The future of live horse racing in Maryland is still in doubt, but negotiators say progress is being made on getting the 2011 season underway.
After the racing commission unanimously rejected a plan for only 47 live racing days, it was back to the drawing board for the Maryland Jockey Club and Penn National Gaming. The two groups met with an aide to Gov. O'Malley yesterday, but they refused to discuss the details of the talks.
"There is certainly no result or conclusion at this point in time, but the industry is involved in a very constructive dialogue around finding a solution that works for all parties," says Penn National's senior vice president for corporate development, Steven Snyder.
People involved in the horse industry are fighting for a robust live racing industry in the state, but it's unclear what the two sides will agree on.
"We plan to reconvene in the very near future to try and make sure that we have a plan in place prior to the next meeting of the racing commission," says Joe Bryce, the governor's legislative officer.
That racing commission meeting is just two weeks away. Officials say they're committed to hosting the Preakness Stakes, though nothing is finalized.