Maryland state senators from Baltimore have asked a committee to kill a bill that would provide money for the Stronach Group to invest in Laurel Park.
The $120 million needed to renovate Laurel is part of existing budget allocations but the senators from Baltimore want the Budget and Taxation committee to shelve the legislation, according to the Baltimore Sun. The Stronach Group's plan calls for improving Laurel to create a “super track” there that would eventually be the new home of the Preakness.
“As you are aware, the Preakness Stakes has been run in Baltimore since 1873, two years before the Kentucky Derby,” the senators said in a letter to the committee. “The Preakness is a creation of Baltimore, thrives in Baltimore, and is embedded in the fabric and heart of our City.”
Sen. Nancy King, chairwoman of the Budget and Taxation committee, said she needs to see the Stronach Group's plan for the future of Pimlico and that she hopes to strike a deal that would make both Laurel and Pimlico supporters happy.
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