Prior to Wednesday's meeting, Magna lawyers gave the commission a document it thought would take care of the escrow issue, the Baltimore Sun reports. However, commissioners claim it was not an escrow agreement but an accompaniment to an earlier agreement.The Baltimore Sun reports a big problem emerging are differences between Magna and the commission in what expenses count as improvements. While the commission wants to see upgrades in the barns and stable area at Laurel by Aug. 31, the head of Magna's construction team, Walter Lynch, said the money must initially go towards planning, engineering, and obtaining permits.One decision already made by Magna is to keep Pimlico open as a year-round training center. Magna was considering only allowing horses to train at Pimlico only while racing was being conducted there.Commission member John Franzone, who warned of the possible "Armageddon" over the issue, summed up his thoughts by telling McAlpine "I don't have any confidence in this plan you've laid out for us."
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