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Can Maryland racing return to the majors?

February 5
As Gulfstream Park was experiencing the most successful year in its history — handling $1.2 billion in wagers during 2014 — its parent company gave track president Tim Ritvo an additional task. It asked him to revive thoroughbred racing in Maryland.

Considering that Laurel Park and Pimlico have long suffered from the deterioration of their facilities, defections by their customers and ceaseless warfare between management and horsemen, Ritvo’s new assignment might appear to be a punishment. But he accepted his mission with enthusiasm, and the Maryland horse industry is taking notice. “He’s come in like a house afire,” said Bruce Quade, chairman of the state’s racing commission.

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