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Maryland Officials Meet With Horse Racing Representatives

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In Annapolis, state officials are meeting with representatives of the Maryland Jockey Club to try to break through the impasse over horse racing in the state.

Maryland's labor secretary and an aide to Gov. O'Mally have been negotiating with members of the jockey club since 2 p.m.

The Jockey Club asked for only 47 live racing days for 2011, which was unanimously rejected by the state's racing commission.

In 2010, there are 146 live racing days, which many industry say was already too low. A spokesperson for the governor says nothing has been finalized, but they're discussing giving the track owners more money to keep them afloat if more racing days are added.

If no agreement is reached it puts in jeopardy the state's pride: The Preakness Stakes in Baltimore.


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