Miller says the state should consider running the Preakness
Gadi Dechter reports the latest from the sage of the Senate: Mike Miller this morning floated the idea that, if the owners of Pimlico try to sell the track and move the Preakness out of state, Maryland should resurrect the idea of building a supertrack in Baltimore and run the race itself.
Nuts, you say, that the state would consider shelling out big bucks to build a horse track at a time when it's talking about cutting education and furloughing employees? Maybe so. But consider the following:
1. It's generally believed that government can't run a business as well as the private sector. If the excpetion proves the rule, the exception in this case may be called "Magna."
2. A supertrack site near the stadiums would mean that, in this case at least, there would be slots near the track.
3. A track might actually make money if it were only open for the Preakness and not any other day of the year.
4. The people now running the Preakness are already doing their best to suck the fun out of it, what with the ban on bringing booze to the infield.
5. The race is already overrun with politicians as it is, so what's the difference?