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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | August 17, 1995
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Racing Commission licensed the state's first off-track betting parlor yesterday and a new guardian angel -- Jeff Jacobs of the Richard Jacobs family that owns the Cleveland Indians baseball team who said he is developing a $60 million casino near Denver -- showed up to help fund it.Jacobs told the commission that he is contributing $1 million to help Arnold Stansley renovate a 17,000-square-foot deserted grocery store in...
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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 Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | July 10, 1993
Laurel/Pimlico track operators reached a tentative agreement yesterday to send their signal into two new proposed off-track betting parlors in Cambridge on the Eastern Shore and a Colonial Beach, Va., restaurant, which is actually in Southern Maryland.Cambridge is in line to be home to the state's third OTB parlor, followed by the Riverboat on the Potomac restaurant, which has a Virginia address, but is built on pilings in the Maryland waters of Charles County.State harness officials signed a contract selling the Standardbred signal to Greg and Charlene Burton, owners of the Shoals Restaurant and Quality Inn in Cambridge, a couple of weeks ago.The Burtons have submitted an application for licensing approval to the Maryland Racing Commission.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | April 28, 1999
The company that owns Pimlico and Laurel racetracks said yesterday that it has reached an agreement that will let it replace its shut-down off-track betting outlet in Cecil County with a large, modern parlor designed to attract a new generation of bettors.Martin Jacobs, general counsel of the Maryland Jockey Club, told the Maryland Racing Commission that the company plans to open a betting facility in Elkton this fall. He said the parlor would occupy 16,750 square feet in an existing building in Big Elk Shopping Center.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | May 30, 1993
First Urbana. Now North East.The number of off-track betting parlors in the state doubled yesterday to two when Poor Jimmy's Family Restaurant in Cecil County received the state racing commission's approval to join the Cracked Claw in Frederick County as an OTB parlor.But a couple of contingencies still need to be worked out:* A minority participation report must be filed and approved before the board grants final licensing permission.* The state's harness tracks have yet to sign an agreement to send their races into Poor Jimmy's at night, although the facility could operate strictly as a thoroughbred outlet.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | November 5, 1992
FREDERICK -- Customers in the Silver Dollar Lounge sit at the bar and listen to the tunes of Billy Ray Cyrus at the I-70 Truck City Hotel.But if the management of the 20-acre truck stop gets it's way, patrons could soon be lining up at betting windows and playing the horses.Yesterday an attorney for 1-70 Truck City presented a plan to Frederick's mayor and board of aldermen that would turn the Silver Dollar into one of Maryland's first off-track betting parlors.But Mayor Paul Gordon, the city's zoning director and a majority of the council members were cool to the idea.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | June 21, 1992
MOUNT AIRY -- A town resident hopes to be one of the first to open an off-track betting parlor in Maryland and has targeted the Frederick area as a likely site.But C. William "Bill" Coleman said he foresees problems for himself and others who want to take advantage of a new state law that allows people to bet on horse races without going to the track.He said the law, which takes effect July 1, favors track owners because they must be involved in any negotiations to establish OTB parlors.Coleman, 48, an avid racing fan and owner of a Baltimore computer consulting company, said he and a business associate from Baltimore who coordinates trips to casinos have a group of people willing to invest $2 million in the project.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | February 9, 1994
Sen. Larry Young (D-Baltimore City) said yesterday that he is meeting next week with Laurel/Pimlico owner Joe De Francis and track lobbyist Alan Rifkin to discuss minorities "becoming major players" in operating off-track betting parlors in Maryland.So far, three OTBs have been opened in the state and no minority applicant has applied for a license.Young said that when he heard "through the grapevine" that an OTB parlor was being considered for downtown Baltimore "without minority involvement," he filed a bill in the General Assembly prohibiting an OTB outlet in the city's downtown business district.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | April 28, 1999
The company that owns Pimlico and Laurel racetracks said yesterday that it has reached an agreement that will let it replace its shut-down off-track betting outlet in Cecil County with a large, modern parlor designed to attract a new generation of bettors.Martin Jacobs, general counsel of the Maryland Jockey Club, told the Maryland Racing Commission that the company plans to open a betting facility in Elkton this fall. He said the parlor would occupy 16,750 square feet in an existing building in Big Elk Shopping Center.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | May 12, 1993
Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero cannot run on Lasix in the Preakness.Dr. David Zipf, head veterinarian at Pimlico Race Course, said yesterday that since Sea Hero is not a confirmed bleeder and has never been put on an official bleeders' list, he won't be able to run on the anti-bleeder medication in Maryland.Sea Hero ran twice on Lasix in Kentucky, first in the Blue Grass Stakes, where he finished fourth, and then in the Derby, which he won."The story I got is that when the horse was in South Carolina during the winter, a vet saw a teeny spec of blood after the horse worked," Zipf said.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1999
