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Carts & Horses: which come first? Find out tonight!

Should Anne Arundel first vote to allow zoning for a slots casino, then Lottery Commission can decide if they are going to grant Cordish a slots liscense…or, should the Lottery Commission first decide whether or not they are going to grant Cordish the license, and then if so, the Council can decide about the zoning. Which is the cart, and which is the horse? If you are not busy tonight and you are interested in the fate of the Maryland Thoroughbred industry, the Anne Arundel County Council zoning hearing is THE place to be this evening. However, before the County Council hearing starts, all the buzz is sure to be about today’s late afternoon meeting of the Maryland State Lottery Commission, in which Commission is expected to vote on the Cordish Corp.’s request for approval for a slots casino near Arundel Mills Mall. Then, the real fun starts around 7 p.m., when busloads of horsemen descend on the Anne Arundel County Council Zoning Hearing, being held at 44 Calvert Street in Annapolis. Today’s zoning hearing will be a living illustration of the old saw “politics make for strange bedfellows,” as horsemen and slots foes alike will be protesting slots at Arundel Mills.  Meanwhile, there continue to be threats to table the zoning vote. If you are attending tonight’s protest, please send The Equiery your thoughts and photos, and we will...

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Slots Rumble, Monday night, 7 p.m.

If you are not busy on Monday evening, you can check out the action at the 7 p.m. Anne Arundel County Council Hearing. Buses will be arriving from Laurel Park at the Calvert Street locations loaded with horsemen and protestors ready to thwart the the attempts to zone for slots next to Arundel Mills.  According to Maryland Horse Council president Steuart Pittman and representatives of the Maryland Jockey Club, if slots go to Arundel Mills, Laurel Park’s value will immediately plummet, resulting in fewer possible buyers for the tracks at the upcoming bankruptcy auction. If there are no buyers for the track, because the track can’t get slots, then the theory is that the land will have no value to anyone but a housing developer.  If zoning is denied for Arundel Mills slots on Monday, the Jockey Club will submit a proposal for slots at Laurel, it’s value will increase, and the track will be given a new future with new ownership. The vote is projected to be a close one. If you are interested in spectating, you can watch the meeting. If you are interested in supporting the Jockey Club’s position, click here for information on what you can...

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Racing Run Down

Slots For Cecil! Cecil Whig Celebrates Stand-off Over Arundel: Commission and County Draw Lines In The Sand BWI & Slots? Interest In Laurel Heats Up, but Stalking Horse Stalled In Gate Initial proposals have been received for potential bidders for the bankruptcy auction sale of Pimlico & Laurel race courses. Although track owner Magna will not confirm who is interested, names floated include Carl Verstandig, Joe De Francis, and David Cordish. The announcement of the stalking horse bidder, scheduled for today, November 9, has been delayed until Wednesday, November 11, according to the Daily Record.  ...

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Racing Rundown

Will Delaware’s new sports betting hurt future Maryland slots? Numbers are up at Dover Downs. Cecil County bid okeyed for additional slots, vote for license expected this week. Could Pimlico become the “Disney” of racing? Verstandig’s vision. Track auction set for Jan. 8, and De Francis wants back...

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Pimlico and Laurel Back on the Auction Block

On Friday, October 9, the Magna Entertainment Corp., which owns Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park, asked a bankruptcy judge for permission to auction its Maryland racetracks. This request is after Magna announced over the summer that the tracks would not be auctioned. Magna has placed a condition on the bid requests that the Preakness Stakes remain at Pimlico under the track’s new ownership. The Baltimore Sun reported today that the auction date is proposed for January 8, 2010 with a deadline of November 2, 2009 for potential bids. So far, Baltimore developer David S. Cordish and Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos, have both expressed interest in the tracks. To read the complete story, click here: The Baltimore...

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Finally! Maryland issues its first license for slots.

Now that Maryland has issued its first license for a slots parlor at Ocean Downs near Ocean City, Don Fry, chair of the state’s Video Lottery Facility Location Commission, tells The Equiery in an exclusive interview with Ross Peddicord what’s up with the rest of the license applications, how soon Maryland horsemen can expect to see some of their share of the revenue in their winning purse & breeders’ award checks, and what to look for in 2010 as the slots licensing process and opening of the first slots casinos takes place. Stay tuned for more!  To read more about the the approval of Ocean Downs, see the Daily Record. Ross Peddicord is a publisher of Maryland Life...

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