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Preakness 2018: Pimlico track has held up through a day of racing, but fog moves in

The Baltimore Sun

After a day of racing, the Pimlico Race Course track was sloppy, but was sealed and was expected to be in good shape for the Preakness race.

The rain first turned to a mist and then stopped early in the afternoon. And while the rain diminished, fog moved into the area. It was difficult to see across the infield from the grandstand to the backstretch.

Four of the five turf races were moved to the dirt, reducing the fields in those races. Between races Pimlico track personnel worked on the main track, trying to push as much water off as possible.

“I’ve never seen a streak where leading up to the race we get five straight days of rain,” Stronach Group chief operating officer Tim Ritvo said Saturday afternoon.

Yet Ritvo said that he has been “getting rave reviews from the horsemen” about the condition of the track.

“The track is playing fair,” Ritvo said. “They have worked day and night, I have watched them every single night, cutting holes, making sure the drainage [works], we don’t see a lot of washouts along the rails.

“I’m very happy with them. This is a tough task. You’re dealing with a track that’s 140 years old, drainage isn’t like we did at Gulfstream or Laurel.”

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