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DLLR's Maryland Racing Commission

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 
  1. Are applicants for a license required to be fingerprinted?
  2. What is the term of a license?
  3. What is the date of the Preakness?
  4. How many racetracks are there in Maryland?
  5. How many Off-Track Betting facilities (OTB) outlets are there in Maryland (called SSB facilities by Maryland law)?
  6. How does one go about obtaining the right to operate an OTB outlet?

Are applicants for a license required to be fingerprinted?
Yes, if the applicant has never been licensed in Maryland or is not currently licensed and in good standing in another jurisdiction; otherwise, no.

What is the term of a license?
Presently, some licenses expire at the end of the calendar year, others on June 30.

What is the date of the Preakness?
The 3rd Saturday in May of every year.

How many racetracks are there in Maryland?
There are two thoroughbred mile tracks, Laurel and Pimlico, one thoroughbred Half mile track, Timonium (during Timonium race meet, the State Fair is also being held) and one steeplechase track, Fair Hill. There are two standardbred tracks, Rosecroft and Ocean Downs.

How many Off-Track Betting facilities (OTB) outlets are there in Maryland (called SSB facilities by Maryland law)?
There is presently one Off-Track Betting Facility (OTB). There is no legal limit to the number of OTB outlets.

How does one go about obtaining the right to operate an OTB outlet?
Contact a thoroughbred or standardbred racetrack and negotiate a contract with either or both of them first. Then, if you have successfully negotiated a contract with either of them, contact the Commission for an application. Since the law requires that the betting operation must be operated by the racetrack, the Commission will not entertain an application that does not include a contract with one of the racetracks.