BIG MEETING IN MARYLAND TODAY

Maryland state officials plan to meet with MJC, Penn Gaming, the horsemen and breeders today in an attempt to sort out the 2011 racing schedule in Maryland.
Joseph C. Bryce, legislative director for Gov. Martin O’Malley, and Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander Sanchez are expected to meet Monday with representatives of the tracks’ majority owner, MI Developments, minority owner Penn National Gaming, and groups representing horsemen and breeders.

Last week, the Maryland Racing Commission rejected a proposal to run 17 days of live racing at Laurel Park in January followed by a 30 days of live racing in April and May at Pimlico in Baltimore. That’s down from 146 days at the two tracks last year.