The Future of Pimlico (and the Preakness) Is in Question

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The Preakness Stakes, one of the three races that makes up horse racing’s Triple Crown, has been held at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course for 140 years. But that might soon change.

You could think of Pimlico as a famous and historic race course. Or you could think of it as just plain old. The facility’s current owner, the Maryland Jockey Club, has said that the Preakness might need to move to a different location because Pimlico might be just too old to renovate. “Pimlico is an embarrassment: decrepit, dysfunctional, devoid of charm or glamour,” a Washington Post columnist wrote last year. Critics suggest that the race move toAnne Arundel County’s Laurel Park, 28 miles away.

But the race also brings an economic benefit to Baltimore–and there’s certainly something to be said about keeping a tradition alive. With that in mind, state officials have commissioned a study to determine just how much it would cost to get Pimlico functioning at an acceptable level. The Sun notes that the study might be a sign that the future of Pimlico might include public-private ownership.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Why not just be honest ? The once beautiful peaceful neighborhood is not desirable. That’s the real reason.

  2. It’s the only legitimate business within miles. Beware of the Maryland Stadium Authority. We must assume that someone has already told them the desired result of their “study”.

  3. Pimlico is 5 minutes away from Sinai Hospital…in case a jockey is injured or a fan needs medical care. Wherever large crowds gather it’s good to have a hospital nearby, especially when many who attend the race are from out of town.

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