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Canadian powerhouse Belinda Stronach brings style, star quality to Preakness

Canadian powerhouse Belinda Stronach brings style, star quality to Preakness

Few would think to transform a Preakness party tent into an Old English hunting lodge, complete with wooden beams, equestrian memorabilia, gleaming chandeliers and touches from a former interior designer for Ralph Lauren.

But few are Belinda Stronach, a Canadian businesswoman, socialite, heiress and former government official. The president of the Stronach Group — the leading owner and operator of horse tracks in the United States, including Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park — has brought some of her star quality to the Preakness this year in the form of a VIP chalet.

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