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It’s Official: Preakness To Be Run Oct. 3 At Pimlico

1/ST chairman and president Belinda Stronach together with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Saturday that Preakness 145 will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. The announcement was made during NBC Sports’ nationally televised broadcast, The Middle Jewel: American Pharoah’s Run to the Triple Crown.  The Preakness […]

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1/ST Preakness At Home: Livestream Event To Include Full-Scale Drive-In Concert

The spirit of the legendary Preakness Stakes will be celebrated in unique fashion this year with the 1/ST Preakness At Home livestream event featuring a look back at the fun, festivities and world-class Thoroughbred racing of Preakness past. The one-hour show, hosted by NBC Sports’ Laffit Pincay III and XBTV’s Zoe Cadman, will air on […]

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New Date For Preakness To Be Announced During NBC Telecast Replaying Pharoah’s Rainy Run in 2015

With the 145th Preakness Stakes postponed, NBC Sports presents a special show on NBC at 5 p.m. ET this Saturday, May 16 – the original date for the race – headlined by American Pharoah’s memorable Preakness Stakes win five years ago. The one-hour special The Middle Jewel: American Pharoah’s Run to the Triple Crown will […]

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Maryland Governor Allows $375 Million Racetrack Renovation Bill To Become Law

The Racing and Community Development Act of 2020, which will protect the long-term future of horse racing in Maryland through the rebuilding of Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park into state-of-the art facilities, was one of many bills Gov. Larry Hogan allowed to become law without his signature on Thursday, May 7. The legislation, which […]

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Santa Anita Hoping On-Site ‘Jockey Colony,’ Other COVID-19 Protocols Will Lead To Racing Resumption

Santa Anita Park officials are hoping to get word early this week from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the county’s Department of Public of Health on whether racing can resume at the Arcadia, Calif., track. Belinda Stronach, whose family’s company owns Santa Anita, and Aidan Butler, the executive director of California Racing […]

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Stronach Makes Plea For L.A. Racing To Return Without Fans

Editor’s note: The following open letter from Belinda Stronach, chairman and president of The Stronach Group, was distributed to racing media and was also run in the Los Angeles Times this week. On March 12, a full week before any stay-at-home orders were issued, Santa Anita Park voluntarily closed to the public for the protection […]

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Stronach: Without Live Racing, Welfare Of Horses And Backstretch Workers Are At Risk

Editor’s note: The following open letter from Belinda Stronach, chairman and president of The Stronach Group, was distributed to racing media and was also run in the Los Angeles Times this week. The COVID-19 crisis has presented the United States and the world with an unprecedented challenge, one that requires personal sacrifice, a shift in […]

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Ritvo Steps Down As Stronach Group COO; ‘No Immediate Plans’ To Replace Him

The Stronach Group announced today that Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer, will step away from the company effective March 2, 2020 to pursue new opportunities. Ritvo has held several roles in his tenure with the company moving from General Manager of Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida to become the company’s Chief Operating Officer. “I want to thank Tim for his 24/7, […]

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‘Transformational Plan’ For Preakness, Maryland Horse Racing Introduced By Lawmakers

Legislation to rebuild Pimlico and Laurel Park was introduced by Maryland lawmakers on Monday, with Senate President Bill Ferguson telling the Baltimore Sun he is “confident” the measure that would effectively keep the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore will pass this year. According to published reports, the bill, sponsored by Sen. Guy Guzzone, chairman of the […]

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