Even the horsemen could not present a united front. Although the board of directors of the MTHA voted twice to oppose summer racing in Virginia, some trainers told commissioners they prefer it. "They don't speak for all of us," the trainer Carlos Garcia said of the MTHA board. "They speak for just a small group." Donald Barr, a trainer who serves on the board, testified passionately in favor of the MJC and task force plan. He served on the task force, believing that he was representing the MTHA, he said. Wright and Alan Foreman, the horsemen's lawyer, said that Barr was not authorized to represent the MTHA. After the meeting, an angry Barr approached Franzone. "John," he said to the chairman, "the truth just doesn't count anymore." Barr participated in the 29-member task force that supposedly represented all segments of racing in Maryland and Virginia. At the request of Maryland horsemen, the task force agreed to shorten Colonial Downs' thoroughbred meet and offer markedly higher purses of $200,000 per day. Anne Poulson, a Virginian who heads the task force, said she hoped that after three dismal Thoroughbred meets in the fall, Colonial Downs could experiment with a meet in the summer. "But politics and inaccurate representation of the process prevailed over the merits and the request," she said. That the Virginia Racing Commission had already awarded dates to Colonial Downs for summer racing rankled some members of the Maryland commission. They did not like being in the position of appearing to follow their weaker racing neighbor.
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