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Why send Preakness closer to Washington?

Justify jockey Mike Smith and trainer Bob Baffert talks about what it took to win the 143rd Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

On Sunday I was watching the pre-race interviews for the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Montreal. The race organizer was enthusiastic about the commitment made by the city, local businesses and the province of Quebec to invest money for improvements to the facility, emphasizing the people it brings to the area and the money it generates for the local hotel, restaurant, and related businesses.

Here we are in Baltimore in possession of one of the truly great horse races in the world, one that transcends the sport known by even non-racing fans. And what are we doing? Talking about sending the Preakness meet and the money it generates for the Baltimore area hotel, restaurant and related businesses to Washington D.C. (“Schmuck: As racing fans flock to Laurel Park on Belmont Day, opinions mixed about Preakness' future,” June 9.) Another nail in the coffin to what was once a great city. The community, local businesses, Maryland Jockey Club and city and state officials should be looking to keep the Pimlico race meet here rather than shipping it off to D.C.and financing it with metropolitan Baltimore taxpayer money.

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Michael Bankoski, Timonium

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