Keyword: MJC

  • Pimlico Clubhouse

    Parameters of Maryland Agreement Discussed

    The Maryland Jockey Club will receive more than $5 million for operations under the parameters of a negotiated agreement that will maintain a full 146-day live Thoroughbred racing schedule in the state.

  • Laurel Park

    Chaos, Mistrust in Maryland as Clock Ticks

    A horsemen's representative acknowledged Dec. 21 there's still a little more than a week to get a racing schedule in place in Maryland for 2011, but he said chances are slim if the situation isn't resolved before Christmas.

  • PNGI: No Plans to Exit Maryland Venture

    Penn National Gaming Inc. said Nov. 30 its joint venture with MI Developments in Maryland will continue, and that it planned to work on an "expedited basis" to devise a 2011 live racing schedule in the state.

  • MJC Considers Options in Wake of Slots Vote

    The Maryland Jockey Club will map out a plan for the future over the next several weeks and the closure of Laurel Park for live racing and training remains a real possibility, officials said Nov. 3.

  • MJC: More Signatures for Slots Vote Submitted

    The Maryland Jockey Club, as well as community groups, March 5 submitted 16,702 additional signatures to the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections in a push to have citizens of the county vote on a zoning permit for slots.

  • Jeff Seder, head of EQB and Blow Horn Equity

    Five Questions: Jeff Seder

    Founder of EQB is also the founder and CEO of Blow Horn Equity, a bidder for the Maryland Jockey Club that is currently owned by the bankrupt Magna Entertainment Corp.

  • David Cordish

    Five Questions: David Cordish

    The Cordish Co. plans to build a 4,750-machine slots parlor the Arundel Mills Mall near Laurel Park in Maryland. The company has also submitted a bid for the Maryland Jockey Club tracks.

  • Slot Machine

    Slots at Mall OK'd; MJC Vows to Fight

    The Anne Arundel County Council Dec. 21 approved a zoning measure that will facilitate slot machines at the Arundel Mills Mall, but also OK'd a measure that allows slots at Laurel Park.

  • Slot Machine

    Battle Over Maryland Slots Heats Up

    The Maryland Jockey Club said Dec. 17 it has appealed to the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals over its disqualification from the bidding process for a license to operate slot machines at Laurel Park.

  • MJC: Laurel Park Well-Positioned for Slots

    Though a state commission ruled its application for a gaming license incomplete, Laurel Park will continue its push for slot machines Dec. 17 by discussing its "advanced status" to construct a slots facility.

  • Fabulous Strike has been first or second in five starts (all grade I or grade II sprints) during his 6-year-old campaign.

    Top Sprinters Pre-entered for De Francis Dash

    Three of the nation's elite sprinters and the top two local speedsters are among the 37 pre-entries for the 19th running of the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) at Laurel Park Oct. 24.

  • Maryland Track Loses Simulcast Rights

    A Maryland harness track that hasn't offered live racing in almost a year also lost its Thoroughbred simulcast rights April 28 when it was ordered by the Maryland Racing Commission to cease operations.

  • Nothing Definitive Yet on Change at MJC

    Change may be in the wind yet again regarding upper-level Maryland Jockey Club management, but as of May 15, officials with MJC owner Magna Entertainment Corp. said there's nothing to announce.

  • Jockey Mario Pino will be Honorary Postmaster for Preakness 133 Station.

    Alibi Breakfast Award Winners Announced

    Turf writer Sean Clancy, photographer Brandon Benson, columnist Dick Jerardi and sports producer Mike Pupo will be honored by the Maryland Jockey Club with this year's Preakness media awards during the annual Alibi Breakfast May 15 at Pimlico's Terrace Dining Room.

  • Laurel Park has been approved for a 15-week winter meet at which two stakes were cut.

    Laurel Meet OK'd--Minus Two Stakes

    The Maryland Racing Commission has approved the 2008 Laurel Park winter stakes schedule, which was trimmed by two stakes. The 15-week meet will feature 17 stakes worth a combined $1.75 million.

  • Maryland Official Says 'Clock is Ticking' on Racing

    Maryland's Thoroughbred industry is likely to be downsized considerably beginning in 2008 unless racetracks are allowed more gambling options such as slot machines, a racetrack executive said Nov. 14.

