Deal may keep Preakness in Md.
An aide to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and horse racing representatives say a tentative agreement has been reached to allow a full calendar of 146 racing days in the state and keep the Preakness Stakes in Maryland.
Joseph Bryce, O'Malley's chief legislative officer, told reporters about the agreement after meeting with horse racing representatives Wednesday morning in Annapolis.
Bryce says between $3.5 million to $4 million would be redirected from the state's slot machine proceeds to pay for operating costs.
The plan still needs the approval of the Maryland Racing Commission.
The agreement was announced a day after the commission voted to reject a proposal by the owners of Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park to conduct live racing next year.
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