Pimlico management has spent about $300,000 renovating certain sections of its plant in time for today's opener.
But much of the work will probably go unnoticed by fans, track general manager Jim Mango said yesterday.
"Unfortunately, much of the work has been structural rehabilitation to the lower grandstand and major asphalting to the Lasix barn, things that aren't that noticeable to the fans," Mango said.
Fans should notice some remodeled areas in the grandstand, including expanded facilities for the racing secretary's office, a new barber shop and a new "Fast Money" banking center.
The 71-day meet runs through June 30 and features the 117th running of the Preakness on May 16.
The opening day feature is the Politely Stakes for Maryland-bred 3-year-old fillies. Accomplished stakes winners Jazzy One and Land Running face undefeated newcomer Darinka in the six-furlong stakes.
In all there are 27 stakes carded with a $3.4 million value. They include the Pimlico Special, May 9; the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, May 15; and the new Pimlico Distaff on June 20.
Mango said a new mutuel building will be built in the infield for Preakness Day. It will face the turf course near the tunnel. A media complex for television and radio stations, which broadcast live from the Preakness infield, also is planned, he said.
B6 The daily post time is 1 p.m., including weekends.