142nd Preakness Stakes

From the view of the barn, everything looks just fine at Pimlico. "From my standpoint, I have no problem with Pimlico," said Carlos Martin, a third generation trainer whose horse, Berks County, is competing in the 8th race. The facilities here are "fine," the track is well-maintained and "the security's second to none here in Maryland." For a man who says horse training is in his blood, to move the race to Laurel would be a strong blow to tradition. "The triple crown races are the staple of the racing industry.... It's like the World Series. People around the world that don't know anything about racing know about the Triple Crown," he said. "It would be so out of character for the Preakness to be held anyplace other than Pimlico," he said. He acknowledged the change could be inevitable -- but it'll sure take some getting used to.

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