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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | August 24, 1995
If racetrack management has its way, next month's Pimlico meet could be the last live thoroughbred racing staged in Baltimore during the late summer and early fall.It might be called retro-racing -- going back to the 1960s and '70s, when there was limited summer racing in Maryland and the live action was at Delaware Park. However, problems in the state's racing industry are driving this proposed move.But to eliminate dates at Pimlico would require legislative approval, and it would open the possibility that Maryland stables will ship elsewhere to run for the entire summer.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2014
First, the party. Now, the cleanup. Pimlico Race Course , the scene Saturday of the largest crowd in Preakness history, remained a hive of activity Sunday, with hundreds of workers breaking down tents, cleaning up the infield and hauling away trash by the truckload. "It looks like a bomb that went off," Packy Hart, the facilities director at Pimlico, said after surveying the grounds Sunday morning. "It's going to take two or three days to get it manageable. " The cleanup began Saturday night, after California Chrome won the second leg of racing's Triple Crown and an announced 123,469 revelers filed out. Hundreds of workers labored through the night, under spotlights, making the first sweep in a job that will continue through the week.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2010
With the Maryland thoroughbred industry as close as ever to demise, Gov. Martin O'Malley on Wednesday brokered a last-minute deal that guarantees live racing next year at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course and ensures the storied Preakness Stakes will continue here. Owners of the state's two major thoroughbred tracks and industry representatives for horse owners, breeders and trainers agreed to a framework that would allow the tracks to at least break even financially and run races on 146 days in 2011, the same as this year's schedule.
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From Sun staff reports | April 4, 2014
Jockey Julian Pimentel rode a pair of winners on the opening day card of the Pimlico Race Course spring meeting Thursday. The 34-year-old, who has been a top-five state rider since arriving from New Jersey in 2006, placed first with He's Achance and Glich in front of an announced crowd of 3,283. The 35-day spring meeting will feature live racing on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule through June 7, including its signature race, the 139th Preakness on May 17. Saturday's 10-race card will feature three stakes races: the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes for 3-year-olds and up on the turf, the $75,000 Twixt Stakes for 3-year-old Maryland-bred fillies and the $100,000 Dahlia Stakes for fillies and mares on the grass.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2010
On the eve of the Maryland Racing Commission's last scheduled meeting of the year, the owners of the state's two major thoroughbred tracks and horse-racing industry representatives were trying to hammer out a last-minute deal to ensure live meets can be run next year. The owners of Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course have offered to maintain 146 days of live racing at the two tracks next year - the same number as this year - but with major caveats, said John Franzone, a longtime member of the Maryland Racing Commission.
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By From Staff Reports | January 21, 1994
Laurel Race Course is to resume full-card, commingled simulcast wagering today, and live racing is expected to return Sunday. Tomorrow's live program was canceled because of track conditions after yesterday's snow and continued cold temperatures.Rosecroft Raceway and Charles Town canceled today's card. Penn National will have live racing today.Simulcast wagering, which will consist of several thoroughbred tracks, including Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park and Philadelphia Park, will be offered at Laurel and Pimlico race courses and the state's off-track betting facilities.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | January 25, 1994
Live racing is set to resume at Laurel Race Course today after a string of eight weather-related cancellations.Track superintendent John Passero met with representatives of the Jockeys' Guild about 12:30 p.m. yesterday. "They took a walk around the track, checked it out and then John informed me that it's a go for today," said Laurel/Pimlico general manager John E. Mooney. "I'm sure with all the melting, they will take another look at it [this morning], but I don't foresee any problems."Lenny Hale, vice president of racing, said horses trained at Laurel and Pimlico yesterday, but not at Bowie.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2010
State officials and the horse-racing industry vowed on Tuesday to try to salvage live thoroughbred racing in Maryland next year, though it remains unclear if the various stakeholders can come together to forge a viable plan. With just five weeks before the 2011 horse-racing season begins, there is no schedule in place. The industry was put in limbo on Monday when the state racing commission rejected a proposal to cut the racing season at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course by two-thirds.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | February 17, 1995
The much-publicized demise of the Charles Town, W.Va., racetrack lasted less than three months.Management of the half-mile oval, about 90 minutes west of Baltimore, announced yesterday that it plans to offer an expanded multi-card simulcasting program six days a week starting Feb. 24 and will resume live racing on March 10.The track held its last live races Dec. 11 and closed in late December for simulcasting, purportedly because it was losing too much...