The Maryland Jockey Club may close its much-maligned off-track betting parlor at Poor Jimmy's restaurant in Cecil County and seek to open a nicer one elsewhere in the county.Marty Jacobs, lawyer for the Maryland Jockey Club, made that announcement yesterday at a meeting of the Maryland Racing Commission at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium. In addition, the owner of the Port Tobacco OTB in Charles County told commissioners that he may close or try to move his facility because it's losing too much money.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | December 23, 1998
Poor Jimmy's, the beleaguered off-track betting parlor in Cecil County facing shutdown Dec. 31, received a conditional, three-month reprieve yesterday from the Maryland Racing Commission.Commissioners agreed to let the OTB operation, managed by the Maryland Jockey Club in a separately run North East steakhouse, operate until the club's lease expires March 31 if certain repairs are made and furnishings are upgraded quickly.Several commissioners and jockey club officials will meet at Poor Jimmy's during the first week of January to agree on a list of desired improvements.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,SUN STAFF | November 19, 1995
After its first week of operation, Maryland's newest OTB parlor at the Port Tobacco Marina and Restaurant in Charles County is averaging about $30,000 per day in bets.That may sound like chump change, but it ranks ahead of The Shoals parlor in Cambridge and is "above expectations," said proprietor Vincent "Cap" Mona.By comparison, the state's most successful OTB, the Cracked Claw in Urbana, averages about five or six times that amount."But there are about 400,000 people living within 15 minutes of that parlor [near Frederick]
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | August 17, 1995
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Racing Commission licensed the state's first off-track betting parlor yesterday and a new guardian angel -- Jeff Jacobs of the Richard Jacobs family that owns the Cleveland Indians baseball team who said he is developing a $60 million casino near Denver -- showed up to help fund it.Jacobs told the commission that he is contributing $1 million to help Arnold Stansley renovate a 17,000-square-foot deserted grocery store in...
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | September 22, 1994
The tone was somber, but optimistic. The issues were touched upon, but not explored in depth. The talk was of unity.Members of Local 27 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union convened to discuss their coming contract negotiations with Maryland Jockey Club management at a Pikesville hotel yesterday and left with the understanding that difficult negotiating days are ahead.The union represents a disparate group of track workers, including mutuel clerks, parking attendants, starting gate personnel, admissions workers and security guards.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | September 6, 1994
Fairgoers might see a racetrack with an entirely new look when racing returns to Timonium next year for the annual 10-day meet.Encouraged by the track's initial foray into simulcasting, the general manager at Timonium Race Course said yesterday that he hopes the Maryland State Fair facility can be open as a full-scale, year-round off-track betting outlet by Preakness Day 1995."
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | September 6, 1994
Fairgoers might see a racetrack with an entirely new look when racing returns to Timonium next year for the annual 10-day meet.Encouraged by the track's initial foray into simulcasting, the general manager at Timonium Race Course said yesterday that he hopes the Maryland State Fair facility can be open as a full-scale, year-round off-track betting outlet by Preakness Day 1995."
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April 8, 1992
OTB's impact on other areas 'detrimental'I am appalled that off-track betting has been approved with so little public discussion, especially as to the location of the parlors. It's absolutely incredible to me that the state deems it unnecessary to inform a community before opening an OTB center.Unfortunately, most Marylanders have no idea of the negative effects an OTB parlor will have on their neighborhoods. Having grown up in Staten Island, and witnessing the advent of OTB there, I can attest to the detrimental effects it has had. It has brought nothing but a tremendous increase in traffic (including almost constant illegal double parking)
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | February 9, 1994
Sen. Larry Young (D-Baltimore City) said yesterday that he is meeting next week with Laurel/Pimlico owner Joe De Francis and track lobbyist Alan Rifkin to discuss minorities "becoming major players" in operating off-track betting parlors in Maryland.So far, three OTBs have been opened in the state and no minority applicant has applied for a license.Young said that when he heard "through the grapevine" that an OTB parlor was being considered for downtown Baltimore "without minority involvement," he filed a bill in the General Assembly prohibiting an OTB outlet in the city's downtown business district.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | August 19, 1993
CAMBRIDGE -- Maryland's third off-track betting parlor, in Cambridge on the Eastern Shore, will open tomorrow night at the Shoals Restaurant and Quality Inn on Route 50.Despite the objections of some community residents, including a local church, the Maryland Racing Commission unanimously approved the application of operators Greg and Charlene Burton after holding a public hearing at the facility last night.Initially, the Shoals location will offer betting only on nighttime harness races, starting tomorrow with full-card simulcasts from Delmarva Downs, Rosecroft and The Meadows, near Pittsburgh.
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