Chick Lang, general manager of Pimlico Race Course, raised the possibility yesterday of a so-called "super" track for Maryland racing, saying, "We are not limiting ourselves to one transaction."
Negotiations for the purchase of Bowie Race Course by Pimlico are reportedly in the serious stage, although Bowie General Manager Al Karwacki said yesterday any sale would be a long process.
Lang also conceded that "there are a million details that need looking into before committing $12 million to one transaction. We are not limiting ourselves to one transaction . . . "
Asked if Pimlico was thinking of also buying Laurel Race Course, a track that has been on the market for some time, Lang replied, "We do not limit ourselves in any way. The Cohens, Ben and Herman, are investing and have invested a lot of money and energy into Maryland racing and deserve the applause of the entire industry. If the Bowie deal alone goes through, that means that Ben (83) and Herman (87) are committing themselves and their heirs to the improvement and expansion of Maryland racing."
Asked if Pimlico would purchase both tracks and construct a "super" track, Lang replied "It's possible that a super track, in addition to Pimlico, may evolve. I don't want to overstate our ambition, but, like I said, there may be big things coming in Maryland racing if things break right and we can get over the initial hurdles."