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With future of Preakness foggy, commission focuses on improving Maryland horse racing
With future of Preakness foggy, commission focuses on improving Maryland horse racing

To hear Preakness organizers and the owners of Maryland's Pimlico and Laurel Park racetracks tell it, the middle jewel of the Triple Crown is only one piece, albeit an important one, of the state's broader racing culture. Perhaps that is why discussions of the race's future at Pimlico, which dominated the days before Saturday's 140th Preakness and those that followed, were wholly absent from Tuesday's monthly meeting of the Maryland Racing Commission at Pimlico Race Course. “These discussions [about the Preakness] are just getting revved up,” said Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of the Stronach Group, which owns Pimlico and Laurel Park. “Take...

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