April 3, 1995
After nearly a year of acrimonious debate and various conflicting or incomplete studies, the heads of Harford County and Havre de Grace governments have declared their opposition to a 550-acre motorsports race track proposed for west of the city.Their rejection came even before the track developer purchased the land or applied for rezoning or annexation by Havre de Grace, which (for water and sewage facilities) is essential to his plans.While neither County Executive Eileen Rehrmann nor Mayor Gunther Hirsch has power to veto the speedway plan -- the decision will be up to the city and county councils -- their opposition aims to stop the project dead in its tracks.
February 4, 2001
THE latest skirmish in the Battle of Western Maryland ended in a standoff, and a temporary withdrawal of forces. But fear not: The troops seeking to march into Allegany County to build a "little country race track" will be back, armed with more ammunition. So will the foot soldiers opposing this incursion, whose aim is to protect their own tracks in the Baltimore-Washington region. It's a curious conflict. For starters, there's no economic justification for placing a race track in rural Little Orleans.
October 5, 1994
A counterfeit $100 bill turned up Sunday at the Laurel Race Track -- passed to a pari-mutuel clerk by a Virginia bettor who insisted that another track clerk had given it to him, authorities said.Western District Officer Jeffrey Little retrieved the bogus bill from the pari-mutuel clerk and turned it over to the Secret Service, which investigates incidents involving counterfeit money.The teller identified a 52-year-old Virginia man as the one who gave her the money, but he in turn said that the bill had been given to him earlier in the day by another clerk.
November 27, 2010
On Feb. 2, 1961, at 1 p.m., a train carrying fans to Bowie Race Course derailed near the race track, killing six and injuring more than 200. Undaunted, a number of passengers scrambled over the dead and wounded, smashed windows and hurried on foot to Bowie, in 15-degree cold, to place their bets before the first race. One man walked to the track with a broken collarbone. Another limped out of the woods nearby carrying a bag of money and one of his shoes. "I saw people with blood all over them, standing there (at the mutual windows)
January 8, 2013
Kudos to The Sun's sports staff and their recent coverage of the grand old Maryland tradition of horse racing ("Digest: Maryland horse wagering rose 7.5 percent in 2012," Jan. 6). Several important stakes races attracting national and international racing stars are being run at Laurel, and it is great that they are getting some coverage. The 15,000 Maryland race track employees, hay growers, vets, farriers and countless fans thank you for this much-needed support. April I. Smith Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
November 27, 2012
Long before there was a Patuxent Greens Golf Course or Stewart Towers high rise building, a mammoth oval race track occupied that area of land off Route 197, near Route 198. Horse racing at Laurel Park racetrack had been ongoing since 1911, but in 1924 an idea was pitched to the public to construct the Baltimore-Washington Speedway, a new wooden track for auto racing. Promoters issued a slick brochure for potential investors, extolling the benefits of the enterprise and describing the proposed track and how investing in it worked.