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By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | December 5, 1990
ANNAPOLIS -- A unified horse-racing industry proposed legislation yesterday that would permit establishment of up to four off-track betting parlors in Maryland, an idea immediately approved in concept by a joint legislative committee.Representatives of Maryland's two thoroughbred tracks and two harness tracks, as well as horse owners and breeders, the union that represents pari-mutuel clerks and track parking attendants, and even the company that manufactures the computers used in tallying wagers, agreed that off-track betting is the logical next step to increase the size of purses at Maryland tracks.
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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF | June 15, 1999
The president of Maryland's major thoroughbred racetracks says his multi-million-dollar plan to rejuvenate racing can be accomplished with a mix of track money, state loans and a diversion from the winnings paid to bettors."
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By Tom Keyser | September 10, 1997
The request by Bally's Maryland Inc., owner of the Ocean Downs harness track, to open an off-track betting center in Hagerstown remains the centerpiece of today's Maryland Racing Commission agenda -- despite Monday's statement by Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr.Curran urged the commission to let the General Assembly decide the controversial issue of who can profit from simulcasting out-of-state thoroughbred races to Maryland bettors. The commissioners could abide by that and still rule on Bally's request, since Bally's is willing to open the OTB site and simulcast only harness races.
NEWS
August 6, 1992
A $30 million sports museum and entertainment complex has been proposed to fill the Power Plant building, the cavity in the wide smile that is Baltimore's Inner Harbor. It will have a "Wide World of Sports" display honoring veteran sportscaster and Baltimorean Jim McKay, sports clinics, memorabilia shows and "virtual reality" theaters in which spectators will get the sense of riding a bobsled or powerboat racing.The center wouldn't open for a couple of years, but already Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has inaugurated it with a maneuver no athlete could accomplish: playing both sides of the fence.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Gary Gately and Thomas W. Waldron and Gary Gately,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Frank Langfitt contributed to this article | March 14, 1996
Hungry for additional tax dollars, Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said yesterday that he now supports legalizing slot machine gambling at Maryland race tracks and off-track betting sites.However, Mr. Schmoke said his support of slots legislation pending in Annapolis is contingent on securing enough of the gambling profits for the city of Baltimore from $40 million to $75 million annually."If it can benefit us to the tune of 40 to 50 million dollars a year, then I'm going to support that legislation," he said.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | September 26, 1992
Today's card at Pimlico Race Course might be remembered as the first "Muddy Million."The Maryland Million program has been blessed with good weather in its six previous runnings.But predictions that the Baltimore track would be doused last night with up to three inches of rain, the effects of tropical storm Danielle, caused trainers to rethink strategy and management to consult weather forecasters.Track operator Joe De Francis said that if therain tapers off by noon and the skies clear, the three turf races on the Maryland Million card will be run on the grass course.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | April 8, 1995
Plans are being made to open Virginia's first off-track betting parlor, even though Colonial Downs, the state's first racetrack, has yet to be built and is undergoing what is expected to be a lengthy appeals process.Arnold Stansley, who is building the track near Richmond in conjunction with the Maryland Jockey Club, submitted an application yesterday to the Virginia Racing Commission, asking the board for approval to open a 15,000-square-foot off-track betting parlor in Hampton.The prospective facility, located in a shopping center south of Newport News, would be big enough to handle 1,600 fans, according to Stansley's estimates.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | December 14, 1993
Community groups who had opposed the opening of the state's first off-track betting parlor in Urbana earlier this year were absent yesterday when the Maryland Racing Commission renewed the parlor's license for 1994 at the board's monthly meeting."
NEWS
By Gady A. Epstein and Gady A. Epstein,SUN STAFF | April 8, 1999
A bill pledging $10 million in state money to boost racing purses and authorizing a third thoroughbred track in Maryland was passed unanimously by a House committee yesterday, beginning a late-session stretch run.The legislation is part of a deal announced last week between track owners and Gov. Parris N. Glendening for the state to continue supplementing racing purses in exchange for improvements to track facilities.The agreement gives the issue powerful momentum, but with the session due to end Monday, time is running out."
NEWS
January 26, 2001
THE JUSTIFICATION for a horse-racing track in Western Maryland gets weaker and weaker. And the damage that such a track -- and the requested three off-track betting facilities -- could do to Pimlico, Laurel and Rosecroft becomes more apparent. Why would the Maryland Racing Commission even consider allowing such an isolated track to be built if it would undermine an already fragile racing industry in this state? Politics. William K. Rickman Jr., the Delaware Park racing/slots owner who seeks to build a track in rural Little Orleans, has powerful allies, such as House Speaker Casper R. Taylor of Cumberland.
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