Owners of the long-troubled Rosecroft Raceway say slots or other casino-style gambling are essential to their business plan for the horse racing track to survive.
Penn National Gaming bought the bankrupt track last year for $12 million and reopened it to racing with hopes that it could expand gambling at the site. Now the company could be eliminated from competition for a casino even before a gambling license is approved for Prince George's County.
County Executive Rushern Baker is now supporting a measure to expand gambling at the National Harbor development instead. He urged Maryland lawmakers last week to support the plan for a high-end casino near the Potomac River.
Steven Snyder of Penn National says a gambling license at Rosecroft is the last viable option to sustain horse racing.