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Q&A: Bill Cole breaks down the deal to build a new Pimlico, keep Preakness in Baltimore

A rendering of plans for a new Pimlico Race Course. Credit: Populous.

Following a tense battle in the Maryland General Assembly and a lawsuit by the city, there’s newfound hope for keeping the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore. Over the weekend, The Sun reported the city and the track’s owners, The Stronach Group, had reached a deal to overhaul the state’s two primary thoroughbred racing tracks, Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park.

Baltimost: The Preakness Stakes

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

The Preakness Stakes

Set aside for a moment all of the recent hand-wringing over the future of the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course.

On the first Saturday in May, there was the Kentucky Derby run in the slop, and the controversial stewards' decision that elevated a 65-1 shot, Country House, to the winner's circle after it was determined the horse that crossed the finish line first, Maximum Security, had interfered with other runners.

Shortly after this shocking reversal, there were indications Country House wouldn't even join the Preakness field. The news became official on the following Tuesday, marking the first time in 23 years a Derby winner had skipped out on pursuing the Triple Crown.

Back to the drama. Overtures by Pimlico's owners, The Stronach Group, made it pretty clear they would like to move all operations to Laurel Park, and the abrupt closure of the oldest grandstand at Pimlico due to structural issues only made matters worse.

There was a very real sense this spring that this would be one of the last times the race was run in Baltimore, and suddenly it lacked any of the excitement of a potential Triple Crown.

Even with all that, people from across the Baltimore region came out in droves--an estimated 131,256, in fact--as they have for more than a century. While Pimlico may not have the spires of Churchill Downs or the mystique of Saratoga--hell, it didn't even have working toilets for much of Preakness day--it remains a sacred place, where legends like Secretariat, Affirmed, American Pharoah and Justify all triumphed on their path to greater glory.

For many others, it's a place where copious amounts of alcohol was consumed without so much as seeing a horse. No matter which camp you fall under, there's something special about the third Saturday in May up on Old Hilltop.

After hearing music from Kygo, Diplo and others thumping from the infield, watching a gutty win by War of Will and seeing a resident on Hayward Avenue using her front yard to host a party for post-race revelers, it was hard to imagine this bacchanalia anywhere but Baltimore.

And now, with the news announced last Saturday that a deal is in place between Stronach and the city, Baltimore is hopefully the place it shall remain.

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Report: Derby winner Country House will skip the Preakness

Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes. Photo by Jay Cannon/Capital News Service.

Country House, the winner of last week’s controversial Kentucky Derby, will skip the Preakness Stakes and not make a bid for the Triple Crown due to illness, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form.

Trainer Bill Mott told the racing publication that Country House is coming down with a cold.

Bourbon War is in for the Preakness Stakes; Maximum Security is out

Bourbon War. Credit: Leslie Martin.

Bourbon War, who fell short of qualifying for the Kentucky Derby, will enter the Triple Crown series at Old Hilltop, the Maryland Jockey Club announced today.

He’s a familiar foe to some of the Derby contenders, finishing second to Derby runner-up Code of Honor in the Fountain of Youth Stakes and fourth behind Maximum Security, Bodexpress and Code of Honor in the Florida Derby.

Logic, Diplo and Kygo to headline Preakness InfieldFest

Logic. Photo courtesy of Def Jam.

Platinum-selling rapper Logic, mega-producer Diplo and Norwegian DJ Kygo will head up the party at this year’s Preakness InfieldFest, the Stronach Group announced today.

What a new Pimlico Race Course could look like

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.

Odesza joins bean-spillers Post Malone and 21 Savage on Preakness InfieldFest bill

Image via Preakness.com

The owners of Pimlico Race Course announced today that rappers Post Malone and 21 Savage and electronic duo Odesza will headline the InfieldFest at this year’s Preakness Stakes.

Officers’ Right to Privacy When Being Recorded in Public



In March of 2010, Anthony Graber was charged with felony violation of the Maryland wiretapping law. Mr. Garber was confronted by a plain-clothes police officer, Joseph David Ulher, for speeding and recklessly driving his motorcycle. Mr. Garber had a video recording device on his helmet, recording his drive. When Mr. Garber was confronted by Officer Ulher, he neglected to tell him that the device on his helmet was recording the interaction.

Preakness Likely to Retire Binge-Drinking Centaur Mascot



I’ve had a problem with Kegasus, the half-human, half-horse Preakness mascot, since his debut in 2011. But it wasn’t his low-brow, irresponsible vibe. It was mostly that despite his punning name, he isn’t a pegasus; he’s a centaur. (Come on, people!)