Money woes forces cut back at Maryland tracks

The Associated Press
Wednesday, November 3, 2010; 6:54 PM

LAUREL, Md. -- Facing the prospect of operating indefinitely without slot machines, the Maryland Jockey Club intends to eliminate live racing at Laurel Park and run a 40-day spring meet at Pimilco wrapped around the Preakness.

The announcement Wednesday came less than 24 hours after Anne Arundel County voters approved a proposal to build a slots parlor near a mall in Arundel Mills.

President Tom Chuckas says the MJC plans to submit a plan to state racing regulators that would turn Laurel Park into an off-track betting site, close a training center in Bowie and run the 40-day meet.

Chuckas says his proposal is not a threat, "it's a reality."

Chuckas says Maryland throughbred racing will suffer because 40 days of live racing at Pimlico cannot support the statewide industry year-round.

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