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Pimlico Seating Exchanges: Officials Urge Patience Through ‘Extreme Volume Of Calls’

The Maryland Jockey Club was forced to close a section of the grandstand at Pimlico Racecourse due to unsafe conditions, and approximately 3,100 ticket-holders from that section are in need of seating exchanges ahead of the Preakness Stakes. According to the Baltimore Sun, 1,900 of those ticket-holders have been assisted already. “We are currently experiencing an […]

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Las Setas Scores Black Eyed Susan Berth In Weber City Miss

Robert Manfuso, Wayne Harrison and trainer Katherine Voss’ Las Setas won a free entry into the $300,000 Black Eyed Susan (G2) with her victory in Saturday’s $125,000 Weber City Miss at Laurel Park, but the daughter of Seville had to earn it. The Weber City Miss, an about 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-old fillies, was […]

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Alwaysmining Impresses With Double-Digit Victory In Federico Tesio

Impressive as he had been in putting together a five-race win streak, four of them in stakes, Runnymede Racing’s Alwaysmining took it to another level with an 11 ½-length romp in Saturday’s $125,000 Xpressbet Federico Tesio at Laurel Park, punching his ticket to the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1). The 38th running of the Tesio for […]

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Pimlico Officials Close Oldest Section Of Grandstand A Month Before Preakness

Officials at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course announced the closure of the oldest part of the track’s grandstand just over one month before thousands will arrive for the 144th Preakness Stakes, reports the Baltimore Sun. The section held 6,670 seats or 17.5 percent of the facility’s capacity, but an engineering firm determined that it is “no longer […]

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Alwaysmining ‘Impressed’ Trainer In Breeze For Federico Tesio

Runnymede Racing’s multiple stakes winner Alwaysmining turned in a sharp five-furlong breeze Saturday morning ahead of his next scheduled assignment in the $125,000 Federico Tesio Stakes April 20 at Laurel Park. With regular exercise rider Felix Astudillo aboard and owners Greg and Caroline Bentley watching from the clockers’ tower, Alwaysmining went in 1:00 over the […]

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Legislators Offer Compromise On Maryland Racetrack Funding Bill

A compromise breathed new life into Maryland legislation that would permit The Stronach Group to use state bonds to fund $120 million in improvements to Laurel Park and the Bowie training center, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun. The plan, advanced in the Maryland Senate on Friday for a vote on Monday – […]

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Report: Maryland Legislation To Fund Racetrack Improvements Stalled

With Maryland’s General Assembly set to adjourn on Monday, legislation that would fund improvements at two Stronach Group-owned facilities – Laurel Park racetrack and the Bowie training center – are unlikely to pass, according to the independent news website Maryland Matters. The legislation, which would permit the Maryland Economic Development Corporation to float bonds repayable […]

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Hoffa’s Union, Two Other Contestants In Wood Memorial, Among Late Triple Crown Nominations

Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable, Christopher Dunn, Rose Petal Stable and Foard Wilgis’ recent private purchase Hoffa’s Union, a 15 ½-length maiden winner at Laurel and entrant in Saturday’s $750,000 Wood Memorial (Grade II) tops a group of four Thoroughbreds that were made eligible to compete in the 2019 Triple Crown with a late $6,000 payment […]

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Multiple Stakes Winner Alwaysmining Will Target Preakness, Not Derby

Runnymede Racing’s Alwaysmining has won his last five races at Laurel Park, leading his connections to consider racing the 3-year-old son of Stay Thirsty in a prep race for the Kentucky Derby. According to horseracingnation.com, Alwaysmining will instead be aimed to the Federico Tesio Stakes, which offers a “Win and You’re In” berth to the […]

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What Would Baltimore Ownership Of Pimlico Look Like?

The battle between the City of Baltimore and The Stronach Group over the future of the Preakness and Pimlico got a little more heated this week when the city filed suit to take over ownership of the track and of the second jewel of the Triple Crown. Frank Vespe at The Racing Biz questioned what […]

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