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Preakness is gone - and Baltimore the lesser for it

Preakness is gone - and Baltimore the lesser for it
Horses race around the first turn of the 125th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Baltimore. (Doug Kapustin / TNS)

With the recent proposal from The Stronach Group, it is becoming increasingly certain that Pimlico’s days are numbered and the Preakness will be headed to Laurel (“Decision time for Preakness, Pimlico and horse racing in Maryland,” Feb. 21).

But the move is not just about facilities. It’s also about money and prestige, which is something the Preakness has never been able to deliver in comparison to the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. The D.C. area will provide that.

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While the race will still be run in Maryland, all the associated festivities will move from Baltimore to Washington, D.C. What better hosting venue can there be than the nation’s capital with its trove of politicians, lobbyists and very important people? And their incomes, too.

Wave good-bye, Baltimore.

Dan Waszelewski, Carney

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