Advertisement
HomeCollectionsOcean Downs
IN THE NEWS

Ocean Downs

FEATURED ARTICLES
TRAVEL
May 24, 2012
Maryland's second casino opened at Ocean Downs racetrack (around since 1949), built on the site of the former grandstand. Casino hours: 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. five days a week, and until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Racing: Live racing runs June 17-Sept. 2. Games to play: The casino's 800 slot machines range from penny to $25 plays. It also offers electronic table games including blackjack and roulette. Entertainment: Ocean Downs doesn't have a separate entertainment calendar, but it's a short drive to the beach if you are looking for something to do after playing the slots.
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2014
For longer than the U.S. has been a nation, Marylanders have been horse people. George Washington raced thoroughbred horses in Annapolis in the 1750s, 100 years after the animals were first introduced to the area. A statue of Casimir Pulaski, a Polish soldier who assisted in the founding of the American cavalry during the Revolutionary War, stands in Patterson Park. The Preakness Stakes has been run since 1875. In the 1900s, lifeguards patrolled the shores of Ocean City on horseback, looking for shipwrecks and lost swimmers.
Advertisement
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2010
The slots parlor at Ocean Downs racetrack in the Eastern Shore will open on Jan. 4, the casino announced Thursday. The Casino at Ocean Downs! in Berlin will be the second slots facility to open in Maryland. Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County opened in late September. The $45 million gaming facility in Ocean Downs will feature 700 slot machines and employ more than 200 people. hanah.cho@baltsun.com
BUSINESS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun and By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2014
The Horseshoe Casino Baltimore won't open until August, but the woman warrior's face on Sky Rider already glows alluringly on the second floor, offering the chance at "Silver Treasures. " The slot machine stands among a sea of recent arrivals at the Russell Street casino: Lucky Larry's Lobster Mania, A Win for All Seasons, Whales of Cash, Ultimate Sevens, Super Monopoly Money. Many remain wrapped in plastic. Hard-hatted technicians tend to the electronics of others. Some like Sky Rider are fully lit up, their wheels spinning for no one for now. The 2,500 slot machines being installed at Horseshoe incorporate the latest technology and pop-culture themes, ranging from "The Walking Dead" to the retro 1960s-era "Batman" television show.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | December 29, 2010
Nearly 1,000 guests gambled on hundreds of slot machines at a new casino on the Eastern Shore during a trial run Wednesday, setting the stage for the state's second gambling parlor to open to the public next week. The Casino at Ocean Downs near Ocean City would join the Hollywood Casino Perryville in generating more slots revenue for the state, which is facing a $1.6 billion budget shortfall. After a slow start to the state's slot machine program, which voters approved in 2008, officials say Maryland's nascent gambling industry is progressing.
NEWS
By Baltimore Sun Staff | December 31, 2010
Maryland's second gambling facility is set to open next week. Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino signed a slots license late Thursday for the Casino at Ocean Downs, ensuring that the state's second gambling facility will open Tuesday. The license was granted after the Eastern Shore casino near Ocean City conducted a successful trial run of its 750-machine facility Wednesday. The Casino at Ocean Downs near Ocean City will open to the public at 1 p.m. Tuesday and will join the Hollywood Casino Perryville in generating more slots revenue for the state.
SPORTS
By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2011
The Ocean Downs harness race track will open for the first time in two years on Saturday, featuring qualifying races for the 40-day meet that begins June 19, with racing each Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday through Aug. 28. "We're very excited about the return of racing," said track general manager Peter Szymanski. "Construction of the casino and improvements to the race track took precedence and we elected to go without racing. When people come now they will see an improved facility, improved grandstands, a new HD toteboard, benches and refreshment stands.
NEWS
By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2010
The state's spending panel voted Wednesday to approve a $32.7 million contract for slot machines for the planned Eastern Shore casino, again over the objections of Comptroller Peter Franchot. Gov. Martin O'Malley and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp outvoted Franchot at the Board of Public Works meeting. Franchot, who opposes slot machine gambling, has questioned the amount of money the state is spending on its nascent program. Though approved by voters two years ago, none of the five planned casinos is up and running.
SPORTS
By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,Sun Reporter | April 16, 2008
COLONIAL BEACH, Va. -- The Maryland Racing Commission yesterday urged the state to place slots at Laurel Park and Ocean Downs, the only two tracks eligible under legislation approved during a special General Assembly session last year. Allowing slots would increase foot traffic and boost the tracks' handle, the commission said in endorsing a two-page statement during its monthly meeting. Voters will consider in November whether to amend Maryland's constitution to allow 15,000 slot machines at five sites - one each in Baltimore City and in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Cecil and Worcester counties.
