Maryland Track Owners Come Up With New Plan

BALTIMORE (AP) — The owners of Laurel Park and Pimlico intend to submit a plan to the state racing commission to conduct 77 days of live racing during the first half of the 2011 season.

MI Developments and Penn National Gaming operate the state thoroughbred tracks in partnership. They were rejected by the Maryland Racing Commission last month in their bid to reduce the racing schedule to 47 days of live racing at the Laurel Park winter meet and Pimlico spring meet.

Penn National official Eric Schippers said Friday the plan included racing through the Preakness on May 21 and then looking for a long-term solution.

The tracks reportedly have been losing millions of dollars a year, and the owners are seeking a way to make year-round racing viable.

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