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O’Malley meets with Stronach, Penn National to discuss Md. horse racing

Gov. Martin O'Malley managed to get the bickering corporate parents of the state's thoroughbred racing industry in the same room this week, but Penn National and MI Developments have not yet agreed on a plan for the Maryland Jockey Club in 2011. Liam Farrell, at The Capital, reported the meeting first. Shaun Adamec, O'Malley's spokesman, said the governor met Wednesday in the State House with Penn National Vice President Steve Snyder and MID officers Frank Stronach, the chairman and CEO, and Vice Chairman Dennis Mills. “There weren’t a lot of concrete details discussed in terms of ways forward. It was the first time they sat down since the vote in Anne Arundel County," Adamec told me. “I can tell you what the tone wasn’t. It wasn’t about circumventing what happened at the ballot box." "It was very forward-looking," he said, meaning how do you keep a horse track afloat sinking the casino development at the mall? Penn National and MID have two very different notions.