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What about Pimlico's storied history?

Tim Ritvo, the chief operating officer of the Stronach Group, said in a news conference Saturday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course before the 143rd Preaknessthat there are no plans on the table to invest more of the organization’s funds into the 148-year-old facility.

The second phase of the Pimlico feasibility study sounds like it was conducted by a totally different group of people than the first (“Maryland Stadium Authority proposal for new Pimlico leaves open question of how to pay for rebuild,” Dec. 13).

The first phase advocated doing the renovation and rebuild in stages. This study is a total turnaround saying a complete demolition is the way to go. Gone will be the 1895 Grand Concourse, the Stakes barn that houses every Kentucky Derby winner and, most importantly, the track where Man o’ War, Sea Biscuit and Secretariat ran. The track will even be made smaller to make room for a neighborhood flea market space — hardly fitting for a Triple Crown race.

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No doubt, during construction, the Preakness will move to Laurel where prices will triple to make up for less people. Anyone want to place a bet on whether the Preakness will return? The one thing that kept this race in Baltimore was the history. Looks like they have finally figured out a way to get rid of that.

April I. Smith, Towson

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