Penn National Gaming said Tuesday that it has committed to another two years of live racing at Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George’s County — if a casino isn’t approved at nearby National Harbor.
The announcement is the latest in a series of salvos from Penn that have come in advance of the special session of the Maryland legislature that starts Thursday.
Lawmakers will consider allowing a new casino in Prince George’s, as well as Las Vegas-style table games at Maryland’s five other slots sites.
Penn, which also owns Hollywood Casino Perryville, has been lobbying for more than a year to allow a casino at Rosecroft, the once-shuttered harness track it bought and re-opened last year in Fort Washington.
Penn executives recently accused Maryland of running a “sleazy process” that favors National Harbor, the 300-acre mini-city on the banks of the Potomac River.
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