Pimlico

Pugh, SRB, O’Malley, Schmoke urge Legislative Black Caucus to fight for Pimlico

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From left: Martin O’Malley, Mayor Catherine Pugh, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Kurt Schmoke testify before the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland. Still via live stream from Sen. Antonio Hayes/Facebook.

In a historic scene, four of Baltimore’s last five mayors gathered Thursday morning in Annapolis to urge a coalition of black legislators to join them in solidarity to help keep the Preakness in the city.

What a new Pimlico Race Course could look like

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Image via the Maryland Stadium Authority.

The dirt oval where Seabiscuit and War Admiral faced off head-to-head would be gone, torn up and relegated to history, as would the creaky grandstands and clubhouse where fans cheered on greats like Secretariat, American Pharoah and Justify, all eventual Triple Crown winners.

Under a new $424 million plan put forth in a report by the Maryland Stadium Authority, Pimlico Race Course would remain up on Old Hilltop, but everything would be razed and a new multi-use complex would be built on the 110-acre parcel. The new track, 15/16 miles in length on the dirt, would be rotated 35 degrees clockwise, and there are plans for an all new state-of-the-art clubhouse for the massive crowds that turn out for the Preakness Stakes.

Meeting On The Future Of Pimlico Race Course Draws Large Crowd

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By Bill Ordine

When 150 folks or so showed up at a standing-room-only meeting regarding the future of Pimlico Race Course April 10, they heard some words of optimism that the aging race track might be replaced by a 21st century facility in the coming years, but few specifics.

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