Keyword: Maryland Jockey Club

  • Maryland Racing to Get $4.5M for Purses

    The embattled racing industry in Maryland will receive $4.5 million--not $3 million as expected--from the state for Thoroughbred and Standardbred purses and breeders' funds. The money will become available July 1.

  • Security Policies Set for Preakness at Pimlico

    The Maryland Jockey Club has joined local, state, and federal law enforcement and other government agencies to develop and implement a thorough series of safety and security procedures May 17-18 for the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and Preakness Stakes, respectively.

  • Special Pimlico Pick 4 Returns

    The Maryland Jockey Club will offer guaranteed minimum gross pools on its popular Pick 4 on Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness Days, May 17-18.

  • Purse Subsidy On Way in Maryland; No Decrease in Takeout

    Maryland's beleaguered horse racing industry will begin receiving about $4.5 million in purse money from the state sometime after July 1. Racing leaders aren't sure how the money will be dispensed, but it will be available during the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2002, and ends June 30, 2003.

  • Pimlico to Open; 28 Stakes on Spring Schedule

    Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes, opens April 3 for its 11-week spring meet. The session will feature 28 stakes -- 10 of them graded -- worth $3.6 million.

  • Details Released of Exercise Rider Death

    The Maryland Jockey Club revealed Wednesday details of the accident to an exercise rider who was killed Tuesday morning during training at Pimlico Race Course near Baltimore.

  • Prospects for Maryland Purse Subsidy Seem Bright

    Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing in Maryland probably will receive an infusion of about $4.5 million in the fiscal year beginning July 1 as the result of a recent flurry of activity in the General Assembly.

  • Strong Preakness Drove Up MJC Net Income

    The Maryland Jockey Club reported a combined net income of $1,492,000 for Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park for 2001, according to audited financial statements filed Friday with the state racing commission.

  • Maryland Factions Strike Deal; 'Special' Suspended

    The Maryland Jockey Club and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association reached a four-year deal Feb. 27 that resolves conflict that has lingered for years over racing dates and stakes schedules. As part of the deal, though, the grade I Pimlico Special will be suspended for 2002.

  • Maryland Jockey Club president/CEO Joe De Francis.

    Churchill Failed in Attempt to Buy Laurel, Pimlico

    Churchill Downs Inc. recently tried to buy Maryland's major thoroughbred tracks but failed because Joe De Francis, president and CEO of the Maryland Jockey Club, insisted on retaining management control, The Baltimore <i>Sun</i> reported Friday.

  • Xtra Heat Nominated to Fritiche, George

    Xtra Heat, the dual Eclipse Award finalist, has been nominated to two of the three stakes races scheduled for President's Day weekend at Laurel Park.

  • Maryland Jockey Club Lures Analyst from Charles Town

    The Maryland Jockey Club has hired Frank Carulli as racing analyst and handicapper effective Jan. 30. Carulli, 39, racing analyst and publicity coordinator at Charles Town, will take over duties at Pimlico and Laurel Park now shared by three people.

  • MJC Unveils 2002 Preakness Logo

    The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled the logo for the 2002 Preakness Stakes on May 18. The logo features a horse and jockey, and the Black-Eyed Susan flower against the backdrop of Pimlico's historic cupola.

  • David Rollinson (left), representing Pimlico, accepts a nomination to the Visa Triple Crown from trainer David LaCroix at Hollywood Park.

    Early Triple Crown Nomination Process Begins

    Officials from Churchill Downs, New York Racing Association, the Maryland Jockey Club, and Triple Crown Productions have begun the process of accepting applications for the early nomination period for this year's Visa Triple Crown.

  • All-Sources Handle Increases in Maryland

    The Maryland Jockey Club, which operates Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, said the all-sources handle totaled $535,813,090, compared with $530,833,234 in 2000 despite the fact there were three less liveThoroughbred dates and 14 fewer Standardbred dates in 2001.

  • Maryland Handle Edges Upward 1 Percent in 2001

    The Maryland Jockey Club reported that pari-mutuel handle from all sources totaled $535,813,090 in 2001, compared to $530,833,234 in 2000, despite the fact that there were three less live Thoroughbred days and 14 fewer Standardbred days run during the year. The increase in total handle was just 1 percent.

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    Virginia Racing Has Legislative Wish List

    The Virginia Racing Commission may take a more active role in regulating horse racing if the recommendations of a blue-ribbon committee are implemented. The panel suggests a need for more off-track wagering facilities, elimination of a law that mandates 150 live racing dates by 2006, and addition of account wagering.