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | January 19, 1994
Horsemen who looked out over the tracks at Laurel, Pimlico and Bowie race courses yesterday saw essentially what they saw on their driveways at home -- a sheet of ice.As a result, Laurel management suspended live racing until Saturday. No entries were taken for tomorrow and Friday.If course superintendant John Passero and his crews do get the tracks up and running by this weekend, it still means that a week of live racing has been lost. Laurel did not run last weekend because of frigid temperatures or on Monday, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and yesterday because of snow and ice.Horsemen have lost roughly $750,000 in purses.
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Sports Digest | April 2, 2014
Boxing Chaney to be inducted into International Boxing Hall Former Baltimore boxer George "K.O. " Chaney will be inducted as an old-timer into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on June 8 in Canastota, N.Y. Chaney, who was born here in 1892, had a 137-38-4 record with 78 knockouts during a career as a featherweight and lightweight that lasted from 1910 to 1926. The left-hander was ranked by Boxing Illustrated in 1993 as the fourth-hardest puncher pound-for-pound in history.
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Sports Digest | February 18, 2014
Bandbox and Ilikecandy won their respective races Monday at Laurel Park. Bandbox took the $250,000 General George Handicap (G3), giving the horse its first win in nearly three years. Under Xavier Perez , Bandbox, who is trained by Rodney Jenkins , completed the 7-furlong distance in 1:24.18 and won by four lengths. Monday's 10-race card was the first since last Wednesday. A powerful storm dumped 17 inches of snow and nearly an inch of ice at the Central Maryland track last week which caused Laurel officials to cancel live racing last week.
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Sports Digest | February 16, 2014
Running Centrowitz withdraws from Wanamaker Mile World silver medalist Matthew Centrowitz , a Broadneck alumnus, withdrew from the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games on Saturday in New York because of an upper respiratory problem. U.S. champion Will Leer put on a brilliant closing kick to overtake Lawi Lalang and Nick Willis and win the featured race in a season-leading time of 3 minutes, 52.47 seconds. Boxing Taylor loses Friday in N.Y. by unanimous decision Emanuel "The Tranzformer" Taylor lost by unanimous decision to undefeated Chris Algieri on Friday in a nationally televised 10-round bout in Huntington, N.Y. Taylor, of Edgewood, trains at Charm City Boxing in White Marsh.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2014
Scheduled horse racing at Laurel Park was canceled Saturday for the third day in a row because of inclement weather, Maryland Racing officials said. The $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap and $100,000 John Campbell Handicap have been rescheduled for next Saturday, Feb. 22. Live racing is also scheduled to start again Monday at 12:35 p.m. That 10-race card will feature the $250,000 General George Handicap and the $100,000 Maryland Racing Media Stakes. Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course will be open for simulcasting on Saturday, however.
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From Sun staff reports | February 14, 2014
Because of the significant snow that hit the Baltimore and Washington markets Thursday, live racing at Laurel Park has been canceled for today. This is the track's fourth cancellation of the year and second in two days. Live racing is scheduled to resume Saturday with a 12:35 p.m. post time. The 10-race card features the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (Grade 2) and the $100,000 John B. Campbell Stakes. The Laurel Park racing office will take entries Friday for Monday's Presidents Day card, which is headlined by the $250,000 General George Handicap (Grade 3)
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From Sun staff reports | January 19, 2014
King Leatherbury tied and passed Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg for fourth on the all-time win list with a pair of victories Saturday at Laurel Park. Leatherbury got win No. 6,417 when Toni With an I ($11.20) emerged victorious in the fourth. Three races later, Princess Appeal ($7.60) got up in the final jumps to allow the 80-year-old conditioner to move into sole possession of the spot with career victory No. 6,418. Apprentice Trevor McCarthy rode both winners. "It is great," Leatherbury said.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | July 2, 1995
Less live racing.It's in the cards for Maryland's thoroughbred horsemen, who have been accustomed for the past 20 years to running on ayear-round circuit with a program of nine or more live races at least five days a week.But that's no longer the case in this era of multiple-signal simulcasting. It's a development that's been predicted ever since the widespread betting on televised races from out-of-state tracks, coupled with a horse and owner shortage, began to evolve a few years ago.Horsemen recently received an inkling of what's in store when live races were cut from 47 to 45 a week.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | September 9, 2004
Live racing returns to Pimlico Race Course for the five-week summer/fall stand today with a 1:10 p.m. post time. Racing will be conducted on a Thursday through Sunday schedule except for the final week, when cards will be presented on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Columbus Day). Opening day will feature free admission, a complimentary live racing program and $1 selected food and beverage items at concessions. The meet features 16 stakes races, with three $150,000 added money tests: John Schapiro (Sept.
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