Those involved in the Maryland racing industry have begun to see some noticeable changes for the better recently as the flow of slots revenue begins to help increase purses.
The fields at Laurel Park, which began its fall season Sept. 5, have been large and competitive, averaging around nine horses per race. Good stables are shipping into Maryland to run. Average daily purses at the track have been $245,000, up from $185,000 last year.
In his latest column for the Washington Post, Andrew Beyer writes that while it's great to see a positive outlook returning to Maryland racing from those involved in the industry, “any optimism should be cautious, considering the history of dysfunction in the Maryland racing industry.” Beyer continues, “the sport is not necessarily headed to a prosperous new era, but it is definitely coming to a make-or-break juncture.”
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