  • Laurel Park Begins 8-Day Meet Wednesday

    After a nine-week break, live racing returns to Maryland on Wednesday for an eight-day mini-meet at Laurel Park with a nine-race card, including three on the turf course.

  • Colonial Downs Builds on Past, Looks to Future

    While preparations are being made for the 2007 celebration commemorating the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Colonial Downs officials are looking forward to experiencing their own "new world" this summer when the Virginia racetrack opens for live racing June 16.

  • Enhanced Security in Effect for Preakness

    Safety and security procedures in place since 2002 will once again be implemented for this year's 132 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) on May 20, the Maryland Jockey Club announced Tuesday.

  • Enhanced Security in Effect for Preakness

    Safety and security procedures in place since 2002 will once again be implemented for this year's 132nd Preakness Stakes (gr. I) on May 20, the Maryland Jockey Club announced Tuesday.

  • Laurel's Handle Continues Upward Swing

    The Maryland Jockey Club concluded its winter meet at Laurel Park on Sunday, posting total wagering figures that are nearly 24% higher than the same dates a year ago.

  • Maryland Factions Strike Major 15-Year Agreement

    Principals in the Maryland horse racing and breeding industry have struck a major agreement on issues that have stymied progress in the state and led lawmakers and regulators to often claim the industry is in disarray.

  • Pimlico Spring Meeting Adds 25-Cent Pick Six

    Pimlico Race Course will offer a 25-cent Pick Six wager at the spring meeting that opens April 20, the Maryland Jockey Club announced April 5. The wager will have a guaranteed net payout of $5,000, to be split equally among all tickets correctly selecting the winners of the six designated races.

  • Laurel First: Turf Racing During Winter Meet

    Maryland Jockey Club officials were thinking green Friday when the Laurel Park racing office took entries for next Wednesday's card that included the first turf race of the year. This is the first time the Laurel winter meet has run races on the grass.

  • MJC Announces Executive Officer Changes

    Joseph A. De Francis announced Feb. 9 that he is stepping aside as president of the Maryland Jockey Club but will continue as the organization's chief executive officer. Louis J. Raffetto, the MJC's chief operating officer, takes over as president while Chris Dragone becomes senior vice president and general manager.

  • Laurel Park Cancels Sunday Card

    For the third consecutive Sunday, there will be no live racing at Laurel Park Feb. 12. The Maryland Jockey Club canceled the card due to a shortage of available horses because of the equine herpes outbreak in the state.

  • Quarantine Lifted at Pimlico; Stakes Rescheduled at Laurel

    The Maryland Jockey Club lifted its self-imposed quarantine on Pimlico Race Course Feb.8, allowing horses from the Baltimore track to compete at Laurel Park for the first time since Jan. 21. Twelve Pimlico-based horses ran on Wednesday's card (after two were morning scratches). Five of the nine races featured Pimlico horses.

  • Laurel Park Horse Tests Positive for Equine Herpesvirus

    Hey Ralphy, a filly trained by Rodney Jenkins at Laurel Park, was infected by equine herpesvirus (EHV-1), according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The 3-year-old was euthanized Jan 26 with a suspected pelvic injury. A Hold Order has been placed on Barn 9, where the filly was stabled, at the central Maryland track. Jenkins has elected not to train any of his horses until the Hold Order ends.

  • Trainers Worry Pimlico Quarantine is Too Late

    Though the Maryland Jockey Club has stepped up its fight against the equine herpes virus 1 that has frightened horsemen throughout the state with a quarantine of the entire Pimlico Race Course stable area, some trainers continued to worry the move may have come too late.

  • Laurel Turf Courses Exceeding Expectations

    When the Laurel Park fall meeting began in September, Maryland Jockey Club officials had high hopes for its new turf course. After three months the grass courses have exceeded expectations.

  • Laurel Winter Schedule Includes 19 Stakes

    The Maryland Jockey Club will offer 19 stakes races worth just under $2 million at Laurel Park this winter under the stakes schedule approved by the Maryland Racing Commission.

  • Maryland Panel Upholds Live Racing Contract

    The Maryland Racing Commission upheld the live racing contract between the state horsemen's organization and the Maryland Jockey Club Oct. 6 after Magna Entertainment Corp., which owns the MJC, proposed slashing the number of live racing dates at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course in 2006.