Tom Keyser

  • Maryland Regulators Call for Legislative Help

    The Maryland Racing Commission, which seldom delves openly into politics, has expressed its disappointment with the state legislature for failing to help the racing industry in the recently concluded legislative session.

  • Maryland Slots Bill Introduced Again

    For the third straight year, a bill legalizing slot machines in Maryland is headed for the House of Delegates, where it's anyone's guess what will happen next.

  • Angelos Family Approved to Buy Maryland Track

    The Maryland Racing Commission has unanimously approved the sale of Rosecroft Raceway to Georgia K. Angelos, wife of Peter Angelos, majority owner of the Baltimore Orioles and a Thoroughbred owner and breeder.

  • Gill to Continue Quest for Leading Owner Honors

    After he received the trophy Jan. 8 as leading owner in Maryland, Michael Gill issued a challenge to the racing world: If he isn't voted outstanding owner for 2004, he'll be even more determined to win the title in 2005.

  • Laurel Park reconstruction nears completion.

    Horsemen's Group Critical of Delays With Laurel Project

    As tensions escalated between leaders of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the chairman of the Maryland Racing Commission, executives of the Maryland Jockey Club said Tuesday that the rebuilding of the Laurel Park dirt track was nearly complete.

  • Re-Opening of Laurel Delayed Again

    Racing won't return to Laurel Park until after the new year as workers rebuilding the racing surfaces have encountered weather delays and continue to address foundation problems.

  • Will Maryland Track Sale Facilitate Slots?

    The family of Baltimore Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos signed an agreement Nov. 20 to buy Rosecroft Raceway, a struggling harness track in southern Maryland just outside of Washington, D.C. The deal, if approved by the Maryland Racing Commission, would likely enhance the chances of slot machines being authorized in the state.

  • The Maryland Jockey Club has reported it is uncertain whether this construction project on the main track at Laurel will be completed before the scheduled Dec. 26 opener.

    Status of Laurel Main Track Still Uncertain for Opener

    Less than six weeks from the scheduled reopening of Laurel Park on Dec. 26, track officials told the Maryland Racing Commission Tuesday (Nov. 16) that they still cannot guarantee the reconstructed dirt surface will be ready for racing.

  • 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.

  • Without Slots, Maryland Horsemen Look Elsewhere

    As one last-gasp effort to legalize slot machines in Maryland this year failed because of political warfare, horsemen and breeders in the state have begun what many said was inevitable as long as slots remained forbidden: the exodus of horses, horsemen, and horse farms.

  • 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.

  • Laurel Park Project to Force Relocation of Horses

    The Maryland Racing Commission June 8 narrowly gave the go-ahead to Magna Entertainment Corp., parent company of the Maryland Jockey Club, to begin rebuilding the turf and dirt tracks at Laurel Park despite strong objections by horsemen.

  • 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.

  • Maryland Racing Faces Uncertain Future

    As the Maryland General Assembly lurched into the final week of its 2004 law-making session, the future of slot machines in the state remained in the unpredictable grip of politics and, seemingly, outside the control of anyone in the horse industry.

  • Arroyo Gets 15 Days From Laurel Park Stewards

    After having reviewed film of the Feb. 12 incident at Laurel Park involving Rogue Agent and Evening Attire in the John B. Campbell Handicap, the Laurel<br>stewards suspended Norberto Arroyo Jr., rider of Rogue Agent, for 15 days.

  • MJC Official Says Pimlico Special Will Be Run

    Despite financial woes, the Pimlico Special (gr. I) has been scheduled for May 14, the day before the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), a Maryland Jockey Club executive told the Maryland Racing Commission Feb. 10.

  • Horse of the Year candidate Mineshaft won the 2003 Pimlico Special, which was canceled the previous year.

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Winter closure would send some Pimlico backstretch workers to other tracks and leave many unemployed.

    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.

  • Alan Foreman, criticized racing commission&#39;s decision.

    Maryland Commission's Decision on Stable Closing Unpopular

    The Maryland Racing Commission voted Tuesday not to intervene in the Maryland Jockey Club's decision to close the Pimlico stables for the winter. The 6-2 vote set off a flurry of angry responses from horsemen aimed primarily at Tom McDonough, commission chairman.

  • MJC Denies Racism Charge in Heated Commission Meeting

    In an explosive meeting marked by a commissioner's expletive-filled response to charges of discrimination, the Maryland Racing Commission voted Oct. 14 to review the Maryland Jockey Club's documentation for evicting trainers and closing the Pimlico stable for the winter.

  • Magic Weisner, Leatherbury Highlight Laurel Opener

    The return of Magic Weisner and King Leatherbury's pursuit of his 6,000th win could highlight an unusually spicy opening day at Laurel Park when racing resumes Thursday at the Maryland track after a six-week break for competition at Colonial Downs.

  • Magna Unveils Construction Plans for Laurel, Pimlico

    Magna Entertainment Corp., majority owner of the Maryland Jockey Club, has unveiled what it says is the first phase of an overall plan to rebuild Pimlico and Laurel Park from the ground up - grandstands, racing surfaces and stable areas. The $46-million first phase of the plan will include new stables and training track at Laurel Park.

  • Maryland Senate OKs Slots, But Battle Remains

    The Maryland Senate, on a 25-21 vote March 22, authorized 11,500 slot machines at Maryland racetracks. The legislation, however, faces strong opposition in the House of Delegates, where the House speaker has vowed to kill it.

  • Maryland Tracks Would be Rebuilt if Slots Approved

    The Maryland Jockey Club has unveiled a $420 million plan for tearing down and rebuilding its tracks and training facilities if the General Assembly adopts Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s proposal for slot machines at racetracks.

  • Support for Maryland Slots Waning

    The proposal by Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr. for slot machines at Maryland racetracks has run aground amid bickering over division of proceeds, minority involvement and lack of specifics.

  • Push for Maryland Racetrack Slots Has Obstacles

    With the 90-day session of the General Assembly at its midpoint, the effort to legalize slot machines at Maryland racetracks has bogged down. Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr. has gone back to the drawing board with his proposal which had, incredibly, angered nearly everyone.

  • Little Bold John Succumbs to Colic at 21

    Little Bold John, one of the most popular horses ever to race in Maryland and one of the most prolific stakes winners in North America, died Jan. 21 after a bout of colic at Weston Farm in Upper Marlboro, Md.

  • Maryland Panel OKs 'Head-to-Head' Wagering

    Bettors on May 16-17 will be able to play the new "head-to-head wager" that debuted at the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. The wager will be offered on the Preakness Stakes, Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, Pimlico Special, and other stakes at Pimlico Race Course those two days.

  • Pimlico Special Returns; On Black-Eyed Susan Card

    After a one-year hiatus because of a lack of purse money, the Pimlico Special will return this year and be held May 16, on the same day as the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. I) and one day before the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). I