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We have no doubt that the Maryland Jockey Club could run a very nice race at Laurel Park two weeks after the Kentucky Derby, but it would be the racing equivalent of New Coke, everything a focus group might tell you they want in a leg of the Triple Crown but none of what people actually love about the Preakness.
Gov. Larry Hogan opened the door Tuesday to discussion of a state investment in a renovation of Pimlico Race Course, saying he wants to keep the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore and is willing to work out a deal if the price is right.
Park Heights, a once-thriving Baltimore community near Pimlico Race Course that has lost more than half its population since the 1960s, is in need of a rebirth as owners of the facility that's home to Preakness shift resources away from the troubled neighborhood.
When he first met the horse, here's what trainer Billy Meister saw: a bay gelding with good breeding, a nervous nature and large, Spock-like ears — with little in between. The horse, Grand Manan, would kick his handler. On one road trip, he broke out of his trailer stall. And always, during races, he fought his jockeys to the finish.
Relocating the Preakness venue from Baltimore City would be as historically illogical as relocating the D-Day memorial from Normandy. The Preakness Stakes was born in and for Baltimore City. The town's 186-year history of top echelon horse racing should be preserved by a renaissance of Pimlico's track and urban neighborhood.
The Maryland Department of Transportation announced Thursday that the Laurel MARC train stops will not be eliminated while scheduling adjustments are made to a planned Laurel Park station in Howard County.
March is a time for dreamers in thoroughbred racing. The newest crop of 3-year-olds have shown just enough talent that their connections begin to think in earnest about clutching a garland of roses on the first Saturday in May.
Though the Maryland Stadium Authority just released a study of potential renovations at Pimlico Race Course, the most significant questions about the home of the Preakness —including the optimal way to redevelop it and how to pay for the project — remain to be answered, the authority's chairman said Monday.
Pimlico Race Course needs to be redeveloped at a cost between $250 million and $320 million to assure the 147-year-old north Baltimore facility remains a suitable home for the Preakness but questions loom about who might pay for it.
The Maryland Stadium Authority will release a long-awaited report on the future of Pimlico Race Course on Friday, with lawmakers and racing officials hoping the study will spur serious discussion about the site's long-term viability as home of the Preakness.