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Laurel Park

Think Laurel is a better investment than Pimlico? Think again.

Think Laurel is a better investment than Pimlico? Think again.

The business case behind Maryland Jockey Club owner The Stronach Group’s desire to consolidate all Maryland horse racing — including the Preakness Stakes — at one supertrack in Laurel is pretty simple. Horse racing as an industry is not what it once was, and Maryland is not a big enough market to sustain two tracks. Pimlico is old and decrepit (and getting more so all the time thanks to Stronach’s disinvestment), while Laurel is newer and spiffier (and getting more so all the time thanks to Stronach’s investment). Pimlico is next to some distressed neighborhoods in Baltimore; Laurel is close to the wellspring of prosperity that is Washington, D.C. Ergo, the smart move is to close...

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