SPORTS
By FROM STAFF REPORTS | June 27, 1997
Ocean Downs doesn't open officially until next Thursday night, but beginning at 2 p.m. tomorrow, the harness track near Ocean City will run 11 non-betting races.The races will feature amateurs as well as professionals driving horses from throughout the East Coast.Admission and parking are free, and the new owners, Bally's Maryland Inc., will offer discount hot dogs and beer as well as live music.After opening night, Ocean Downs will conduct racing Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sept.
SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
Ron Sanchez's roots in horse racing go deep into his childhood in Caracas, Venezuela, where his maternal grandmother took him to the races every weekend at La Rinconada, the country's largest and oldest track. "I was five years old and we'd walk all the way to the track, it's like two miles," Sanchez recalled Monday at Pimlico. "I fall in love [with horse racing]. Once you get here [to the race track], it's impossible to get out. " Though Sanchez also dreamed of becoming a major league baseball player - he was a member of the Venezuelan national team in his late teens and said he "almost signed" a pro contract - the love of racing never left.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
Maryland's four casinos raked in nearly $71.5 million in revenue in April, mostly on the strong performance of Maryland Live Casino at Arundel Mills, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. The Anne Arundel casino, among the largest on the East Coast, pulled in nearly $56.5 million, a more than 21 percent increase over its April 2013 revenue. Revenue fell nearly 9 percent at Hollywood Casino Perryville and the Casino at Ocean Downs. The Hollywood Casino drew in $7.7 million, a decrease of about 8.8 percent, while Ocean Downs brought in about $3.6 million, a decrease of about 8.6 percent.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
Maryland's four casinos pulled in about $66 million in February, slightly less than in January and well below many months in 2013. The casinos haven't gotten off to a strong start in 2014, compared to past months, perhaps because the harsh winter weather made travel more difficult. The combined statewide revenue for February was $66,014,094, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. That's the third lowest monthly total since Rocky Gap Casino Resort, the state's fourth casino, opened in May. During many months in 2013, revenues reached nearly $70 million.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
Revenue at Maryland's three casinos in March reached $58 million, with two that have been opened for at least a year seeing a decrease from a year earlier, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency reported Friday. Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County generated $9.48 million for the month from slot machines and newly introduced gaming tables - a decrease of $4.24 million, or nearly 35 percent, from a year ago. The Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County reported revenue of $3.95 million - a decrease of $130,622, or 3.2 percent, from the year before.
NEWS
February 11, 2013
Annapolis may be located on the banks of the Severn River, but during the first three months of the year it often seems to be an island - so isolated are members of the General Assembly from real life. The gyrations of lawmakers over the high-stakes issues of gambling and transportation have produced many such only-in-the-State-House moments in recent years. So, naturally, it makes sense that when the two are combined - as in an absurd proposal to install 2,500 slot machines at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport - the result is the kind of empty, pandering legislation that does the institution no credit.
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2012
Maryland Live Casino will open Thursday at 8 a.m. and, according to officials, "never close again. " The Hanover facility, located adjacent to the Arundel Mills Mall, is the only one of the state's three casinos that requested full-time operation from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission. The passing of Question 7 during the November election made it legal for casinos in the state to operate 24 hours a day. Maryland Live had previous closed at 2 a.m. on weeknights and 4 a.m. on weekends.
NEWS
By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | July 22, 2004
Ocean Downs owner William Rickman Jr. is trying to persuade Worcester County residents to lobby their legislators and local elected officials to support slot machines for his harness racing track outside Ocean City. Rickman's track has not been included in slots proposals that the General Assembly has considered over the past two years because of opposition from Eastern Shore lawmakers and Ocean City Mayor James N. Mathias Jr. Rickman had a color brochure mailed to about 15,000 Worcester County residents about a week ago, urging them to contact their elected officials.
SPORTS
By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 31, 1997
That villain the slot machine has Ocean Downs by the throat.The harness track near Ocean City has lost more than 200 horses to Harrington Raceway in Delaware since slots-rich Harrington opened last Sunday."
NEWS
October 23, 2012
I cannot agree with letter writer Susan Beckwell of Bowie who suggested that we keep Maryland money in Maryland by approving a sixth casino at National Harbor which is being promoted by politicians from that area ("Question 7: Keep Maryland money in Maryland," Oct. 22). If one wants to really keep Maryland money in Maryland, then I strongly recommend that we build the other two casinos already approved in Baltimore City and at Rocky Gap to go along with Arundel Mills, Ocean Downs and Perryville and then see if a sixth one along the Potomac River is warranted..
Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.