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  • Purses Reduced, Stakes Cut in Maryland Due to Shortfall

    Maryland Jockey Club and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association have agreed to reduce purses and slash the stakes schedule for the balance of the 2007 racing campaign as the industry faces a $3 million shortfall in the purse account by the end of the calendar year.

  • Pimlico Spring Stakes Schedule Worth Nearly $4 Million

    The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled the 2007 Pimlico spring stakes schedule Feb. 20. The 31-day meeting at the Baltimore track, which is headlined by the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will begin April 19 and conclude June 9.

  • Maryland Commission to Review Running of Preakness, Barbaro's Injury

    In its review of information at its regular monthly meeting concerning the injury to Barbaro, the Maryland Racing Commission has decided to review the stewards' tape of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) to determine whether they can shed further light on exactly what happened to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner.

  • 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.

  • Raffetto Named President of Maryland Jockey Club

    Lou Raffetto Jr. was named president and chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club, with Chris Dragone replacing him at the organization that operates Pimlico and Laurel as vice president and general manager.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Raffetto Takes Key Role at Maryland Jockey Club

    The Maryland Jockey Club announced Friday a reorganization of its executive board, including the hiring of Louis J. Raffetto, who will become the MJC's chief operating officer effective Jan. 1, 2001. The MJC also announced new titles and responsibilities for three current members of its board.