A group representing the Maryland Jockey Club, horsemen and Baltimore City is heading to the Breeders' Cup for ‘preliminary dialogue’ about Pimlico or Laurel possibly hosting the big race in the future.
In a race between two top 2-year-olds, Affirmed defeats Alydar by a neck in the 55th Laurel Futurity at Laurel Park. One year later, Affirmed wins the Triple Crown, defeating Alydar in the Kentucky Derby (by 1 1/2 lengths), Preakness (neck) and Belmont Stakes (head).
Laurel Park will open its doors at 10:30 a.m. with a special first-race post time of noon for Saturday’s 34th Jim McKay Maryland Million Day program of 12 races, including seven stakes and four starter stakes worth $1.02 million in purses.
As the commission proposing big increases to Maryland education funding nears key decisions, Gov. Larry Hogan is ramping up his fight against the plans with a high-dollar fundraiser for his political lobbying organization at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland.
Though the plan — forged by Baltimore and racing industry leaders, and released Saturday — would secure the future of the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course and create a consolidated training center at Laurel Park, it did not inspire unanimous praise among Maryland horsemen.
Baltimore, overcoming steep odds, has come up with a way to keep horseracing’s prestigious Preakness Stakes in the city through a landmark agreement that would have the owners of the 149-year-old Pimlico Race Course donating the entire racetrack site to the community for development in and around the track.
New York Supreme Court Justice Joel M. Cohen wrote in a decision issued Thursday that MASN should pay the Nationals the $296.8 million recommended by the panel, minus rights fees MASN already has paid for that five-year period.