Preakness 2019: Coverage from Pimlico

Every Preakness, Sun journalists cover the ponies and the party like no one else. Live updates from Pimlico will post here throughout the day.

Live updates
Custodians told those in line that the water had been shut off and they were closing the bathroom.
Custodians told those in line that the water had been shut off and they were closing the bathroom. (McKenna Oxenden / Baltimore Sun)

» 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.

» Theme song?: Entertainment reporter Sameer Rao is counting how many times "Old Town Road" is played. The final count was three.

» Wide-open Preakness field: With Country House recovering from an illness, for the first time in 23 years, the Kentucky Derby winner won't race at Pimlico. Neither will Maximum Security, the horse that crossed the finish line first two weeks ago but was disqualified for drifting into the path of other horses. The 13-horse field for the Preakness Stakes (approximate post time 6:48) is the largest for the Triple Crown's middle jewel since 2011.

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