Alan Foreman, lawyer for the horsemen's association, seemed astounded that he and others had not been allowed to testify."This is the first time--and I go back to '79--that I've seen the commission absolutely duck an issue and not permit a discussion," Foreman said. "There's a growing sense here that an element of the commission is not interested in hearing what the horsemen have to say."Wright called it the low point of his 28-year career of representing horsemen before the commission. Said Wright: "Just when you think things can't get any worse, along comes Mr. McDonough."McDonough left quickly after the meeting, but he later returned a reporter's phone call. He said he is not anti-horsemen. In fact, he said, he plans to argue in Annapolis that purses for horsemen, not profits for the track owners MJC and Magna Entertainment Corp., should be the top priority if slot machines come to Maryland."I just thought in this case -- and the majority of the commissioners agreed with me -- that the closing of Pimlico [barns] for three months was a business call we shouldn't jump into," McDonough said. "I know the horsemen disagree. But if they think I'm in Magna's pocket, they're wrong."
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