"I've been coming here since 1984, and I'm a traditionalist. I enjoy seeing some of the same things, over and over," said Beckstead, a pharmacist from Altoona, Pa. "Steamroll it? Never. Update it, make it look like Camden Yards."

Chris Jones would like to see Pimlico refurbished much like Churchill Downs.

"There's a lot to be said for this track's ambiance, its heritage value," said Jones, a home contractor from Barnesville. "But please, redo the grandstand. It goes back a long time. Keep its basic look, but make it more functional, so it can be used for other money-making events, like concerts."

His sentiments were echoed by trainer Shug McGaughey. His horse, Orb, finished fourth after having won the Derby.

"The barns need a facelift, and I'd like to see more of an outdoor-type paddock. But do something with the grandstand, like they did at Gulfstream Park (Fla.)," McGaughey said. "On Saturday afternoons in the winter, that's a happening place for young kids. It gets to poppin.'"


Baltimore Sun Media Group reporter Jon Meoli contributed to this article.

An earlier version of this article misspelled the last name of Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.