Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman dominated the Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial primary on June 24, defeating Attorney General Doug Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur.
Both Brown and Ulman are known to the Maryland racing industry.
According to the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, “Brown worked as a hot-walker at Aqueduct racetrack in his youth and has repeatedly expressed strong support for the Mary-land racing industry. In May he went so far as to proclaim that if he is elected governor that he ‘would never alter current VLT formulas’ as long as he and Ken Ulman are in office. The practice of raiding slots funds earmarked to horsemen to finance state budget shortfalls has been prevalent in neighboring states, including Pennsylvania which has repeatedly had to endure rollbacks in horse- men’s revenue proposed by their current governor.”
Meanwhile, Ken Ulman also has strong ties to the horse industry. As the former Executive of Howard County, Ulman had good working relationships with many of the owners of local equine businesses. His father, Louis Ulman, serves on the Maryland Racing Commission.
Given that Maryland traditionally elects Democrats to the Governor’s office, and given that registered Democrats vastly outnumber registered Republicans, the Brown/Ulman ticket is expected to be heavily favored in the November election.
Want to place your bets on candidates that have expressed support for the horse industry? Stay tuned for more information on the 2014 candidates from the Maryland Horse Council.