This weekend’s Preakness Stakes–Afleet Alex won, by the way–brought with it a load of national attention to Maryland’s slots issue. The Sun dutifully covers the story here. For the Conventional Wisdom, and a national perspective, see USA Today. WYPR’s own Marc Steiner discusses slots, horse racing, etc., on Saturday’s All Things Considered.
The best take I could find came from Louisville Courier-Jornal sports columnist Rick Bozich, who’s OK with slots, and admits they’re a decent short-time solution, but says the horse-racing needs a lot more than that to thrive. The New York Post’s Ray Kerrison, on the other hand, happily carries water for track owners/politicians who are all about the slots.
Most nonslots Preakness coverage is pretty perfunctory (what do you expect after 130 years?), but for more color check out David Snyder’s homage to Pimlico’s longtime “Switchboard” operators for the Wash Post and Sun sports columnist John Eisenberg’s breakdown of a moment during the actual horse race.