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SPORTS
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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BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2011
Maryland's two casinos brought in a total of $12.9 million in October, the Maryland Lottery reported Monday. Hollywood Casino Perryville, in Cecil County, generated $9.1 million in revenue during the month, while the Casino at Ocean Downs, in Worcester County, had sales of $3.8 million. Hollywood Casino reported gross gaming revenue per machine per day of $195.58 in October, and the Casino at Ocean Downs had gross gaming revenue per machine per day of $154.41. The casinos have generated $55.5 million in gaming revenue so far this fiscal year.
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.
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.
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.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2011
Maryland's two casinos in February brought in $12.1 million in revenue, a 12 percent increase over the previous month, according to state officials. Most of the increase occurred at the Hollywood Casino in Perryville in Cecil County, which brought in $9 million last month. The casino generated $7.7 million the month before. The Casino at Ocean Downs near Ocean City generated $3.1 million, up slightly from the $3 million it made in January. The Hollywood Casino, which opened in September, and the Casino at Ocean Downs, which opened in January, have generated a total of $50.5 million so far. Nearly half the money goes into the state's education trust fund.
SPORTS
By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2011
Rosecroft Raceway, founded in 1949 and closed in 2008, will reopen its doors on a new harness racing season Friday night. "We're ecstatic," Tom Cooke, president of the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association, told the Maryland Racing Commission at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday. " We're back to live racing, something a lot of people didn't think would ever happen. " Rosecroft is opening for 20 days of live racing on Friday and Saturday nights. It will feature a 10-race card with post time at 6:45 p.m. Cooke also told the Commission that Penn National, the track's new owner, is increasing the total nightly purse from $16,000 to $25,000.
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...
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