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Maryland Horse Racing Industry Reaches 10-Year Agreement

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LAUREL, Md. (WJZ) — The Maryland horse racing industry reached a 10-year agreement for sustained racing at Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park.

The Maryland Jockey Club, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and the Maryland Horse Breeders Association signed the deal.

According to the Maryland Jockey Club, the agreement states that horsemen race for a minimum of 100 days a year.

Under the agreement, Pimlico and Laurel Park must remain open for year-round racing, training and stabling.

The 2013 racing season will feature 146 days of live racing days at the major Maryland tracks. That is the same number as this year, last year and 2010.

MJC president Tom Chuckas credits Governor Martin O’Malley with setting up the framework for the deal.

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