From the Baltimore Sun:
Although various players in the state’s thoroughbred racing industry may disagree on how to sustain the sport, Gov. Martin O’Malley’s office said Monday that everyone agreed on one thing: keeping the Preakness Stakes in Maryland.
O’Malley’s chief legislative officer, Joseph Bryce, and Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander Sanchez hosted a meeting Monday to try and broker an agreement that would salvage live racing next year and ensure the future of the Preakness, the second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown.
They met with representatives of the tracks’ majority owner, MI Developments, minority owner Penn National Gaming, and groups representing horsemen and breeders.
After the closed-door, three-hour meeting at the State House, Bryce said the Preakness is “safe,” though details are still being worked out for a deal regarding a 2011 schedule for thoroughbred racing. Bryce said several options were discussed, but he declined to say what they would be.
The parties are expected to meet again within the next week with a goal of having a viable plan before the Maryland Racing Commission’s meeting later this month, Bryce said.

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