Man Who Wants to Buy Maryland Tracks Opposes Slots

CNET co-founder would rather go to jail then implement slots

A technology entrepreneur who wants to buy Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park said he will not have slot machines at Laurel if he acquires the race tracks.

Minor Ventures and CNET co-founder Halsey Minor said he wants to buy Magna Entertainment Corp.'s U.S. operations. Aurora, Ontario-based Magna is having financial problems and owns Pimlico and Laurel.

Minor briefed Comptroller Peter Franchot, an adamant slots opponent, on Wednesday about his hopes to acquire the Maryland racetracks.

Minor says if he were given the opportunity to install slot machines he "would rather go to jail then implement them."

Laurel is one of five locations where slots could be implemented, if voters approve a constitutional amendment in November.

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