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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | July 2, 1998
The summer racing season begins in earnest this weekend with harness racing returning to Ocean Downs, fireworks exploding at Rosecroft and jockeys signing autographs at Laurel Park.Ocean Downs, the harness track near Ocean City, begins its 50th season tonight and its second as the property of Bally's. Physical improvements continue, said Dennis Dowd, president of Bally's at Ocean Downs, but some things never seem to change."Our problem still is slots-fueled purses up the street," Dowd said, referring to nearby Harrington Raceway in Delaware.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Karin Remesch | September 21, 2000
Lou Rawls at Ocean Downs Grammy Award-winning singer Lou Rawls, who has recorded more than 60 albums during a career that spans more than 40 years, performs tomorrow at Bally's at Ocean Downs near Ocean City. Expect to hear songs from Rawls' newest album, "Season 4 U," and his hits from the '60s and '70s, including "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing," "Lady Love" and "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine." Roomful of Blues, twice named the Down Beat International "Blues Band of the Year," opens the show.
NEWS
by Annie Linskey | April 7, 2012
The House of Delegates added an amendment to a fast-moving racetrack subsidy bill that prohibits any of the money from being used for political donations. Del. Luiz Simmons, a Montgomery County Democrat, offered the amendment . "When we are handing out public money like Baskin-Robbins ice cream, we ought to make certain the money is used for the purpose that is intended. " The bill would divert $1.2 million from slots revenue to Ocean Downs, a racetrack and casino location on the Eastern Shore as long as it has 40 live racing days.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2011
Maryland's two casinos generated $13 million in revenue last month, a slight uptick from February, the state lottery announced Tuesday. Hollywood Casino Perryville brought in $9.8 million in March, up from $9 million in February. The Casino at Ocean Downs on the Eastern Shore generated $3.3 million last month, up from $3.1 million in February. Since the opening of the Perryville and Ocean Downs in September and January, respectively, the two casinos have generated $63.6 million.
SPORTS
By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 23, 1997
FORT WASHINGTON -- Disputes within the racing industry that simmered behind the scenes for months burst into public view yesterday at a meeting of the Maryland Racing Commission at Rosecroft Raceway.The conflicts revolve around simulcasting out-of-state horse races. Although they are disputes over money among headstrong track owners, they threaten the statewide network that allows bettors to wager on harness and thoroughbred races from around the country.The owners of the state's harness tracks, Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County and Ocean Downs near Ocean City, want to televise out-of-state thoroughbred races without the consent of -- and without paying a premium to -- the state's principal thoroughbred tracks, Pimlico and Laurel Park.
NEWS
February 23, 2004
HOW MANY of you want the state of Maryland to license the opening of a slot-machine palace in your neighborhood? We don't see too many hands. How about those of you who live on the Eastern Shore or love to go down to the ocean? You want a racino at Ocean City's harness track to complement all the sun and fun? How about all those in Baltimore? You want two -- a racino at Pimlico and a slots casino right by the Inner Harbor? That would be the likely outcome of the amended version of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich's slots bill -- a bill headed for a state Senate committee vote tomorrow and then for possible full Senate consideration.
NEWS
By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | February 22, 2004
OCEAN CITY -- With debate on legalizing slots bogged down in the Maryland Senate over a plan to allow the machines at the Ocean Downs harness racing track, business and political leaders here say they remain solid in their opposition to gambling -- at the beach or at its doorstep. The proposal, backed by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, would allow up to 1,000 of the gambling devices at the track a few miles from the vacation spot that annually draws 8 million visitors -- a move opponents say runs counter to the resort's family-friendly image.
NEWS
By Gadi Dechter and Gadi Dechter,Sun reporter | August 17, 2008
OCEAN CITY - The dusty harness track in Berlin, with its minor-league charm and horse-and-buggy night races, is no threat to the tourism juggernaut on the beach five miles away - and that's just how Ocean City business and political leaders want to keep it. But if Marylanders vote in November to legalize slot machine gambling, Ocean Downs is the likely site for a 2,500-machine casino, a prospect that conjures nightmares in the minds of town officials, who...
SPORTS
By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1996
The casino operator whose bailout proposal for the state's harness tracks was rejected by track owners this week will continue to talk to them, but is losing patience with the process."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Teara D. Quamina | May 14, 1998
Explore marine biologyDive into the world of marine biology on Saturday at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences' Horn Point Laboratory. This year's open house theme is "Exploring Changes In Your Environment: From Microorganisms To Chesapeake Bay and Planet Earth." The laboratory welcomes visitors with self-guided tours, exhibits, presentations and hands-on activities. Scientists, students and staff will highlight current environmental changes. Children will enjoy activities and projects throughout the campus, including a touch tank filled with bay animals.
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