway."We're not going to start the combined wagering network until Feb. 2," said Mango.
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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF | March 16, 2002
Maryland's major thoroughbred racetracks doubled their combined profit last year, thanks to a record Preakness Stakes, according to financial statements released yesterday. Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore posted a profit of $3.9 million, double that of the year before, because of strong Preakness attendance and wagering, as well as troubles at sister track Laurel Park. Pimlico's gain was, however, Laurel's loss: the Anne Arundel County track reported a loss of $2.4 million, nearly twice the $1.3 million loss posted the year before.
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By SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 28, 2001
The Maryland Jockey Club announced yesterday that the Pimlico Race Course stable area will remain open throughout the winter months. Previously, the MJC indicated that the Pimlico backstretch would close, effective Oct. 31 through early March 2002. The MJC is the only racetrack operator in the United States that simultaneously maintains three complete training and stabling facilities, and provides them free of charge to horsemen throughout the year. Those facilities include Pimlico, Laurel Park and the Bowie Training Center.
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