LAUREL, MD – The Maryland Jockey Club announced today it will host a town hall meeting with industry leaders Friday, Nov. 20 to share and discuss its vision for the future of the Maryland Thoroughbred industry.
The town hall meeting, open to industry stakeholders, the media and public, will be held in the Carriage Room at Laurel Park. The town hall meeting will begin at 6 p.m. after a free buffet dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Speakers include The Stronach Group’s COO Tim Ritvo, Maryland Racing Commissioner Bruce Quade, and general counsel Alan Foreman of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.
“We believe this is a good time to get together as a group to discuss what our hopes and plans are for the Maryland Thoroughbred industry as well as answer any questions from the public and other stakeholders who support the industry,” Ritvo said. “I believe this is an exciting time for Maryland racing, but we believe there’s so much more potential. I believe the town hall will bring everyone together for a positive and productive discussion.”
Total handle on Maryland racing is up $53 million from last year and the Maryland Jockey Club’s off-track betting facility at the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore has handled more than $5 million in less than six months of operation. Nearly 20,000 people attended Jim McKay Maryland Million Day Oct. 17.
The Maryland Jockey Club has spent more than $17 million the past 10 months renovating Laurel Park. Renovations have included new barns, flooring, seating and concession stands, a renovated simulcast area, and high-definition televisions throughout its facility and on its broadcast.