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Topic - Lou Raffetto
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Maryland horse racing officials have said repeatedly that slots are needed to breathe new life into their industry. They said competition from Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, where expanded gambling subsidizes purses and attracts the best horses, hurts Maryland.
Lou Raffetto, president of the Maryland Jockey Club, acknowledges that racing has declined in neighboring states, but he says that won't happen in Maryland, because the state has a horse racing tradition and the farms, breeding operations, infrastructure and committed track owners to match.
"I've been in the business over 30 years, and I'm not naive," Mr. Raffetto said.