Breeders’ Cup In Maryland? ‘If Enthusiasm Is Currency, We’d Be Here Tomorrow’

by | 03.18.2017 | 3:34pm
Laurel Park officials are eager to show off the track's new renovations
Laurel Park officials are eager to show off the track's new renovations

The Maryland Jockey Club hosted officials from the Breeders' Cup Saturday at Laurel Park, showcasing the latest facility improvements and delivering a larger-than-expected turnout in its first ever “Fantasy Ownership” Day. The Stronach Group, MJC's parent company, is hopeful to secure the Breeders' Cup series of championship races at Laurel Park sometime in the near future, and Saturday appeared to be a positive step in that direction.

“We went over to the Governor's (Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan) office and he couldn't be more enthusiastic about the progress they're making here in racing in Maryland,” Breeders' Cup president and CEO Craig Fravel told Acacia Courtney in a taped interview. “The Governor was obviously quite interested in talking to us about the Breeders' Cup. If enthusiasm is currency, we'd be here tomorrow.”

Locations for the Breeders' Cup event are already set for the next two years: in 2017, Del Mar will host its first ever Breeders' Cup, and in 2018 the event will return to Churchill Downs.

While Fravel declined to discuss possible future locations for the Breeders' Cup until they are officially announced, spokesman Jim Gluckson released the following statement on Friday: “We have a great relationship with the Stronach Group and appreciate all they have done for the Breeders' Cup as a host at Santa Anita Park. As a supporter of the Championships, we plan to continue having a great relationship with them.”

“Obviously the Stronach Group is a great partner of ours,” Fravel continued, “and if they ask us to take a look at one of their properties as a potential venue, we're going to do that.”

Watch the full interview here:

  • Piper Spitz

    I heard all these great things about Laurel, so I visited breeders cup weekend. So overrated. Not worthy of a breeders cup in any way. Sorry.

    • michelle

      Got that right !!!

  • Bristling

    No shot. Facilities are way too small for BC. Pimlico could handle that type of crowd as it does the third Saturday in May.

    • JustJoe

      Pimlico has a date with a wrecking ball.

      • we’re watching

        Wrong. They should be putting the money into Pimlico, not Laurel. Bristling is right, the focus should be on Baltimore, not a suburb of Washington, DC. Puny infrastructure road, parking, etc. They should be driving the economic engine of a big city not the suburbs.

        • JustJoe

          Hahaha!!! Then you should invest your money! You can buy up the surrounding neighborhood for two cents on the dollar and make a fortune selling it after all of those capital improvements.

        • brussellky

          There are many reasons not to invest a fortune in Pimlico but one rarely mentioned is how much higher the property tax rate is there. I can’t remember the exact figure as the article I read on this subject was about a year ago, but the property tax bill alone would be $2-3 million more if they did the capital improvements at Pimlico as opposed to Laurel.

        • totes

          Pimlico is on its deathbed. With the new OTBs in the city and at Timonium, simulcast players have no reason to venture into such a terrible neighborhood. The live meet gets cut shorter and shorter every year (only 12 days in 2017). It’s just a matter of time until Frank moves the Preakness to Laurel, and at that point there is literally no reason to keep Pimlico open, let alone investing more money into it.

          • Bristling

            Don’t forget one of the most iconic races in the history of horse racing was run at Hi Ho Pimlico. The great match race Seabiscuit vs War Admiral. Wish America would wake-up and preserve our past history.

          • michelle

            With that news and 59cents you can get a senior coffee at micky d,s

    • michelle

      how about the potholes in the parking lots !!! They have been there 20 years

  • Lefty_Orioles_Fan

    “The Governor was obviously quite interested in talking to us about the
    Breeders’ Cup. If enthusiasm is currency, we’d be here tomorrow.”

    Well who wouldn’t want the Breeder’s Cup? However, I am not certain that Laurel has everything it takes, plus what about accommodations? Plus, how much are they going to jack up prices even if they did get it? Tickets are a shakedown!!!!

    • Bubba

      “they” if you mean the Maryland Jockey Club and Mr. Stronach has nothing to do with the tickey prices, complain to the Breeders Cup. That is all them. You as a track owner basically give up your facilities to the Breeders Cup.

      • Lefty_Orioles_Fan

        Well, I am sure Stonarch and the Governor could negotiate a deal….to make it possible. There is that Art of the Deal…..

    • michelle

      do not forget those nice hotels on route 198

      • Lefty_Orioles_Fan

        Well, I am sure they leave the light on…..

  • kuzdal

    Whenever Laurel is mentioned as a possible BC site, the picture seen above accompanies the article. I mean….is that one room enough to make me believe that Laurel is ready for the Breeders Cup?

    It’s a drive but I’ll go there myself (and try to remain objective).

  • Casey Higgins

    The breeder’s cup will be at Laurel regardless of any of our opinions. It was basically states in the article. ” Sure Frank we can come to Laurel, after all we keep going to Santa Anita where we really want to keep the breeder’s cup.” I like Mr Stronach but come on everyone realize he is going to get his back scratched regardless. However he is making many improvements at Laurel.

    • Bristling

      NEVER be at Laurel.

      • Casey Higgins

        I am not saying whether it Should or should not. However it is rather obvious that it will.

        • joe

          NO IT WONT !

          • Casey Higgins

            Do I also reply in big capital letters when it inevitably happens?

          • joe

            Yes if you can wait forever

          • Casey Higgins

            Just until oh about April of 2020 when the 2021 site is announced.

  • davecydell

    Laurel, just fine with this horse racing lifer.
    But, Oh, if it were Bowie.

    • JOE

      BOWIE HAS BEEN CLOSED SINCE THE 70’s . HAVE YOU BEEN IN A COMA

      • Bristling

        Actually since 1984

      • Bristling

        Actually it closed in 1984

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