The industry lives with constant apprehension that the legislature could shift slot machines revenues — which have bolstered purses, breeder incentives and track improvements — to other sources. The only answer is to be stable enough to survive without gaming subsidies, said Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer for the Stronach Group, which owns Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course. "We've got to become a viable business on our own."
The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled the official logo for the 141st running of the Preakness on Tuesday. The middle jewel of racing¿s Triple Crown will take place Saturday, May 21, at Pimlico Race Course.
Chanting "we want justice, we won't wait," and "Pimlico, rich and rude, we don't like your attitude," workers from Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park rallied outside Pimlico on Tuesday morning after they say their employer proposed cutting their hours and health and retirement benefits.
Superstardom did nothing to dull American Pharoah's competitive form. He won the $1.75-million Haskell almost casually, with jockey Victor Espinoza easing him to the finish line as a record crowd of 60,983 roared approval.
Baltimore's Donnell Whittenburg will compete for the United States in the floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, parallel bars and horizontal bar at the Pan American Games, which begin today in Toronto.
Six students from Harford County received the Triple Crown Award from the Music Teachers Association of Greater Baltimore on May 17th at the Honors Recital that was held at CCBC, Essex Campus. In order to receive this annual recognition, the students performed at the Holiday Piano Marathon at Kenilworth Shopping Center in Towson, took the MSMTA Music Theory Exam at Peabody Conservatory and performed at the Honors Recital during the 2014-2015 Academic Year.
All told, some 600,000 green acres are preserved in Maryland by the horse industry. The more interest and excitement generated by thoroughbred stars such an American Pharoah, the easier it is to save this open space from development.
Pimlico Race Course's 37-day spring meet, highlighted by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's victory in the Preakness, ended Saturday with sharp increases over last year in total and average handle, the Maryland Jockey Club announced.
Questions quickly turned to American Pharoah's future schedule and his potential impact on a struggling sport, but Baffert and owner Ahmed Zayat mostly wanted to soak in the moment after the horse won the 2015 Belmont Stakes and horse racing's Triple Crown.
When the Kentucky Derby winner leaves Pimlico after the third Saturday in May with its status as a Triple Crown contender still intact, that ensures at least three more weeks of mainstream attention on a horse racing community that doesn't get much time in the spotlight. Though their portion of the Triple Crown is done, Maryland racing officials and horsemen still have a stake in the outcome.
Two questions have hovered over American Pharoah's preparations for the Belmont Stakes: Can he triumph where 13 others have failed and become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978? If he does it, would his achievement lift a sport that has lost much of its stature over the last four decades?
When American Pharoah breaks from the gate at Belmont Park on Saturday, he'll be carrying more than jockey Victor Espinoza on his broad shoulders. He'll also have to lug 37 years worth of baggage around the track on his 1 ½-mile run for horse racing's elusive Triple Crown.
Though he was once a jockey and has guided the careers of some of the greatest thoroughbreds of the last 20 years, Baffert usually stays on the ground these days. His steed on this rare occasion was one of the great supporting characters in American Pharoah¿s quest for the Triple Crown ¿ the beloved buckskin pony Smokey.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert continues to see all the right signs from his Triple Crown contender American Pharoah, who took his first gallop over the track at Belmont Park on Thursday morning. "When he finally came down the stretch, he was moving so fluidly, like he usually does," Baffert said. "So it was a very positive gallop. It looks like he's moving along just like he always moves along. It was very comforting to see that. You can tell he still has his energy."
What mainstream attention horse racing garners is overwhelmingly focused on the Triple Crown. Is it all too much? Are we obsessed with the Triple Crown to the detriment of a sport desperate to attract attention the rest of the year?
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert nodded in approval as he heard American Pharoah will start from the No. 5 hole when he attempts to become the 12th Triple Crown winner in history in Saturday¿s Belmont Stakes.