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Could This Finally Be THE Week? Horsemen Hold Their Breath

The bankruptcy auction for Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course is scheduled for this Thursday, March 25, 2010. Will it really happen? It has already been postponed four times. Also set for March 25 is the deadline for the certification of the 22,000+ signatures submitted to the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections to require the slots zoning for the Arundel Mills site be determined by a referendum in November. Meanwhile, the developer of the Arundel Mills site, the Cordish Companies (via their PPE Casino Resorts Maryland LLF entity) is suing the Board of Election, citing fraud in the collection of the signatures. But the drama doesn’t stop there! Adding to the chaos is a new lawsuit by the signature gathering groups, Stop Slots at Arundel Mills, Citizens Against Slots at the Mall, and the Maryland Jockey Club are suing Cordish (PPE Casino Resorts Maryland, LLC) for a frivolous lawsuit. We will refrain from banging our heads against the wall until March 26. Stop Slots Sue Cordish, Maryland Daily Record Stop Slots Sue Cordish, Baltimore Sun Baltimore Sun Reminds Us That We Are Our Own Worst Enemy – Like We Need To Be...

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UPDATE! Bill To Expand Sunday Hunting: Oct. thru Mid-Jan., Most of Maryland

UPDATE! On Saturday, March 27, 2010 (yes, a Saturday), the House Environmental Matters Committee gave HB 1518 an “unfavorable report,” effectively killing the bill (as opposed to letting it die a slow death in limbo by not doing anything). No doubt, the uproar of the park users played a role in this.  For background, please scroll down.  Click here to read The Equiery’s original editorial regarding Sunday Hunting laws and summary of bills affecting park users before the Maryland General Assembly. To read responses to the editorial or to HB1518, scroll down. Bill To Expand Sunday Hunting Oct – Mid-Jan, for most of Maryland On Monday March 8, 2010, Delegates Holmes (Prince George’s County) and O’Donnell (Calvert County) introduced a comprehensive Sunday hunting bill that would allow deer hunting on private land from the first Sunday in October through the second Sunday in January of the following year. This would include bow and firearms. The bill specifically exempts Baltimore, Carroll, Howard and Prince George’s Counties. Officials at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources believe this bill would actually give the Department more control over Sunday hunting, as well as a greater ability to limit Sunday hunting – and a close reading of the bill does indicate as much. HB 1518 states that DNR “may” allow – not “shall” allow, theoretically giving DNR the flexibility to regulate deer hunting according to...

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Magna Granted Another Extension

Magna Granted Another Extension Over the objections of PNC Bank, which owns the loans on the Maryland race tracks, the Delaware bankruptcy judge in the Magna Entertainment Corporation’s bankruptcy case has granted an extension, requested by Magna, for the completion of its Chapter 11 reorganization plan and fulfillment of its quest for additional financing.  The new deadline is April 30. Daily Record Report Baltimore Sun Report Meanwhile, horsemen wait for the oft-delayed auction of the Magna-owned Maryland Jockey Club (which owns Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course and the Preakness), currently scheduled for March 25. But horsemen have grown asthmatic holding their collective breath. Meanwhile, nerves continue to fray and tempers flare.  Jonathan Cordish, vice president of The Cordish Cos. (which own the slots-approved site near Arundel Mills Mall and have expressed interest in bidding for the Maryland tracks), told the Daily Record’s Liz Farmer in an e-mail “that Magna’s delays ‘make it clear’ the auction is being run solely for the benefit of its parent, MI Developments… ‘The Jockey Club has deliberately misled the public and the horse racing industry to ensure that MID will not lose the very assets they ruined…it was clear as each auction approached that we would be the high bidder and not MID or one of its cronies, so they have been delayed again and again. As a result, the Preakness will continue to be an...

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Heads Up Park & Trail Users: Hunting Legislation Heats Up

Parks, Trails & Sunday Hunting, 2010 In the March 2010 print edition of The Equiery we printed the following editorial regarding equestrians and multi-user parks, with a prompt to visit this blog (equiery.com News Feed) for the hunting-related legislative bills before the 2010 Maryland General Assembly. As of press time for the March issue, very little activity had taken place on these bills, but this and next week will be quite active, as the session has just entered its final four weeks. A list of the bills and their activity as of today, Monday, March 8 appears after the editorial. House hunting bills are heard in the Environmental Matters Committee; Senate bills are heard in the Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee. For updates any time on legislation, visit Maryland General Assembly. Equiery Editorial Once upon a time, during hunting season, hunters were prohibited from hunting on Sundays. While this may originally have been tied-in to the now outdated “blue” laws (which prohibited everything from general retail to the specific selling of liquor on Sunday for religious reasons), it evolved into becoming a way for hunters to share public lands with other user groups during hunting season, so that the hikers, bikers, trail riders, foxhunters and more were not completely shut out of public property from September through the end of the hunting season. Approximately ten years ago (in...

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Surprise Surprise: Race Track Auction Delayed – Again

First it was January, then early February, and then tomorrow, Tues. Feb. 23…and now the auction of Laurel and Pimlico race tracks has been delayed yet again. It will be held now on March 23. The request for the delay was granted on Friday, Feb. 19 by the Delaware judge for the Magna Entertainment Corporation bankruptcy case after Magna filed a financial reorganization plan with the courts on Thursday, Feb. 18. Also at issue is whether or not Maryland can claim eminent domain over The Preakness and The Maryland State General Assembly granted itself the power to exercise eminent domain over the privately owned Preakness, and has therefore declared that Maryland has the first right of refusal in any sale. This hearing has likewise been delayed. To read more, visit these links: Baltimore Sun: Magna Reorganization Plan Filed Baltimore Sun: Auction Delayed The Daily...

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More snow photos…

Here are just a few more snow photos from our readers. More to come in the March issue! Plus a heartfelt story about saving a Fjord. Devin’s Darling, owned by Linda Byrd (Dickerson) – photo by Linda Byrd Picasso getting some exercise at Reddemeade Farm (Silver Spring) – photo by Ingrid Ivins Abbey the Aussie seems not to mind the deep snow at GoodNess Ridge Farm (Mt. Airy) – photo by Shari...

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