Preakness InfieldFest canceled, new date for race still being determined

The crowd gets hyped up for a musical performance at the 2019 Preakness InfieldFest. Photo courtesy of Stephen Bondio.

With the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it’s still not known when the Preakness Stakes will run at Pimlico Race Course. But there will officially be no InfieldFest this year, the Stronach Group announced today.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced today the Maryland National Guard is going to build a drive-thru testing site on the racetrack’s parking lot. The site will also provide other health resources during the city’s response to COVID-19.

Rapper DaBaby and EDM artist Marshmello were two of the headliners scheduled to perform at the concert, which draws thousands to the track’s infield during the running of the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

O’s launch educational websites to help kids learn at home during the pandemic

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With thousands of kids around the Baltimore region forced to learn at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Orioles are launching two websites to help young baseball fans learn math, vocabulary and much more.

With no start to baseball in sight, Camden Yards workers ask O’s for relief

Oriole Park at Camden Yards during a July 16 game against the Washington Nationals. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

On what should have been Opening Day for Major League Baseball, baseball players are all at home and fans are watching replays of their favorite team’s classic games as part of #OpeningDayAtHome.

Earlier this month, MLB suspended the start of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic, joining every major sports league in either delaying or cancelling games and tournaments.

For Orioles fans, that means the absence of a rite of spring and summer: taking in a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards or following along at home on TV or the radio. But for the workers who staff the stadium–pouring beers or selling food–the lack of baseball means a loss of critical wages.

Maryland Jockey Club reverses course, suspends live racing amid pandemic

St. Paddy’s Day 2015 at Laurel Park

One day after Gov. Larry Hogan issued an executive order limiting gatherings to 10 people, the Maryland Jockey Club reversed course on its plan to hold racing today, Saturday and Sunday without spectators.

Horse racing in Maryland will go on this weekend after all

St. Paddy’s Day 2015 at Laurel Park

Despite a prior executive order that closed Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course and Rosecroft Raceway, horse racing will go on as planned this weekend, with one industry representative telling Baltimore Fishbowl that running races without crowds is in compliance with the rule.

Alan Foreman, a local attorney and the chairman and CEO of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, said conducting races is an extension of training activities that were permitted by the state under the order.

Pimlico bill passes General Assembly, advances to Hogan’s desk

The new Pimlico Race Course on race day. Credit: Populous.

The Maryland General Assembly on Wednesday passed the final version of a bill authorizing $375 million in bonds to build new racetracks at both Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park, ensuring the Preakness will remain in Baltimore and bolstering the state’s horse racing industry for decades to come.

Maryland Jockey Club weighs options for Preakness; Hogan in talks to delay until September like the Derby

War of Will wins the 2019 Preakness Stakes. Image courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club.

Following the news Churchill Downs is moving the Kentucky Derby to September due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Maryland Jockey Club said today it is still weighing its options for the Preakness, historically the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

Horse racing will continue on without fans; Stronach clarifies policy on indicted trainers

St. Paddy’s Day 2015 at Laurel Park

While most professional sports leagues have either suspended their seasons or cancelled games and tournaments due to the threat of coronavirus, horse racing is continuing on in Maryland–albeit without fans able to attend at the track.

Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini had malignant tumor removed, team says

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Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini, who last week left spring training for a “non-baseball” medical procedure, had surgery today to remove a malignant tumor from his colon today, the team announced.

The tumor was discovered during a colonoscopy last week. Test results from the tumor and a timetable for Mancini’s recovery will not be known until next week, the team said.

Stronach Group scratches horses, refuses future entries from indicted trainers

Pimlico Race Course on Preakness day. Photo by World Red Eye.

The Stronach Group, owners of Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park, announced today it will scratch all horses and refuse future entries from two trainers indicted by federal prosecutors, Jason Servis and Jorge Navarro, citing the health and safety of the animals.