HRI – Pricci: Preakness not enough to save Maryland racing

by | 05.25.2011 | 7:22am

Horse Race Insider John Pricci says the success of the Preakness can't hide the fact that Maryland racing is still in big trouble.  With no summer racing and no viable plan in place for the long-term, Pricci hopes one of several ideas will come to fruition in a state where racing dates back well over 200 years:

“Maryland racing has a long way to go and a short time in which to do it. In addition to the thousands tethered to the horse, farms cover about 10 percent of the state's land. Between the farms and racing facilities, almost 80,000 horses have found homes, albeit a fraction of them race horses.

In addition to contraction and a possible Inner Harbor super track, it is highly likely that Pimlico, Laurel and the Bowie training facility would be shuttered. There has been talk of creating a regional circuit, possibly including Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia. Any plan that would save a way of life, and the spirit of Preakness, deserves all the help it can get.”

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