By Blood-Horse Staff
Updated: Saturday, December 18, 2010 9:37 PM
Posted: Saturday, December 18, 2010 9:30 PM
The co-owner of Maryland’s race tracks is trying to secure a deal that would provide 140 days of live racing in 2011, according to the Associated Press.
Frank Stronach, chairman of MI Developments, which co-owns Laurel and Pimlico with Penn National Gaming, said Dec. 18 that a verbal agreement had been made with horsemen for 140 days of live racing in 2011.
But horsemen’s representatives denied a deal had been made.
Richard Hoffberger, president of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, said, “I met with Penn; they said we don’t have a deal.”
Racetrack ownership and horsemen in the state have failed to reach any kind of accord that would allow live racing to be scheduled in 2011. A Maryland Racing Commission meeting is scheduled for Dec. 22
The live Thoroughbred racing season ended Dec. 18 at Laurel. With no deal in place, simulcast wagering in Maryland could end Dec. 31. We understand all to well in Michigan.
Two OUT OF STATE entity’s wrecking Racing for Maryland’s Horsemen/Women.
But in Michigan we have in-state owners plus the State itself wrecking our racing.
A damn shame for all.