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‘Next Logical Step’: Proposed Bill Would Launch Yet More Research Into Pimlico’s Future

After one study put a $424 million pricetag on renovating Pimlico Race Course, a proposed bill in Maryland would create another research project to decide who should pay the bill. Senate Bill 800 would create a workgroup to make recommendations to Maryland’s General Assembly on financing by Dec. 1. The workgroup would be comprised of […]

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Laurel Scraps Sunday Card Due to Snowstorm; Open For Simulcasting

Severe winter weather conditions have forced the Maryland Jockey Club to cancel its live eight-race program Sunday at Laurel Park. Snow began falling late Saturday afternoon and continued overnight, and a winter storm warning remained in effect through 6 p.m. Sunday, with total accumulations of six to 10 inches expected. Both Laurel and legendary Pimlico […]

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‘It Means The Whole World To Me’: Eclipse Contender Hamilton Continues Family Tradition

There’s a strong tradition, both in his family and on his circuit, which preceded Weston Hamilton when he began riding professionally last December – one the newly minted journeyman is poised to continue. Hamilton, who turned 20 Nov. 19, rode for the last time as an apprentice Dec. 21, winning two of his five mounts […]

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Trainers: If Pimlico Closes For Training, We May Have To Leave Maryland

After a report was released last week indicating it would take $424 million to rebuild Pimlico Race Course, trainers stabled there spoke to The Racing Biz about the practical considerations of having to face a future without racing at the historic facility. While some wondered how Laurel Park could sustain turf racing for the majority […]

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Maryland Jockey Club To Offer 65 Stakes, $9.2 Million Through October 2019

Starting on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, and leading up to the 34th edition of the Jim McKay Maryland Million in mid-October, the Maryland Jockey Club will offer 65 stakes, 13 graded, worth $9.2 million in purses through the first two-thirds of the 2019 calendar. Highlighting the year’s stakes action is the 144th running of the $1.5 […]

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Study Projects $424 Million Price Tag To Keep Preakness At Pimlico

Phase 2 of a study by the Maryland Stadium Authority has concluded it will cost $424 million to rebuild Pimlico Race Course in order to keep the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore. The study, released on Thursday, did not spell out where the money to rebuild the aging racetrack would come from, although Baltimore Mayor Catherine […]

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Golden Gate’s El Camino Real Derby Winner To Get Free Berth In Preakness

For the first time ever, the El Camino Real Derby, Golden Gate Fields’ premier race for 3-year-olds and to be run on Feb. 16, will provide the winner with an automatic, all expenses paid berth in the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, the Grade I, $1.5 million Preakness Stakes on May 18 at Pimlico […]

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Maryland Racing Secretary Merz Focusing On Filling Stalls, Advancing Stakes Schedule

The fact that winter racing is fast approaching hit Chris Merz hard Thursday morning. Merz, a native of San Diego who became the Maryland Jockey Club’s racing secretary in July, woke up to an inch of snow and a winter storm warning. “Waking up and seeing snow? Never. Never seen that before,” Merz said. “It […]

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‘We Believe In The Future Of Horse Racing’: Belinda Stronach Outlines Plans For Company’s Assets

While the lawsuit filed Oct. 1 by Frank and Elfriede Stronach against their daughter Belinda over her management of the family’s privately held business and various trusts plays out in Ontario Superior Court in Canada, Belinda Stronach and the management team she has assembled at The Stronach Group are moving forward with strategic, long-range plans […]

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‘An Unforgettable Weekend’: 2019 Preakness Tickets Now On Sale

The Stronach Group, owners of the legendary Pimlico Race Course, announced Thursday that facility and Preakness Village tickets to the 144th Preakness Stakes are on sale. The Preakness Stakes (G1), the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, will be held on Saturday, May 18th, 2019 at Pimlico Race Course, in Baltimore, Maryland. The 95th Black-Eyed […]

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