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November 8, 2010
Shame on the Maryland Jockey Club! After years of letting the tracks degrade, constantly asking for state help, waiting for slots to redeem their poor management, now that slots will not be at Laurel Park, they are threatening to destroy live racing in Maryland. If they do not want to continue the great tradition of Maryland thoroughbred racing, they should bow out and let David Cordish run the tracks. The thoroughbred industry does not consist only of the racetracks, owners, breeders and trainers but also of grooms, hotwalkers, veterinarians, blacksmiths, hay, feed and tack businesses, not to mention the farms themselves.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Tickets for the 2015 Preakness went on sale Wednesday morning, the Maryland Jockey Club announced. Renewal invoices were sent out with a deadline of Jan. 16. The 140 th running of the Preakness Stakes is set for May 16 at Pimlico Race Course. Preakness InfieldFest includes national music acts, the MUG Club and other events between the 13 horse races, headlined by the Triple Crown Preakness Stakes race. There will be tiers of pricing, based on calendar days, for Infield and MUG Club tickets.
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The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2012
The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled a new logo Wednesday for Laurel Park Race Course. "The abstract horse represents the future of racing-respecting where we have been and looking forward to where we are going," Maryland Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas said. In addition to replacing the old logo, which the Maryland Jockey Club said was designed almost 20 years ago, they announced changes to the 2012 fall meeting at the racetrack. Two additional Maryland-bred stakes -- the Geisha Stakes (Nov.
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Sports Digest | September 13, 2014
Et cetera Apprentice rider Ritvo wins at Laurel Park in his first race in Maryland Apprentice rider Michael Ritvo guided Winter Lady to victory in the eighth race at Laurel Park on Friday on his first Maryland mount. Ritvo, 20, who moved his tack from Gulfstream Park to the Mid-Atlantic last week, kept Winter Lady in close contention along the rail in the 6-furlong $45,000 optional allowance test for fillies and mares before slipping past front-runner Who Needs on the turn and turning back Proud to be Wild in the stretch to win by four lengths in 1 minute, 10.33 seconds.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2012
The Maryland Jockey Club, the financially strapped operator of the state's major thoroughbred racetracks, substantially cut its losses last year thanks to state slots subsidies but still falls short of becoming financially stable. Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore lost a combined $5.3 million in 2011, according to financial statements submitted to the Maryland Racing Commission. That's down from a $20 million loss in 2010. Overall, revenue for the two tracks increased slightly to $67.9 million last year, from $66.9 million in 2010.
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By Hanah Cho and Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | November 3, 2010
Maryland's horse racing interests have warned for years that the industry's long tradition would come to an end without the legalization of slot machine gambling in the state. They just never imagined the slots casino would rise in the parking lot of Arundel Mills mall — instead of at the thoroughbred tracks. But that is exactly what is planned after Anne Arundel County voters passed a ballot measure Tuesday approving the mall casino 10 miles from the Laurel Park racetrack. The Maryland Jockey Club, the operator of Laurel Park and Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course , spent millions of dollars in a failed effort to defeat the ballot question.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2011
The co-owners of Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course have ended their tumultuous one-year partnership, leaving Maryland's thoroughbred racetrack operator with a single owner. Penn National Gaming said Thursday it had agreed to sell its minority stake in the Maryland Jockey Club to horse owner and breeder Frank Stronach. The breakup comes as the struggling racing industry works on a long-term plan to secure the future of a sport that has seen attendance and betting decline for at least a decade, especially as neighboring states opened casinos years before Maryland.
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The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
The purse for the 2014 Preakness has increased from $1 million to $1.5 million, the Maryland Jockey Club announced today. It's the first increase of the Triple Crown race's purse since 1998. The second jewel of the Triple Crown will be run next year on May 17 at Pimlico Race Course. “The Preakness Stakes is the centerpiece of a terrific stakes program that weekend,” Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas said in a statement. “Seventeen of the twenty-six races on Preakness and Black-Eyed Susan days are stakes.
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Sports Digest | September 4, 2014
Et cetera Racing at Laurel resumes Friday; 'Love' heavy favorite Live racing returns to the major Maryland tracks for the first-time since early June as the 65-day Laurel Park fall meeting begins Friday. Admission and programs are free on opening day. First post is at 1:10 p.m. The nine-race card features four $42,000 allowance races on the turf course. A fifth grass race of the day is headlined by Drunken Love, who looks to go 6-for-6 on the Laurel Park turf in the finale.
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Sports Digest | August 12, 2014
The Maryland Jockey Club on Tuesday announced the addition of 10 more stakes to the Laurel Park fall schedule. The Maryland Horse Breeders Association has inserted five Maryland-bred and/or Maryland-sired races into the mix: the All Brandy Stakes (Sept. 6), Jameela Stakes (Sept.27), Jennings Handicap (Dec. 6), Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship (Dec. 26) and Maryland Juvenile Futurity (Dec. 27). Each will be contested with $125,000 for Maryland-bred and sired runners and $100,000 for Maryland-bred horses.
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Aaron Dodson and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
On Monday, the Maryland Jockey Club unveiled the logo for next year's Preakness, the 140th running of the middle jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown. For the 16th straight year, the Leffler Agency designed the logo, according to a news release. "Creating the 140th Preakness logo was its usual challenge in terms of building flexibility for everything from embroidered merchandise and painting on grass to use on HD television," Leffler Agency chief executive officer Heather Connellee said in the release.
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By Don Markus, Aaron Dodson and Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
Tom Chuckas , president and chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club, said Saturday that he would like to see horse racing's Triple Crown events played out over two months, not five weeks. Speaking to reporters at Pimlico Race Course three hours before post time for the 139th Preakness, Chuckas reiterated his position that a longer recovery period for horses would better benefit them and business in general. "Look, I'm not anti-tradition. I have great respect for tradition.
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David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
After winning the 139th Preakness on Saturday, California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn went out of his way to praise the hospitality he received while in Baltimore this week. But he also made some pointed remarks about the way his group was treated two weeks earlier at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby. While he wouldn't go into great detail, he said the treatment there factored in his co-owner Perry Martin's decision not to attend the Preakness. “The hospitality we received at Churchill Downs wasn't very good, and Perry Martin, he decided that he and his family were going to watch the race some [other]
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
The story has been told so many times it's taken on a life of its own: Black-eyed Susans don't bloom in time for the Preakness, so the winning horse is instead draped with a blanket of yellow daisies whose centers have been painted so they look like Maryland's state flower. The New York Times and NBC are just two of the media outlets that have repeated the tale. It's in the Preakness media guide every year, including this year. Trouble is, no flowers are actually being painted - and they haven't been for maybe 15 years.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
Ticket sales for Saturday's 139th Preakness are running ahead of last year, as the event's past success and star power of featured musical acts allow organizers to curtail advertising. With the spotlight on the Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome and musical headliner Lorde, Maryland Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas said Monday that most seats outside the Pimlico Race Course infield are sold out, as they were last year at this time. He said sales are running about 2 percent higher than last year, when Orb, a horse with Maryland connections, won the Derby and was headed to the Preakness.
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