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MEC Takes Heat for State of Maryland Racing

Castigating the management of Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course for everything from construction delays to security cutbacks to apathetic customer service, the Maryland Racing Commission delivered a stern message Sept. 14 to the Maryland Jockey Club and its parent company, Magna Entertainment Corp.

Retired Rider Mario Verge to Join MJC Office

Mario Verge, who retired from riding during the Pimlico spring meet, has joined the Maryland Jockey Club racing office. The 39-year old won 2,118 races in his 23-year career for purses exceeding $31 million.

Magna Moves Gagliano to Maryland Executive Post

Jim Gagliano, who joined Magna Entertainment Corp. more than two years ago, has been appointed executive vice president of Maryland racing operations for MEC, majority owner of Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course under the Maryland Jockey Club banner.

Deal Allows for Temporary Simulcasts in Maryland

Maryland's Thoroughbred interests have reached agreement with Rosecroft Raceway, a harness track in southern Maryland, on a 90-day resumption of Thoroughbred simulcasting at Rosecroft and the return of night simulcasting at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course.

Maryland Officials: Help Needed to Protect Industry

Maryland racing officials and politicians really didn't make any excuses during the May 13 Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course. Instead, they called on the racing industry to do everything it can to facilitate a turn of fortunes for horse racing in the state.

Youbet.Com To Sponsor Preakness Shuttle Service

Youbet.com is providing shuttle service to and from the May 14 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course. The online wagering company is providing 10 coach buses to shuttle as many as 500 tourists from 16 hotels in and around Baltimore to the Preakness Stakes and back for this year's running of the second leg of the Triple Crown series.

MJC Sets House Rules on Jockey Ads at Pimlico

The Maryland Jockey Club issued a list of house rules Tuesday for any jockey wishing to wear advertisements in races at Pimlico. Competitors of current sponsors enlisted by Triple Crown Productions and the MJC will not be allowed, which is similar to the rules in place at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

Security for Preakness Announced

The Maryland Jockey Club announced safety and security procedures for Preakness weekend, including the May 15 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and the May 14 Pimlico Special (gr. I) /Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II). The track will again implement enhanced security procedures for its marquee events, with procedures being very similar to the enhanced procedures employed in 2002 and 2003. All persons and cars will be inspected upon entering.

Maryland Issues Unresolved as Panel Adjourns

The Maryland Racing Commission adjourned April 21 after two days of hearings without resolving the ownership issue at Rosecroft Raceway or the simulcasting dispute between the Thoroughbred and Standardbred industries.

Rosecroft Simulcasting Cut; Costs Cited

Rosecroft Raceway will not be permitted to offer simulcast wagering of Thoroughbred races effective April 19, according to a statement released Friday evening jointly by the Maryland Jockey Club, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Assoc. and the Maryland Horse Breeders' Assoc.

Preakness Media Award Winners Announced

Winners of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) media awards for coverage of last year's race includes Sean Clancy for his recap that appeared in Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred and photographer Jeff Snyder for a photo that ran in The Blood-Horse's Preakness results issue.

Handle Up at Close of Laurel Meet

Laurel Park closed out its winter meet on March 28 with a 2% gain in all-source handle. All-sources handle totaled $245 million for the 2004 winter meet, compared to $240 million in 2003.

Preakness Job Fair Saturday at Pimlico

The Maryland Jockey Club will hold a job fair for the 129th running of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Report: MJC to Promote Industry Through TV Ads

The Maryland Jockey Club March 12 will begin broadcasting television advertisements designed to promote horse racing and the importance of racing and breeding to the Maryland economy.

Magna Losses Total $103 Million in Fourth Quarter

Magna Entertainment Corp. Tuesday reported a net loss of $103.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2003, or 96 cents a share, which includes a previously announced non-cash write-down of $81.7 million on its assets.

Preliminary Approval Given for Pimlico Expansion

The Baltimore Planning Commission Wednesday granted its approval to the proposed expansion of Pimlico Race Course into an "entertainment destination" facility, though plans for a hotel on the site were turned down.

Purse Shortfall Puts Pimlico Special at Risk--Again

Purse Shortfall Puts Pimlico Special at Risk--Again

After Funny Cide delighted racing fans with his sizzling victory at Gulfstream Park, the schedule for the popular New York-bred gelding included the Pimlico Special (gr. I), which could be canceled this year due to a purse shortfall.

MJC President Cleared in Probe of Campaign Contributions

Joe DeFrancis, president of the Maryland Jockey Club, and Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. did not violate campaign finance laws by arranging more than $200,000 in donations to a national organization headed by Miller, Maryland's state prosecutor said Monday.

Stronach to Build Trade School Near Pimlico

Magna Entertainment Corp. chairman Frank Stronach formally announced Wednesday plans for a new job-training center to be located near Pimlico Race Course in Maryland.

Purse Cuts Possible In Maryland After Difficult Year

Tough times and uncertainty mark the passing of one year and the beginning of another in Maryland racing. Joe De Francis, president and CEO of the Maryland Jockey Club, calls 2003 "the toughest year we've had in the last decade." And the battle for relief in the form of slot machines has taken more unexpected twists and turns.

It's About Slots

By Dan Liebman -- The future of Maryland racing may not depend on the number of starts per stall, but perhaps the number of slot machines per grandstand.

Progress Made in Pimlico Barn Closure Dispute

The first indication a deal might be worked out to keep Pimlico's stable open for the winter emerged Tuesday. Meetings took place between horsemen's leadership and track management in a Baltimore office and between horsemen's leadership and angry Pimlico backstretch workers in the Pimlico track kitchen.

Maryland Horsemen Seek To Block MJC Simulcasts

Maryland Horsemen Seek To Block MJC Simulcasts

In the continuing dispute over the Maryland Jockey Club's closing of the Pimlico stables for the winter, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association has voted to try to stop the MJC from simulcasting out-of-state races.

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