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October 18, 1994
It is a high-stakes gamble that could cost Marylanders a bundle: a joint horse-racing circuit between this state and Virginia. For nine months each year, no live racing will occur in the Baltimore area; in the summer, major racing will shift out of state entirely to the new Colonial Downs near Richmond -- 160 miles from Baltimore.While this could turn out to be a bonanza for Pimlico-Laurel owner Joe De Francis, Maryland might end up a big loser. Employees at the state tracks will be out of work for the entire summer.
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The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2013
Century's Julian Woods was picked as the Gatorade Maryland Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year on Thursday, according to a news release. Woods, a senior who made the All-Metro first team for indoor track and outdoor track and field this year, played a big role in the Knights winning class 2A state championships in both seasones. At the indoor track state championship meet in February, Woods won the 55-meter hurdles, finished third in the 300-meter race, fourth in the 55 dash and ran on Century's third-place 4 x 200-meter relay team.
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NEWS
March 11, 1999
OPENING a third thoroughbred racetrack in Maryland would be a losing proposition. Anyone making such an investment would be doing so for reasons other than turning a profit.That's the judgment of experts in the field who view Gov. Parris N. Glendening's proposal to authorize additional thoroughbred tracks as a none-too-subtle attempt to punish Joseph A. De Francis, owner of the Laurel and Pimlico tracks -- who gave strong support to Mr. Glendening's foes in last year's elections.Horse racing is an industry tottering on the edge.
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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 Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN REPORTER | March 29, 2007
Magna Entertainment Corp., the Canadian-based company that owns Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park, continues to sell its assets in hopes of reducing debt. The Maryland tracks aren't for sale yet, but that could change if the state doesn't legalize slot machines, Magna officials said. "We won't wait forever," said Magna chief executive officer Michael Neuman in a conference call this week. "But we're not going to draw a line in the sand as regards to Maryland today." Neuman said racing's future in Maryland is hardly guaranteed given that horsemen are fleeing to neighboring states such as Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia, all of which allow slots.
NEWS
August 4, 1996
GOV. PARRIS GLENDENING will have a tough time persuading people that slot machines in Delaware are devastating Maryland race tracks. The facts don't support that conclusion.Indeed, Delaware slot machines haven't yet harmed Maryland thoroughbred tracks. The biggest problem, ironically, has been the damage done to horse-wagering at the Delaware tracks by the adjoining slots parlors.At Delaware Park, wagering is down close to 30 percent, even though the slots parlor is jammed, with $870 million played in just six months.
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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,Staff Writer | October 3, 1992
Investors who include the operators of Maryland's major thoroughbred racetracks have won a lucrative contract to help bring racing back to Texas.The Texas Racing Commission, rejecting the advice of its hearing officer, voted 4-1 yesterday to award a new track license for the Dallas-Fort Worth area to an investment group that includes several officials of Pimlico and Laurel race courses.Among the partners of the winning Lone Star Jockey Club entry are Joseph De Francis, chief executive of Laurel and Pimlico, along with track executives Martin Jacobs and James Mango.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | April 28, 1993
Pimlico and Laurel race courses will offer a full afternoon card of wagering on out-of-state thoroughbred races beginning tomorrow.Bettors will be able to place wagers at windows or at new self-service machines, then watch the races televised from Churchill Downs and Hollywood Park. Belmont Park is scheduled to join the mix when it opens next week."Hopefully, this will be a real shot in the arm for the industry," said Pimlico/Laurel president Joe De Francis. "The buzzword for this is 'Thoroughaction,' racing from 1 until 7."
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | March 17, 1994
RICHMOND, Va. -- If he isn't awarded the license to run Virginia's first thoroughbred horse racing track, Joe De Francis said yesterday that the only other applicant for the track license he would work with is Arnold Stansley, a Toledo, Ohio, harness operator who wants to build a track in New Kent County, about 25 miles east of here.The owner of Laurel and Pimlico race courses told members of the Virginia Racing Commission that if either he or Stansley ran the Virginia track, there would be an interstate-racing circuit.
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By STEVEN CRIST | November 6, 1994
The introduction of pari-mutuel horse racing in Virginia is a risky venture that has the potential to pay big dividends to Maryland's beleaguered racing industry.Pari-mutuel horse racing has a dismal record in the handful of states that have tried it over the past decade, but there is good reason to believe that Virginia will buck the trend.The Virginia project appears to have a lot going for it to begin with, and its inclusion in a circuit with Maryland tracks guarantees that it will not be a struggling orphan.
