Maryland Governor Warns Preakness Will Move Without Slots

Friday, 18th May 2007

In the US on the eve of tomorrow's 132nd US$1 million Gr1 Preakness Stakes (9.5 furlongs) for 3YOs at Pimlico, Governor Martin O'Malley "reiterated that he believes Maryland will eventually lose the Triple Crown race if slot machines are not legalised in the state," reported bloodhorse.com. O'Malley (who has supported allowing a limited number of slot machines "to save the horse-racing industry in Maryland" since he was mayor of Baltimore) said the state "stands to lose 17,000 racing jobs & horse-related open space if it doesn't legalise slot machines". O'Malley insisted horse racing will be lost in his state, if "we continue to insist racing in Maryland has to compete on the unlevel playing field as it does" & emphasised the problem is neighbouring Pennsylvania, Delaware & West Virginia "allow slots at their race tracks to build bigger purses".

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