Sunday morning D. Wayne Lukas appeared at his barn a bit later than planned but still less than 12 hours after his horse fended off a listless field in an unexpectedly languorous middle leg of the Triple Crown.
A group of friends and family from Elkridge prepared for the Preakness as they have every year for decades. They packed tubs of Rice Krispies treats, shrimp salad, macaroni salad, cashews, soft drinks and a giant bag of Utz chips into their cars and headed to Pimlico Race Course.
Maryland Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas said Saturday that the Preakness brand ¿has changed dramatically¿ in the last few years, citing an attendance bump in the infield celebration and increased security all around the racetrack.
Before they ever officially became racehorses, they were just two of eight horses in a field on the Kentucky farm where they were born. Shortly after being weaned from their mothers, they were given their own paddock to roam at bucolic Claiborne Farm outside of Lexington, Ky.
This year, the Maryland Jockey Club is trying spice up the Preakness brand, and they've brought in "Top Chef" alumnus Mike Isabella to create the menus for the Turfside Terrace, where guests pay $315 for spectacular finish-line views, and for the Preakness Village, where corporations entertain on grand and semi-grand scales.
Ticket sales for the 2013 Preakness are up 10 percent compared to a year ago, suggesting this year's race could see attendance rise for the fourth straight year and top the record of 121,309 set in 2012.
By By Carrie Wells and Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun
A visibly increased police presence greeted Orioles fans Tuesday as they ventured to Camden Yards for Baltimore's first major sporting event since the previous day's deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Alternative rock group Chevelle, Nashville country duo Florida-Georgia Line and Philadelphia-based cover band Kristen and the Noise will perform on the Jagermeister Stage at this year's Preakness InfieldFest on May 18, the Maryland Jockey Club announced.
Ten horses were injured and euthanized at Laurel Park over six weeks earlier this year, prompting the state to investigate why the rate of deaths at the racetrack had spiked so dramatically and suddenly.
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Maryland's aggressive maneuvering to regain horse racing business lost to neighboring states moved forward Tuesday with a proposal to restructure purse allocations and divert more money to local horses.
Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Friday that the horse industry in Maryland has reached a 10-year deal to guarantee continuous racing at Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park, an agreement that promises 146 days of live contests in 2013.