Angelos Meets With O'Malley About Preakness
A State House meeting late this afternoon between Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos and Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) added to the intrigue over the future of the Preakness Stakes horse race.
"I'd like to see the Preakness remain in Maryland," Angelos said in an interview after the meeting. "It's part of Maryland history. ... Whatever I could do to help, I'm prepared to do."
Angelos, who has had a frosty relationship with O'Malley in recent years, declined to discuss specifics of the meeting, which also included Racing Commission Chairman John B. Franzone and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert).
Miller in recent days has suggested the possibility of the state taking over the race if it is abandoned by Magna Entertainment Corp., which filed for bankruptcy protection this month. Miller said that the best option would be a "white knight" buying Magna's tracks and keeping the fabled Preakness at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
"It was about the Preakness and the assets of Magna," Miller said after the meeting. "What Mr. Angelos indicated to the governor is his chief concern is keeping the Preakness in Maryland."
Angelos, whose family nearly bought Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County a few years ago, emerged from the Governor's Office accompanied by Franzone and Gerard Evans, a lobbyist who represents both Angelos and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen Association.
O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese declined to comment on the meeting but said: "The governor is very interested in keeping the Preakness in Maryland as well."
March 19, 2009; 5:46 PM ET
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