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September 6, 1991
Fire officials believe an arsonist set four barns ablaze early today at the abandoned Free State Raceway, the second suspected arson at the Laurel track in 10 days.Deputy state Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said three of the four barns, which have been empty for 18 months, were destroyed while the fourth suffered heavy damage.He said that investigators believe today's fires are related to a blaze in the track's administrative building in late August. There are no suspects in either incident.pTC Thomas said 40 firefighters from Prince George's and Howard counties spent about 90 minutes battling the fires before they were extinguished.
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May 24, 2012
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NEWS
April 20, 1994
A Baltimore man and a Severn woman were arrested Sunday night and charged with battery in the beating of an attendant at the Crofton Go-Kart Raceway, police said.Gerard Dennell Jackson, 20, of the 1100 block of Kevin Road, Baltimore, and Nora Jean Melvin, 18, of the 8200 block of Grainfield Road, Severn, allegedly beat Cory Charles Turner, the 20-year-old raceway attendant, police said.An off-duty county police officer was working at the raceway as a security guard when the assault occurred around 8 p.m. The officer said Mr. Turner asked some disorderly patrons to leave.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | October 19, 2011
Indoor soccer Blast signs Watson, Ukah, DeRoux Less than a week before training camp, the Blast has added three players to its roster for the 2011-12 season. Matt Watson (UMBC) returns for his fifth season, while fellow forward Warren Ukah is back for his second year. They're joined by midfielder-defender Stephen DeRoux . "We are excited to announce the return of Watson and Ukah as well as the addition of DeRoux," Blast coach Danny Kelly said in a statement.
NEWS
By David Michael Ettlin | September 30, 1990
The grandstand building at the old Freestate Raceway was heavily damaged yesterday afternoon in a three-alarm arson fire, the state fire marshal's office reported.A motorist driving past the closed harness track, just east of U.S. 1 in Laurel, noticed heavy smoke and reported the fire about noon, said Bob Thomas, spokesman for the state fire marshal.Firefighters from Howard and nearby Prince George's counties battled the blaze for an hour before it was declared under control. Most of the wooden grandstand collapsed as flames spread through the building.
NEWS
February 4, 1997
BALTIMORE COUNTY needs the extension of White Marsh Boulevard (Route 43) to Eastern Boulevard -- regardless of its impact on a controversial proposed motor raceway. The raceway must be dealt with separately, on its own merits. The merits of the extension are without question.A significant portion of County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger's east side revival plan rests on this proposed 3.2-mile piece of road, which would make it easy to get from Interstate 95 to east side marinas and to land zoned for commercial and manufacturing uses.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | March 12, 1997
The Maryland Stadium Authority would be permitted to take a significant role in planning a proposed motor speedway in Middle River under a budget bill to be considered by the House of Delegates today.Proponents say they are trying to take advantage of the authority's expertise, but critics of state-financed sports facilities expressed concern that the provision could be the first step toward a major public investment. Already, some supporters are seeking state money for studies of the project.
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | March 27, 1997
Promoters of a motor sports raceway in Essex-Middle River launched an effort to negotiate the low-speed, winding path through Baltimore County's bureaucracy at a meeting yesterday of high-level county officials.From zoning to wetlands, traffic and financing, heads of key county departments pointed out problems and possible solutions to John B. Gontrum, the point man for developer Joe Mattioli's Middle River Racing Associates."I don't want to make this another Worldbridge. That's my worst fear," Gontrum said after the meeting, referring to the Asian theme park and world trade center proposed 10 years ago for the same 1,000-acre parcel between Eastern Boulevard and Pulaski Highway, near Martin State Airport.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1995
A yellow caution flag is out for the proposed international speedway in Middle River.Chris Steuart has dropped out of a partnership with fellow developer Edward H. Berge Jr., raising new questions about the future of the project proposed for a site near Martin State Airport."
