Michael E. Busch

Baltimore mayor blasts Pimlico owners, who say they want to move Preakness to Laurel

Baltimore mayor blasts Pimlico owners, who say they want to move Preakness to Laurel

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is blasting the owners of the Pimlico Race Course after the company urged construction of a “super track” for horse racing in Laurel, not Baltimore.

In a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan and General Assembly leaders, Pugh urged them to reject The Stronach Group’s efforts to emphasize horse racing at its Laurel Park track. She argued the tracks’ Canadian owners would be happy to leave Pimlico — home to the Preakness Stakes — as nothing more than a “fenced-in vacant lot.”

“Certainly, before throwing away the racing tradition of the Preakness Stakes, the annual ‘Super Bowl’ of Baltimore city, and a generator of significant revenue for Maryland, [The...

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