But the remainder of the season isn’t going to play itself, and the marketing department at the B&O Warehouse is doing its best to get butts in the seats.
To that end, the team today announced two additional promo nights for the second half of the season, one celebrating Netflix’s ’80s sci-fi series “Stranger Things” and another for professional wrasslin’.
Third baseman Manny Machado returned to Oriole Park at Camden Yards for the first time since his mid-season departure last year, and Orioles fans welcomed back the All-Star with a long standing ovation before his first at-bat.
After briefly standing in the batter’s box, Machado stepped out and acknowledged the cheers with two waves and a salute to the fans.
For the first time in three years, the final two rounds of The Basketball Tournament won’t be held in Baltimore City. But a team of alumni from the now-famous University of Maryland, Baltimore County men’s basketball program will be making a comeback.
Nearly three months after taking the owners of Pimlico Race Course to court over the 149-year-old track’s deterioration, as well as their plans to move the second jewel of the Triple Crown to Laurel Park, the city has withdrawn its lawsuit against the Ontario-based Stronach Group and its subsidiary, the Maryland Jockey Club.
The Preakness is much more than two minutes of tension and energy. It’s stable hands bathing horses in the morning light, fans in big hats and the ritual awarding of a silver vase. By stripping the event of color, I hope the black and white forces viewers to concentrate on the subjects of the most important two minutes in Baltimore sports.
While the lack of a Kentucky Derby winner may have tamped down interest in the Preakness Stakes for casual fans, bettors saw a wide-open race and wagered a record sum.
The Preakness card took in a record betting handle of $99.85 million, the Maryland Jockey Club announced. Per Daily Racing Form reporter Jim Dunleavy, $54,463,335 of that total was bet on the Preakness alone.
The office smells like cigar smoke and horse. It’s not his cigar, though; the quality stogie belongs to a swell outside on a break from placing bets.
Gary Yamin doesn’t smoke. He sits behind a small desk with maps on the wall and maps in front of him and an icon of the Virgin Mary tacked to a bulletin board for prayers and luck. Yamin is Pimlico’s track detective, and he’s getting ready for the biggest, longest two days on the local racing calendar.
He’s a police vet, hitting the beat with the Baltimore Police Department for his 20 years, and a local. Parents are from Park Heights, the area he patrolled as a cop and his base at the track during the racing season.
The Stronach Group today filed a motion in circuit court to dismiss the city’s lawsuit seeking control over Pimlico Race Course and the Preakness Stakes, arguing the state has exclusive jurisdiction over horse racing.
Both thoroughbred and harness racing operations, as well as off-track betting, are overseen by the Maryland Racing Commission, part of the Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation.