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Chuckas resigns Jockey Club post

(AP) Tom Chuckas has resigned as president and chief executive officer of the Maryland Jockey Club, which runs thoroughbred racing in the state, after a six-year run. Maryland racing stabilized after a period in which it appeared the Preakness might be forced to move from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Chuckas played a key role in eliminating the practice of bringing alcohol to the infield of the Preakness. The Preakness attracked a record-breaking crowd in 2014. Chuckas said: “Racing in Maryland is positioning itself for tremendous growth opportunities.” Chuckas will leave at the end of the month. The group that oversees Pimlico and Laurel Park is in negotiations with Chuckas regarding the transition of his responsibilities.