Boosters of Baltimore — from Mayor Catherine Pugh to longtime residents of Park Heights — urged a different, brighter future for Pimlico Race Course before the House Ways and Means Committee in Annapolis.
The Preakness Stakes would generate $52.7 million in economic activity each year if the iconic horse race remains in Baltimore at a rebuilt Pimlico Race Course, according to a new study. More than 90 percent of the activity is projected to occur in the city of Baltimore.
State and local lawmakers have said for years they do not want to see the Preakness leave Baltimore. Yet no one raised any alarms as Pimlico's owner was focusing most of its finances of turning Laurel Park into a "super track" that would host the third leg of the Triple Crown.
Debate over the future of Pimlico Race Course and the Preakness has become increasingly nasty in recent weeks. But even as the Stronach Group takes criticism from Baltimore officials, local horsemen say the track operator has been an effective steward for Maryland racing.
Local residents, elected officials and others fighting for the revitalization of the historic Pimlico Race Course in Northwest Baltimore blasted the racetrack’s owner on Tuesday for investing the vast majority of its state renovation subsidies into its other horse-racing track at Laurel.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh accused the Maryland Jockey Club of wanting to abandon the city for a preferred Laurel location, saying the firm “allowed Pimlico to deteriorate" by spending most of its state-funded improvements in Laurel, not Pimlico.
Officials in Annapolis and Baltimore are wrestling with a proposal by the owner of Maryland’s two largest horse racing tracks to turn Laurel Park into a “super track” capable of hosting some of racing’s largest events – perhaps even the coveted Preakness Stakes.
It’s not the Preakness Stakes, but the Maryland Jockey Club has decided to move another event away from Pimlico Race Course. The Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show, a showcase for retired thoroughbreds, will be on hiatus until at least 2020.
Ten weeks after a study recommended that the city, state and Pimlico Race Course owner negotiate over the track's uncertain future, the dialogue has become strained and elected officials now say they are battling to prevent the Preakness Stakes from ditching Baltimore.
In a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan and legislative leaders, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said The Stronach Group would be happy to leave Pimlico Race Course as nothing more than a "fenced-in vacant lot." She blasted the track's owners after they urged construction of a "super track" at Laurel Park.
FTF Racing’s Correjon continued his winter hot streak at Laurel Park, earning his third straight win over its main track with a record-setting half-length triumph in Sunday’s featured Super Bowl Starter Handicap.
The extreme cold will continue into Tuesday, with temperatures expected to hover in the single digits Monday evening through central Maryland and to drop to as low as 0 in the mountains of Western Maryland, forecasters predicted.
Gaming meets community at Xanadu Games at Laurel Park, where gamers connect over "fighting games" and weekly competitions. Xanadu Games moved from Arbutus to a new facility at Laurel Park last March and seeks to draw more customers there, according to the president of the Maryland Jockey Club.
After dismissing two less ambitious options, the Maryland Stadium Authority proposed replacing Baltimore's faded Pimlico Race Course with a stylish – and costly – new track designed to open up its amenities to the surrounding community year-round and encourage development in the area.
A new Maryland Stadium Authority study calls for a $424 million demolition and rebuilding of Pimlico Race Course, the dilapidated home of the Preakness Stakes in Northwest Baltimore. What does the study say?
A new Maryland Stadium Authority study says $424 million in upgrades are needed at Pimlico Race Course. A summary of the report obtained by The Baltimore Sun recommends adding amenities such as a grocery store, hotel, other retail shops and townhouses.