» Infrastructure issues: Custodians told guests waiting in line that nearly all the women’s restrooms were closed for water issues. Low water pressure was observed earlier. As announced a month ago, almost 7,000 seats in the Old Grandstand are closed due to deterioration.
» Preakness’ uncertain future: Going into the race, the debate over whether Pimlico will continue to host the middle jewel of the Triple Crown reached a fever pitch. Midday, a plane flew over the racetrack pulling a sign that read "STRONACH KEEP PREAKNESS IN BALTIMORE,” referring to the owner of Pimlico and Laurel Park, where some would like Preakness to head. Addressing reporters at the race, a Stronach executive said negotiations with the state and city must continue.
» Stronach Finances: Baltimore officials have accused Pimlico’s owner, The Stronach Group, of submitting inaccurate revenue figures to Maryland’s tax collector. And Stronach representatives have accused the city of peddling “faulty” calculations that could have been easily explained with a simple conversation.