Capps to Leave Maryland Jockey Club

Tim Capps, executive vice president of the Maryland Jockey Club, will end his second stint at the Maryland tracks Oct. 31.

Neither Capps nor Jim Gagliano, executive vice president of Maryland racing operations for Magna Entertainment Corp., would comment on Capps' departure. In a memo circulated to employees, Gagliano wrote that Capps was leaving "to pursue other opportunities. Tim is a friend to many of us, and his contributions here over the years have been enormous. We are appreciative of his devotion and service and wish him well in his future endeavors."

Capps worked for the MJC from 1991 to 1995, winding up as senior vice president for marketing and communications. From 1995-1999, he served as executive vice president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association. In January 2002, he returned to Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park at the behest of Joe De Francis, president and CEO of the MJC.

In July that year, MEC bought a majority interest in the MJC. In July of this year, Gagliano took over operations from De Francis, who remains with the company. Capps is the second top executive to depart since then. John Passero, track superintendent since 1987, left shortly after Gagliano's arrival.