Maryland Jockey Club (MJC), the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s
Association (MTHA) and the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA)
today announced that they have come to a 10-year agreement for sustained
racing at Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park.
am confident and pleased via this agreement,” said Stronach Group
chairman Frank Stronach, who owns Pimlico and Laurel, "we will now have
long term stability, year round racing and stabling, an attractive
purse structure, promise for the breeding industry and a strong
foundation to restore Maryland racing to its pre-eminence in North
“We created a plan that benefits everyone and develops
a sustainable model for the future,” said Maryland Jockey Club
president Tom Chuckas. “I would like to thank Governor Martin O’Malley
for his continued support of the industry. We appreciate his involvement
two years ago which set-up the framework for this deal. We appreciate
Maryland Racing Commissioners John McDaniel and Bruce Quade for their
commitment as well as the leadership from the MTHA and MBHA for working
with us to make this happen.”
2013 racing season will feature 146 days of live racing days at the
major Maryland tracks, the same number as in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The
Maryland Jockey Club will guarantee a minimum of 100 days a year for the
balance of the agreement. There are provisions in the contract for the
horsemen to race additional days through a revenue-sharing program.
deal also calls for Pimlico and Laurel Park to remain open for
year-round racing, training and stabling for the balance of the
contract. Chuckas indicated Pimlico and Laurel would maintain a minimum
of 1,900 stalls.
said the deal “allows the Maryland Jockey Club to invest in capital
improvements at both facilities and we plan on submitting a plan to the
Maryland Racing Commission and Maryland Department of Budget and
Management in February.”
parties will ask the Maryland Racing Commission to approve 2013 racing
dates at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The meeting begins
at 12:30 p.m. in Laurel Park’s Ruffian Room.