  • Mountain Track Gets OK From Maryland Panel

    The Maryland Racing Commission on Nov. 27 granted the first new license to operate a racetrack in the state in more than 50 years. The commission gave the go-ahead to William Rickman Jr. and his father, William Rickman Sr., to build a small track in mountainous western Maryland. The last new licenses issued were in 1949 for the Rosecroft Raceway and Ocean Downs harness tracks.

  • Maryland Factions Still Can't Agree on Plan

    At the risk of losing even more credibility with state lawmakers and despite a deadline imposed by the Maryland Racing Commission, the state's racing industry acknowledged Monday it has not made peace among the ranks. If anything, the disparate factions demonstrated that resolving their disputes is a longshot.

  • Maryland Industry Told to Get Act Together

    Exasperated by the state racing industry's continued bickering and failure to work together, the Maryland Racing Commission Oct. 29 ordered Thoroughbred and Standardbred factions to resolve conflicts in two weeks or face punitive action that could lead to the denial of racing dates.

  • Thoroughbred-Harness Dispute in Maryland Rankles Commission

    Exasperated by the state racing industry's continued bickering and failure to work together, the Maryland Racing Commission on Monday ordered the Thoroughbred and harness factions to resolve conflicts in two weeks or face punitive action that could lead to the denial of racing dates.

  • Maryland Trainer Sounds Off on Stall Situation

    H. Graham Motion, one of the most respected trainers in Maryland, has denounced the manner in which the Maryland Jockey Club has reassigned stalls and said that he will remove his horses from Laurel Park.

  • Maryland Moves to Cut Costs by Closing Barns

    A decision by the Maryland Jockey Club to close the barn area at Pimlico Race Course at the end of October and force trainers to move prompted an immediate outcry from horsemen. Lou Raffetto Jr., chief operating officer of the MJC, said the decision was a cost-cutting measure. He said the barns at Pimlico would reopen about March 1, 2002.

  • Maryland Industry Plans 'Million Day' Effort

    The Maryland Jockey Club, Maryland Horse Breeders' Association, and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association will team up to support relief efforts at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

  • Racing Industry Reacts to 'Unprecedented Tragedy'

    Thoroughbred racing and simulcasting at major locations in the United States shut down Tuesday due to the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. Many also planned to close Wednesday. The commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said it could take a while "to sort out the implications for the country, as well as our business."

  • Virginia Plan Irks Maryland Commissioner

    At the Aug. 30 Maryland Racing Commission meeting at Ocean Downs, commissioner Terry Saxon erupted in anger over a letter from Colonial Downs president Ian Stewart in regard to the Virginia track's plan to apply for another summer meet next year.

  • Maryland Industry Told to Get Act Together

    Horse racing in Maryland is in dire straits and desperate need of help in the form of slot machines, a new racetrack, or millions of dollars in state assistance, industry leaders said Aug. 21 during a Senate Special Committee on Gaming hearing in Annapolis, Md. In turn, legislators told them the ball is in the industry's court.

  • Colonial Downs: More Summer Racing Planned for 2002

    Fresh off a successful 2001 summer meet at Colonial Downs, members of the Virginia Racing Task Force are looking forward to the 2002 Thoroughbred meet. They told the Virginia Racing Commission Wednesday they hope to race again in the summer.

  • Mango Resigns Maryland Position

    The Maryland Jockey Club announced Friday that James P. Mango will be resigning his position as Executive Vice President effective September 30, 2001.

  • Dave's Friend Cancelled

    The Maryland Jockey Club cancelled Saturday's $75,000 Dave's Friend because 12 trainers who nominated their horses declined to enter and race against Pimlico-based Disco Rico, one of the top sprinters in the country.

  • Maryland Million Moves to Pimlico

    Because of the lingering uncertainty over the condition of the grandstand at Laurel Park, the Maryland Million will likely take place this year at Pimlico.

  • MJC Seeks Cause of Cracking Glass at Laurel

    Large panels of glass in the grandstand overlooking the track at Laurel Park have been cracking at an alarming rate. The situation, which already has forced the transfer of some racing dates to Pimlico Race Course, has prompted the Maryland Jockey Club to hire a team of experts to find the cause and propose a solution.

  • Lack of Unanimity Costly to Maryland Racing Industry

    The public got its first glance Wednesday, June 27, at what in-fighting has cost the Maryland racing industry. The Maryland Jockey Club slashed 22 stakes races worth $1.7 million from its racing program the rest of the year at Pimlico and Laurel Park. The Maryland Racing Commission approved the drastic cuts at its monthly meeting in Timonium north of Baltimore.

  • Maryland Racing Schedule Set

    Live racing dates for the remainder of the 2001 Thoroughbred racing season in Maryland were approved this afternoon at the monthly Maryland Racing Commission meeting in Timonium.