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Please forward this error screen to 72. 10218 Race Track Road Berlin, Maryland, U. Ocean Downs is a casino and harness racing track in Berlin, Maryland, near Saratoga casino slot machines City.


It is owned and operated by a joint venture of Churchill Downs, Inc. After two failing years, ODRA began to speculate switching to thoroughbred racing, but that did not happen.

In 1986, the Maryland Racing Commission was hesitant to approve race days at Ocean Downs due to the track’s management, so the owners of Rosecroft Raceway, a competing harness track in Maryland, purchased Ocean Downs and renamed it Delmarva Downs. In 1987, real estate developer Mark Vogel purchased the racetrack. Ocean Downs went into bankruptcy in 1991, however, and it was sold to Fred Weisman, a California entrepreneur. After the purchase, the racetrack returned to the former name of Ocean Downs.

Two years later, CSOA sold Ocean Downs to Bally Entertainment because the track continued to lose money, and Bally Entertainment expected slot machines to be legalized in the state. That did not happen, and William Rickman purchased Ocean Downs from Bally Entertainment in 2000.

Maryland voters approved slot machines in 2008 for five locations, including Worcester County. 45-million casino began, and it opened the following year. The United States saw a nationwide surge of interest in harness racing in the 1940s, fueled largely by the addition of parimutuel betting, electric lights to allow night racing, and development of the mobile starting gate.

100 days per year of harness racing with no more than 20 racing days at one track. Four applications were approved: Ocean Downs, Laurel Raceway, Rosecroft Raceway, and Baltimore Raceway. Work on Ocean Downs began in November 1947, with plans to open the following summer, but they were delayed due to construction difficulties. 650,000, Ocean Downs opened on July 25, 1949.

85,000 in its first two seasons, owing to its remote location compared to the three other harness tracks. The MGA attempted to help by raising the takeout three times in ten years. Rumors surfaced Ocean Downs might switch to thoroughbred racing, and an apparent schism over the idea led to the resignation of half of the board of directors in 1957.