Maryland Jockey Club: Laurel Park future in doubt

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Jockey Club says the Bowie Training Center would close and Laurel Park would cease racing activities, if a proposal to build a casino at Arundel Mills Mall is approved.

Jockey club president Tom Chuckas said Monday that if Anne Arundel County voters approve a zoning ordinance for the casino at the mall, live racing in Maryland would be reduced to 40 days at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

The Cordish Cos., which wants to build the casino at the mall, has said it would buy the tracks and renovate them. But the jockey club says Laurel is not for sale and is slated for a major, mixed-use redevelopment project.

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