A plan for the creation of intertrack wagering beginning at Laurel in February when Pimlico opens its winter-spring meeting is being proposed by Laurel co-owner Robert Manfuso.
Under the plan, racing fans can go to Laurel to bet on the races being held at Pimlico starting Feb. 17. The Pimlico races also would be shown on closed-circuit television at Laurel.
Manfuso said yesterday he is studying the demographics and hopes to offer the plan at a meeting today with Pimlico General Manager Chick Lang.
"During the winter there is a good chance that Pimlico racing could draw enough people to Laurel for intertrack betting to make it worthwhile," Manfuso said. "As it now stands, fans from Northern Virginia, Prince George's and Montgomery counties and the District are not likely to go to Pimlico when the weather is cold. Of course, there would have to be financial arrangements made, but I'm hoping it could be worked out."
Nathan Cohen, vice-president and director of Pimlico, said from Baltimore yesterday, "The horsemen seemed to be for it and that is always a consideration. My first reaction to the plan is that it would hurt our attendance at Pimlico. However, my mind is not closed on the matter, especially since I'm told that the legislation already is in place for such a venture."