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“I’ve been in the business over 30 years, and I’m not naive,” Mr. Raffetto said. “I really believe the difference in Maryland is going to be that the people that run Maryland, and I’m referring to all the people involved in the day-to-day operations, care about what racing looks like, care about where the program is headed.

“It’s going to be not just about slots raising purses to enable the horsemen to make a better living,” he added. “It’s going to be about bringing people back out to the facility and showing them what a great sport this is.”