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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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Anti-Slots Petition Filed; Now What?

Anti-Slots Petition Filed, Now What? By Lynda Sasscer Hill On February, 4, 2010, the coalition of petitioners, including (but not limited to) the Maryland Jockey Club and the local activist group Stop Slots at Arundel Mills, surprised skeptics by submitting over 23,000 signatures to the Anne Arundel Board of Elections, exceeding the 18,790 needed to override the County Council’s approval of the Cordish slots zoning request (known as Bill 82-09), instead putting the request before the voters. “Without question, there is overwhelming opposition by Anne Arundel County citizens to placing a casino at Arundel Mills Mall,” claimed Rob Annicelli, president of the citizens group Stop Slots at Arundel Mills. “The mall is not the right location for a slots casino and is not in the best interests of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.” Tom Chuckas, president of the Maryland Jockey Club, said, “We are confident, that if given the choice, the people of Anne Arundel County will choose a more appropriate location for 4,750 slot machines that will benefit our county, our state and the thousands of jobs in the horse racing industry.” The more appropriate location, of course, would be Laurel Park. However, according to a February 5 the Baltimore Sun article, Cordish managing partner Joseph Weinberg has charged that there are “massive irregularities” in the petition drive. “Upon review, we are confident the referendum will be...

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Snow Pics!

The Equiery has been flooded with snow photos and stories! Keep them coming! Send your snow photos and stories to editor@equiery.com. We’ll keep posting a few here throughout the next couple of days. Look for more photos/stories in the March 2010 issue. Here’s a photo from Betty Donovan on the Eastern Shore. Scarlett (4-year-old Morgan filly) jumps up to find another good spot for a snow...

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Jockey Club Says It Has Enough Signatures, Cordish Alleges Irregularities

According to a press release from the Maryland Jockey Club, over 23,000 signatures of Anne Arundel County residents have been collected in an attempt to block the special zoning for a slots parlor adjacent to the Arundel Mills shopping center. A minimum number of 18,790 signatures were needed in order to put the special zoning ordinance on the November ballot. The petition signatures must be certified before the issue can officially be placed on the ballot. In the Maryland Daily Record, the Cordish Companies (owners of the Arundel Mills site) allege irregularities with the petition drive and the signatures collected. Stay tuned to equiery.com for reactions in the horse industry. READER COMMENT “I think the slots belong at the race tracks!!!!!!  The original intention was to boost the faltering Maryland horse racing association. Our senators/congressman may not know that Maryland for generations was known for producing fine Thoroughbred race horses, second only to Kentucky.  Due to the small purses offered at Maryland’s tracks today, many horse people will not race in Maryland.  Moving the slots to tracks would not only help the horse industry, but would bring additional help to many businesses – hotels, restaurants, shops, etc.  We pay for schools in our taxes, not our fault if the misappropriated the money.” – Jeannie Mohr...

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