Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association pulled its signal Feb.15, 2011
In January the NEHBPA pulled the simulcasting signal from the New York Racing Association, and then horsemen in Ohio, Florida, and Oregon withdrew their consent. Now the Maryland horsemen have lent their support so races from Aqueduct, Gulfstream Park, Tampa Bay Downs, Beulah Park, Portland Meadows, and Laurel Park cannot be simulcast at Suffolk. Under Massachusetts law, state residents are also prohibited from betting those tracks through their advance deposit wagering accounts.
Suffolk Asks To Restore Simulcast Signal
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” Horsemen’s representatives said the MJC is seeking things they find unacceptable, including a shift in purse revenue to the operator; a pari-mutuel takeout increase; and closure of the Bowie Training Center, which is mandated to remain open by law.
Alan Foreman, general counsel for the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, after the meeting said action must be taken within 48 hours to avoid a shutdown of racing. He said the problems stem from a dysfunctional partnership between MID and PNGI.
“It’s so complicated,” Foreman said. “We thought it was time to say enough is enough. Since (MID, formerly Magna Entertainment Corp.) took over it has been one disaster after another. We need to put a stop to this.”
“Maryland racing is now owned by a dysfunctional entity that can’t make decisions,” Foreman said. “We’re not going to stand for it anymore. (The MJC plan) was totally unacceptable to horsemen. They understand they may be shut out, but there has never been a greater show of unanimity.”
And that my fellow Michigan Horsemen/Women say’s it all.