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman | November 30, 2012
The Maryland Racing Commission set a Nov. 30 deadline for the completion of what could be an unprecedented 10-year deal to outline the future of horse racing in the state . It will come and go without signatures on the contract. "I wouldn't read anything negative into that," said Alan Foreman, lawyer for the state's horsemen. There's no impasse, he said, on any significant part of the agreement. Mike Hopkins, executive director of the racing commission, said he has spoken to members of the board, including chairman Bruce Quade, and they are satisfied with the progress made so far. They expect a deal to be finalized before their final meeting of the year on Dec. 18. Tom Chuckas of the Maryland Jockey Club, owner of Laurel and Pimlico, struck the most measured tone saying "when it is appropriate, we will make an announcement.
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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.
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Sports Digest | January 15, 2012
Varsity Elliott's 3 sends John Carroll boys to win Rodney Elliott sank a 3-pointer from the right corner to lift No. 5 John Carroll over visiting Glenelg Country School, 55-54, in a tightly contested Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference boys basketball game Sunday. After the first three quarters ended in a tie, the Patriots trailed 54-52 with 24 seconds left when a missed layup turned into a fast break for John Carroll and a catch-and-shoot by Elliott to win the game.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2011
— A mostly gray-haired crowd of gamblers scans dozens of TV sets and places bets on horse races broadcast from tracks around the country at the Cracked Claw restaurant in this Frederick County community. One longtime patron, Chris Kovin, said he comes because he prefers to hoist a beer and socialize while watching the races, rather than placing online bets from home. But, he acknowledges, the Cracked Claw "has definitely seen better days. " The state's four remaining off-track betting facilities are struggling along with the declining horse-racing industry, itself hobbled over the years by the sport's waning popularity and by competition for gambling dollars from nearby slot-machine parlors and casinos.
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2011
Casino operator Penn National Gaming Inc. is considering selling its stake in the Maryland Jockey Club and urging its partners to drop a legal challenge to the bidding process that awarded a slot machine license for Anne Arundel County to a competitor. The moves by Penn National might signal the company is shifting its focus to Rosecroft Raceway, the Prince George's County harness-racing track it is buying for $11 million. Penn had set its sights on slots at Laurel Park, which is operated by the Jockey Club, and company officials have indicated that they also plan to push for the legalization of slots at Rosecroft.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and Brent Jones and Michael Dresser and Brent Jones,michael.dresser@baltsun.com and brent.jones@baltsun.com | January 6, 2010
A 14-year-old girl was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Tuesday morning as she and a friend walked along a stretch of track in Middle River - adding one more name to the roll of Maryland teenagers who have perished while trespassing on railroad property in the past year. The accident and its aftermath tied up Amtrak and MARC traffic in the corridor for much of the day and caused delays for many passengers. Cpl. Michael Hill, a Baltimore County police spokesman, identified the victim as Ann Marie Stickel of the 700 block of Maple Crest Drive in Middle River.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | June 6, 1993
He is the rising star in the Maryland jockey colony, and yesterday Austreberto Salazar again showed why.The apprentice from Mexico City scored his first stakes victory, guiding Logan's Mist through on the inside to a neck victory over turf specialist Gilded Set in the $50,000 Lady Baltimore Handicap at Pimlico.It was the third victory of the day for Salazar, 21, who moved into a tie with Mike Luzzi in the jockey standings behind the injured Edgar Prado.Logan's Mist, running for the second time within a week, completed the 1 1/16 miles over a grass course rated yielding in 1 minute, 44 4/5 seconds.
NEWS
February 25, 1996
MARYLAND RACING is limping along these days, unsure of the future and alarmed about recent trends. The advent of slot machines at two Delaware tracks already has cost Maryland racing business and threatens local track viability.In just one month, slots at two Delaware tracks took in $68 million and kept $8.3 million to enlarge racing purses. That has Maryland officials alarmed. Already, Rosecroft Raceway has been staggered by the loss of quality harness horses and bettors. What will happen in April, when a cash-flush Delaware Park goes head-to-head with Baltimore's Pimlico?
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen , fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | December 7, 2009
Charles R. Lewis, a veteran thoroughbred horse trainer and Hall of Fame rider, died Wednesday from pneumonia at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Ruxton resident was 91. Mr. Lewis was born in Washington and raised in the horse country of Warrenton, Va.; he began riding when he was 8 years old. "He got the bug early," said a son, D. Randolph "Randy" Lewis of Sparks. "He was a natural rider." By age 16, Mr. Lewis was already gaining fame as an expert rider, which led to numerous equestrian events and opportunities to compete and win prizes in hunt races throughout Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida and New York.
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