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November 1, 2010

Jockey Club: Laurel, Pimlico not for sale

Tom Chuckas, president of the Maryland Jockey Club released a statement this morning to clarify that the company’s properties – including Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park Race Course – are not for sale, following a back-and-forth last week between Chuckas and David Cordish, chairman of the Cordish Cos. The two sides are locked in a bitter battle over Question A, the Anne Arundel County ballot question that will determine the future of what could be the state’s most lucrative slots parlor.

Here’s Chuckas’ statement:

“The Maryland Jockey Club facilities are not for sale. As I stated Friday morning, if Question A is approved, the Bowie Training Center will close, Laurel Park will cease racing activities with live racing in Maryland reduced to 40 days at Pimlico Race Course. These are the facts. Laurel Park will be developed, not sold, according to an existing development plan which includes mixed use commercial and residential. David Cordish knows that. This is just another in a long list of his misrepresentations.”

-Nicole Fuller

Posted by Andy Rosen at 2:08 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Slots


So close it. Good riddance. If you can't run it successfully as a race track, you don't deserve to be in the business of running race tracks.

Laurel may be developed but it won't be through the Jockey Club. They don't qualify. The Preakness is an asset owned by the citizens and State of Maryland. You can see the 'Jockey Club' has very little interest in horse racing. When Arudel Mall gets zoning approved Penn National will dump it's interest... to Cordish. They will bring racing tradition back to Maryland. MI, DeFrancis and Jockey Club can take a hike. Good Riddance.

Maryland Jockey Club doesn't deserve to be let off the hook that easily. They've ruined Maryland racing. Now they promise to drive it into the dirt. Chuckas and company need to be driven from Maryland.

Remember when they said that slots would be used to save MARYLAND THOROUGHBRED RACING?

Heh heh... Ha ha ha ha ha...

This is just too funny. It was always about the money. Racing? What a joke!


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