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Maryland Legislator Seeks Investigation Into Racing Commission

A Maryland legislator from Baltimore sent a letter this week to the state attorney general requesting an investigation into the Maryland Racing Commission over subsidies given to the Stronach Group and potential conflict of interest issues with members of the commission. State Delegate Nick Mosby sent the inquiry, which comes after a pair of Baltimore […]

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Under Armour Loss Will Leave ‘Quite A Void’ In Preakness Infield

The Under Armour brand has sponsored a tent in Pimlico’s infield on Preakness Day for years, but the finish line will be lacking the brand’s presence in 2018. According to the Baltimore Sun, Under Armour’s corporate decision is a result of struggling sales and stock prices, and the company will focus on “becoming a more operationally efficient […]

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Saturday Afternoon Horses: Sagamore Farm Taking Racing ‘To The Next Level’

When Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank started Sagamore Racing 10 years ago, his plan was to play at the top echelon of the sport, according to the Baltimore Sun. Despite a Breeders’ Cup winner in 2010, Sagamore had started struggling to find the winner’s circle in the Saturday afternoon races. Plank had never […]

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Pimlico ‘Renaissance’? Baltimore Officials Need To Make ‘A Real Commitment’ To Neighborhood Improvement

The fates of both Pimlico Race Course and the Park Heights neighborhood that surrounds it are inextricably intertwined, so The Stronach Group’s diversion of investment dollars from Pimlico to Laurel Park could well be setting a precedent for the area’s future. According to the Baltimore Sun, Cheo D. Hurley is a part of a Baltimore-sponsored […]

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De Francis: What If An Over-Medicated Horse Collapses During The Triple Crown?

Joseph De Francis, formerly the CEO of the Maryland Jockey Club, is concerned that over the course of the Triple Crown classic races, “an overmedicated horse will collapse in front of millions of viewers, sending the industry’s already tenuous fortunes tumbling along with it,” according to a Baltimore Sun story. The 61-year-old warns that the […]

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No Nasal Strip, No Belmont? Regulation ‘Might Be a Problem’ for California Chrome

Trainer Art Sherman said the rules against nasal strips in New York “might be a problem” for California Chrome, who is expected to bid for the Triple Crown at Belmont Park June 7. The Flair Equine Nasal Strip California Chrome has been wearing keeps nasal passages open and helps horses breathe during races. As Sherman […]

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Coburn: Hospitality At Churchill ‘Wasn’t Very Good’

In the winner’s circle following California Chrome’s Preakness victory, co-owner Steve Coburn praised Pimlico on their hospitality throughout the week. He also had something to say to Churchill Downs, host of the Kentucky Derby. “I honestly believe that it was a bad, bad day at Churchill,” Coburn said. Coburn mentions that his partner, Perry Martin, […]

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Dale Austin, Racing Reporter for the Baltimore Sun, Dies at 81

Dale Austin, longtime horse racing reporter for the Baltimore Sun, died Friday, May 9, at his home. He was 81. Austin’s wife, Ann, told the Sun that her husband had spent much of Thursday at the doctor’s office, and had returned home “very, very tired.” Mrs. Austin said that on Friday morning, her husband had […]

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Future Bright For Maryland Racing As Preakness Approaches

In a piece for The Baltimore Sun, Childs Walker takes us through the highs and lows of the Maryland racing industry and how now, looking forward to this year’s Preakness Stakes on May 17, they have embraced “widespread optimism.” Bruce Quade, chairman of the Maryland Racing Commission, had this to say about the state of […]

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Cowherd: Kegasus the wrong message for Preakness

The Baltimore Sun’s Kevin Cowherd is among many writers questioning the wisdom of this year’s Preakness infield marketing campaign – a half-man, half-horse that urges the legendarily raucous infield crowd to “Be Legendary.”  Cowherd writes: With all due respect to Tom Chuckas and the rest of the (Maryland Jockey Club) officials: What were you guys […]

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