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By Mike Klingaman and Kent Baker and mike.klingaman@baltsun.com | March 18, 2010
Charles John (Chick) Lang, the long-time general manager of Pimlico Race Course who transformed the Preakness into a spectacle of nationwide stature, died Thursday at 83. Lang succumbed to what his family said were natural causes at The Pines, a nursing home in Easton. "Chick was Mr. Preakness, a horseman through and through, who loved racing to the very core of his being," said Karen DeFrancis, former co-owner of the Maryland Jockey Club. "We mourn the passing of an extraordinary individual and Maryland racing icon."
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By Sun Staff reports | May 21, 2011
Vengeful Wildcat caught pacesetter Chipshot and took the lead in mid-stretch to win the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes. Under Jockey Carlos Marquez Jr., Vengeful Wildcat prevailed by a neck in the spring for 3-year-olds. A winner of three races in five starts, Vengeful Wildcat is trained by Ben Perkins Jr., and paid $6.40. "He's a pretty honest little sucker," Perkins said. "Carlos fits him well. He knows the horse completely. He broke well and ran well. He's a very tractable horse.
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April 27, 2010
Once again, Baltimore is becoming the scourge of the sporting nation. Mr. Ridgely aptly pointed out yesterday in this paper that the advertising agency handling the Preakness this year has made an utter folly of the race itself. These advertisers would much more readily encourage infield-goers to race on top of the portable potties than attend (and actually watch) the pivotal race of the Triple Crown. I wouldn't be surprised if several of the representatives from the advertising agency have participated in the drunken shuffle in their pasts.
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April 27, 2010
Once again, Baltimore is becoming the scourge of the sporting nation. Mr. Ridgely aptly pointed out yesterday in this paper that the advertising agency handling the Preakness this year has made an utter folly of the race itself. These advertisers would much more readily encourage infield-goers to race on top of the portable potties than attend (and actually watch) the pivotal race of the Triple Crown. I wouldn't be surprised if several of the representatives from the advertising agency have participated in the drunken shuffle in their pasts.
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March 20, 2010
T he Preakness made a change last year that was both bold and overdue: It ended the BYOB infield. It was a long-standing tradition that brought us memorable feats of drunken stupidity, from the running of the port-a-potties to, legend has it, the attempt to punch a horse in the middle of a race. It was a muddy, foul, debauched mess. Beloved by some, decried by others as a rather poor reflection on the city, it was probably a lawsuit waiting to happen. The change was not greeted warmly by infield denizens, and attendance for last year's race was the lowest in 25 years and down by more than a third from the previous year.
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By Sun Staff reports | May 21, 2011
Vengeful Wildcat caught pacesetter Chipshot and took the lead in mid-stretch to win the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes. Under Jockey Carlos Marquez Jr., Vengeful Wildcat prevailed by a neck in the spring for 3-year-olds. A winner of three races in five starts, Vengeful Wildcat is trained by Ben Perkins Jr., and paid $6.40. "He's a pretty honest little sucker," Perkins said. "Carlos fits him well. He knows the horse completely. He broke well and ran well. He's a very tractable horse.
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By Jacques Kelly | May 17, 2008
Chick Lang has a prediction: "I think we're gonna have a Triple Crown winner this year." The longtime general manager of Pimlico Race Course is now 82, retired and living at the Easton Club in Talbot County. He is not planning to be at Pimlico today. "I'm not as busy as I used to be," he said. But then, busy is a relative term. He was the man who brought the infield to Pimlico and coaxed the reluctant owners of the track to promote the infield as a place to spend the day. He relied upon promoters to sell the idea, which was initially pitched to area colleges.
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By Mike Klingaman and Kent Baker and Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2010
Charles John "Chick" Lang, the longtime general manager of Pimlico Race Course who transformed the Preakness into a premier spectacle, died Thursday at 83. Mr. Lang died of what his family said were natural causes at The Pines, a nursing home in Easton. "Chick was Mr. Preakness, a horseman through and through, who loved racing to the very core of his being," said Karen De Francis, former co-owner of the Maryland Jockey Club. "We mourn the passing of an extraordinary individual and Maryland racing icon."