NEWS
By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | November 15, 1997
The leader of efforts to build a $100 million speedway in eastern Baltimore County is close to striking a deal for a track outside Chicago -- a move that would scuttle the controversial Middle River project.Amid continuing criticism from Baltimore County residents and officials, Joseph Mattioli III confirmed yesterday that he has been negotiating with politicians and investors for a speedway on farmland near Kankakee, Ill."I am a racing businessman," said Mattioli, chief operating officer of Middle River Racing Association (MRRA)
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 Miranda S. Spivack, The Washington Post | September 27, 2011
A Prince George's County Council member, hoping to keep slots out of the county, introduced a bill Tuesday that would ban the gambling devices. The proposal comes just weeks after Rosecroft Raceway was reopened by its new owner, Penn National Gaming, which wants to offer slots and perhaps poker and other table games at the Fort Washington track. Proponents say Rosecroft, which went bankrupt and closed in 2010, cannot survive on horse racing alone. But many local leaders opposed bringing slots to Prince George's when they were authorized in other Maryland counties in 2008.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2011
The state is expected to mediate negotiations on a new simulcasting agreement between Rosecroft Raceway and representatives of Maryland's thoroughbred racing. A state law aimed at helping the ailing industry calls for state-led mediation if Rosecroft and the Maryland Jockey Club, along with thoroughbred horse owners and breeders, fail to reach a deal to broadcast thoroughbred races at the Prince George's County harness track by Friday. The parties have not made progress. Eric Schippers, a spokesman for Penn National Gaming, which owns Rosecroft, said Thursday that the company expects the talks to go into mediation.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2011
A jilted bidder is objecting to casino operator Penn National Gaming's $10.25 million purchase of bankrupt Rosecroft Raceway, arguing it had the higher and better offer at last week's auction. Landow Partners, whose principals include former state Democratic Party Chairman Nathan Landow, said the trustee overseeing Rosecroft's bankruptcy "did not exercise the appropriate business judgment and failed to obtain the maximum value" for the Prince George's County harness track, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2011
Casino operator Penn National Gaming emerged Friday as the new owner of bankrupt Rosecroft Raceway and made clear its intentions to push for slot machines at the Prince George's County track and to restart racing there. Penn National agreed to pay $10.25 million in cash for the harness track in an auction, outbidding Baltimore lawyer and Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos and one other unidentified bidder, said Michael J. Lichtenstein, the attorney representing the bankruptcy trustee, who oversaw the private sale.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2011
With Maryland's racing industry still on shaky ground, longtime racing commission member John Franzone is spearheading efforts to bring various stakeholders together and craft legislative proposals that would help revitalize the sport's future in the state. Franzone, who proposed his plan at a Maryland Racing Commission meeting Tuesday, said it would involve representatives from thoroughbred and harness racing — two groups that have not always gotten along — as well as track management.
NEWS
By CHRIS GUY AND NICOLE FULLER and CHRIS GUY AND NICOLE FULLER,SUN REPORTERS | March 23, 2006
BERLIN -- A fast-moving fire aided by strong winds destroyed a barn and killed one horse at the Bally's Ocean Downs raceway yesterday, officials said. A security guard at the raceway saw the smoke and flames and alerted fire officials about 5:20 p.m. Almost immediately, trainers and other personnel moved to save the seven horses in Barn F, the most southern in a cluster of about a dozen barns on the grounds in Worcester County. Six horses were led out safely. One fought to stay; the horse's body was found later in the charred rubble.
SPORTS
November 6, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas --Tony Stewart says he's racing in a different league from NASCAR's playoff contenders. Checker Auto Parts 500 Sunday, 3 p.m., Phoenix International Raceway, chs. 11, 4
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2011
A bankruptcy judge this morning approved the sale of Rosecroft Raceway for later this month. The approval means that potential buyers can try to outbid Baltimore Orioles owner and lawyer Peter G. Angelos, who is the "stalking horse," or lead bidder, in the auction set for Jan. 28. Angelos agreed to buy the Prince George's County harness track for $9 million in cash, plus $5 million if a referendum to expand gambling is approved and slots are...
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2010
A trustee will be assigned to the bankruptcy proceedings for the closed Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County, according to a court ruling issued today. Last month, the trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's Greenbelt division requested that the harness racetrack be converted from a reorganization to a liquidation. The trustee also offered an alternative: to assign a Chapter 11 trustee to the case. Judge Paul Mannes wrote in his decision that "although grounds exist for converting the case … this Court determines in its discretion that appointment of a Chapter 11 Trustee is the better course.
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