A new Maryland Stadium Authority study says $424 million in upgrades are needed at Pimlico Race Course. A summary of the report obtained by The Baltimore Sun recommends adding amenities such as a grocery store, hotel, other retail shops and townhouses.
Frank Stronach, founder of the company that owns Pimlico Race Course, has sued his daughter Belinda, who had taken the reins of the business in recent years. Frank is trying to wrest control from Belinda, who is expected in Baltimore in 10 days for the Maryland Million at Laurel.
The Preakness should move to Laural. The Pimlico Race Course actually hurts rather than helps the local economy. We have it backward: The neighborhood surrounding Pimlico is not decaying and poor in spite of the track, but at least partly because of it.
Stonach Group COO Tim Ritvo doesn't expect the organization to put more money into Pimlico, and doesn't see a future for Preakness at Pimlico unless the state invests hundreds of millions of dollars to renovate the aging racetrack.
After the stock market crash helped end Noah Abramson's promising career as a professional show jumper, the Howard County native is making an impact as a thoroughbred trainer and won with one of his horses running Preakness Day.
Fractious and temperamental, Count Fleet won the Triple Crown in 1943, the sixth horse to do so. He breezed in every race, winning the Kentucky Derby by three lengths, the Preakness (one week later) by eight and the Belmont Stakes by 25.