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By From Staff Reports | June 3, 1994
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -- Chick Lang Sr., longtime member && of Pimlico management who is considered the architect of the success of the Preakness, has joined Lone Star Park as senior racing consultant.Lang joined Pimlico in 1960, and by the time he semi-retired in 1987, the Preakness had become one of the world's elite races.
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October 14, 1994
Charles R. Lang, an official of thoroughbred racing, died yesterday of melanoma at the home of his parents in Oxford. He was 47.He was named manager of Retema Park race track in San Antonio in June but resigned in September because of poor health. From 1987 until June, he had been administrative director of Oaklawn Park, a track in Hot Springs, Ark.Since 1971, he had held positions at various tracks, including Pimlico Race Course, had been a jockey's agent and a racing columnist and handicapper for The Evening Sun.Better known as Chick Lang Jr., he was a member of a family that has been involved in horse racing for five generations.
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March 20, 2010
T he Preakness made a change last year that was both bold and overdue: It ended the BYOB infield. It was a long-standing tradition that brought us memorable feats of drunken stupidity, from the running of the port-a-potties to, legend has it, the attempt to punch a horse in the middle of a race. It was a muddy, foul, debauched mess. Beloved by some, decried by others as a rather poor reflection on the city, it was probably a lawsuit waiting to happen. The change was not greeted warmly by infield denizens, and attendance for last year's race was the lowest in 25 years and down by more than a third from the previous year.
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By Mike Klingaman and Kent Baker and Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2010
Charles John "Chick" Lang, the longtime general manager of Pimlico Race Course who transformed the Preakness into a premier spectacle, died Thursday at 83. Mr. Lang died of what his family said were natural causes at The Pines, a nursing home in Easton. "Chick was Mr. Preakness, a horseman through and through, who loved racing to the very core of his being," said Karen De Francis, former co-owner of the Maryland Jockey Club. "We mourn the passing of an extraordinary individual and Maryland racing icon."
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By Mike Klingaman and Kent Baker and mike.klingaman@baltsun.com | March 18, 2010
Charles John (Chick) Lang, the long-time general manager of Pimlico Race Course who transformed the Preakness into a spectacle of nationwide stature, died Thursday at 83. Lang succumbed to what his family said were natural causes at The Pines, a nursing home in Easton. "Chick was Mr. Preakness, a horseman through and through, who loved racing to the very core of his being," said Karen DeFrancis, former co-owner of the Maryland Jockey Club. "We mourn the passing of an extraordinary individual and Maryland racing icon."
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By Jacques Kelly | May 17, 2008
Chick Lang has a prediction: "I think we're gonna have a Triple Crown winner this year." The longtime general manager of Pimlico Race Course is now 82, retired and living at the Easton Club in Talbot County. He is not planning to be at Pimlico today. "I'm not as busy as I used to be," he said. But then, busy is a relative term. He was the man who brought the infield to Pimlico and coaxed the reluctant owners of the track to promote the infield as a place to spend the day. He relied upon promoters to sell the idea, which was initially pitched to area colleges.
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By From Staff Reports | June 3, 1994
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -- Chick Lang Sr., longtime member && of Pimlico management who is considered the architect of the success of the Preakness, has joined Lone Star Park as senior racing consultant.Lang joined Pimlico in 1960, and by the time he semi-retired in 1987, the Preakness had become one of the world's elite races.
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By Baltimore Sun staff | April 16, 2010
Day of Rivals M&T Bank Stadium hosts a lacrosse doubleheader Saturday when Navy faces Army at 4 p.m. and No. 5 Maryland takes on No. 15 Johns Hopkins at 6:30 p.m. Pimlico spring meet begins Opening Day at Pimlico on Saturday includes a pre-race ceremony honoring former general manager Chick Lang, who died last month, the $70,000 Henry Clark Stakes and a concert between the fifth and sixth races featuring country music singer...
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By Sports Digest | March 20, 2010
The Maryland Jockey Club announced that it will rename the Hirsch Jacobs Stakes in honor of longtime Pimlico Race Course general manager Charles John "Chick" Lang , who died Thursday at 83 of natural causes. The Grade III sprint will be run on Preakness Day, May 15. Laurel Park: Hagerstown native Rick Dutrow 's Dont Blame the Cat is the 6-5 favorite in today's $70,000 Private Terms Stakes for 3-year-olds. The rest of the field is Plantation (3-1), Regal Warrior (5-1)
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