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Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Dates, Purses To Remain Flat Next Year
Published November 11, 2009
|MRC Officials Say Possible Slots Revenue Could
Result In Increased Purses In Latter Half Of '10
COURT REPORT: In Baltimore, Hanah Cho reports former Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course co-Owner Joseph De Francis is "fighting to keep intact a profit-sharing agreement that would split any potential slots proceeds with the racetracks' bankrupt owner, Magna Entertainment Corp." Attorneys for De Francis last week "initiated an adversary proceeding, or the bankruptcy court equivalent of a civil lawsuit, asking a federal bankruptcy judge to reject Magna's request to terminate the profit-sharing deal with De Francis and other former owners" (Baltimore SUN, 11/11).
DREAMING BIG: In Albany, Tim Wilkin reported Gulfstream Park President & GM Ken Dunn "would like to see" Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta "run against each other" at the track, which is located in Hallandale Beach, Florida, in the February 6 Donn Handicap. The race "would be run a day before the Super Bowl" at Dolphin Stadium. Dunn: "Can you imagine the coverage that this event, and this sport, would receive, with the world's sporting media in town for the next day's Super Bowl only 10 miles down the road?" (TIMESUNION.com, 11/10).