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Nov 11, 2010

Racing’s decline ripples through Maryland

The decline of Maryland’s two thoroughbred racing tracks has already rippled through the businesses and workers associated with the horse industry. Bonita Farm, in Darlington, bred 190 mares in 2009, but only 88 this year, according to General Manager J. William “Bill” Boniface, a member of the storied Maryland racing family. Boniface has converted some […]

Nov 11, 2010

New Jersey’s Monmouth Park could hold answers for Laurel, Pimlico

OCEANPORT, N.J. — The horses are faster, the purses are fatter and the gamblers are more eager this year at Monmouth Park. Families flocked to the track in the summer, some forced to wait in line for space to open up in the picnic area, which has room for 4,000. And even on a chilly […]

Nov 11, 2010

Editorial: Let’s get moving in Anne Arundel

Anne Arundel County citizens spoke clearly and decisively last week when they voted 56 percent to 44 percent to approve zoning for a casino next to the Arundel Mills mall. The costly campaign financed largely by the Maryland Jockey Club, owner of the Laurel Park race course, to block a casino at the mall has […]

Aug 30, 2010

Cecil casino must meet goals for minorities, women

In Maryland’s nascent gaming industry, the struggle to meet set-aside goals for minority- and women-owned businesses extends beyond stocking new casinos with slot machines. The Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs found that Penn National Gaming Inc., which is set to open the state’s first slots parlor Sept. 30, was far from the minority business, or […]

Jul 23, 2010

Casinos’ impact on surrounding business is mixed

Hotels love ’em. Gas station operators are big fans of the extra customers at the pump. But West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania casinos, which I describe in today’s story about table games as “islands of gaming,” don’t have much of a direct impact on other surrounding businesses. At the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, […]

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