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November 5, 2010
After carefully reading your front page story about slots in relation to Tuesday's election ("Maryland Jockey Club to curtail operations," Nov. 3), it would seem that one solution that would solve many of the problems of Baltimore City, the Maryland Jockey Club, the state of Maryland and the average citizen would be to reconsider slots at Pimlico Race Course . I know the residents of the area raised a mild protest, which sent all politicians and state and local officials scampering away from the idea.
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NEWS
By Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
For some thoroughbreds at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, it had been mere months since their last race. Now, as the ex-racehorses trotted onto the track, they were asked by riders not to run like the wind, but do something entirely different - circle barrels, leap hurdles or prance precisely in dressage, an Olympic equestrian sport. The horses at the second annual Thoroughbred Makeover: A Marketplace & National Symposium resisted the urge to take off when they heard the boom of an announcer's voice.
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NEWS
May 17, 2010
Pimlico racecourse chose cheap-and-dirty over environmentally-responsible when it came time to "clean up" after the Preakness ("Preakness crowd big, but cleanup goes fast," May 17). I would bet at least 50 percent of the 100 tons of refuse carted off to the incinerator was recyclable. They wanted to get their hourly workers out of there as quickly as possible rather than do the right thing for the environment. As the worker interviewed in the piece said, she wished it had been possible to separate out recyclables.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
As a band played during his New Orleans-themed 45th birthday party Saturday night at Pimlico Race Course, Ravens senior advisor of player development O.J. Brigance smiled as he enjoyed the festivities. Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerocis in 2007, the retired former Ravens linebacker is upbeat about the success of the popular Ice Bucket Challenge and the money and awareness it's raising for ALS research. ALS is a degenerative motor neuron disease also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
NEWS
June 3, 2013
Ever since I saw Eliza Doolittle at the horse race in "My Fair Lady," I dreamed of experiencing a horse race. I decided this year would be the time to see the Preakness. As the day got closer, I got excited about participating in this event. What hat to wear? The drive there proved rather simple, it was what transpired upon my arrival that proved disheartening and disastrous. Handicapped parking is at a premium. The more you're willing to pay, the closer you get to the race track entrance.
NEWS
June 29, 2011
I was born in Pimlico 75 years ago, when the neighborhood was a beautiful, friendly, caring place to live. But as I look at it now I want to cry. Money will help Pimlico, but it needs a lot more than $2 million from slots proceeds. It needs people who care about their community. Mayor after mayor has done nothing there. I hope the money will help to turn Pimlico around, but somehow I doubt that it will. A long-time Pimlico lover
SPORTS
Baltimore Sun staff | February 21, 2012
Pimlico Race Course has a new logo. The second-oldest racetrack in the United States unveiled its logo Tuesday. The design features a cupola weather vane -- an iconic track feature -- and a 'Pimlico' script with 'Home of the Preakness' written below. "We wanted a fresh look before returning next month for the spring meet," Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas said in a news release. "The great Alfred Vanderbilt once said Pimlico 'is an accepted American institution, devoted to the best interests of a great sport, graced by time, respected for its honorable past.' Pimlico is steeped in tradition and we feel the new logo properly celebrates one of the most historic racetracks in the world.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | May 6, 2012
Et cetera Pretension takes Canonero II at Pimlico Pretension won Saturday's feature at Pimlico Race Course , the $75,000 Canonero II Stakes for 3-year-olds, by a neck over Brimstone Island. The winner, ridden by Javier Santiago for trainer Chris Grove , completed the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1 minute, 45.70 seconds and paid $18. My Adonis, the 1-5 favorite who shipped in from Louisville after failing to draw into the Kentucky Derby, led for much of the race but faded to third place.
SPORTS
By Yeganeh June Torbati | May 21, 2011
For some, the best views of the horse racing action at the Preakness today can’t be bought with expensive tickets. In fact, they can be had for free — you just have to know where to look.  Ricardo Dorsey, 55, is something of an amateur horse expert. He can hold forth for minutes on horse breeding, historic race times, and the dynamics of a single race. A Park Heights resident, he knows the clearest view of the Pimlico Race Course is outside the northwestern tip of the track on Northern Parkway, near the intersection with West Rogers Avenue.
SPORTS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2010
Pimlico Race Course was given a stamp of approval Monday by an industry group after taking steps to conform with the group's standards related to drug testing and other procedures. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association said Pimlico has been fully accredited by its Safety and Integrity Alliance. NTRA — which promotes safety at tracks around the nation — said Pimlico, the site of Saturday's Preakness, is the 17th course to be accredited. Others include Churchill Downs and Belmont Park, home of the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, respectively.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
A well-known anti-drug advocate is calling for Baltimore's Moonrise Festival to be canceled after a series of arrests and overdoses at electric dance music concerts, including two deaths linked to a recent event at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. "This is happening all over the country. Kids are ending up in the hospital, dying or getting arrested," said Mike Gimbel, former director of Baltimore County's substance abuse office. "It's not just Merriweather. This is a really scary situation right now. I don't see anybody really responding to it. " (A letter from Gimbel on the subject also appears on today's editorial page.)
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Baltimore neighborhoods Mount Vernon and Pimlico and Baltimore County's Bowley's Quarters will be the first to receive new water meters as part of system-wide overhaul, city officials said Tuesday. Beginning in September, crews will install about 5,000 new meters in the city and 5,000 in the county, officials said. The new meters will use wireless technology. Residents will be able to continuously check their water use online, the city said. The installations are part of an $83.5 million contract with Itron Inc. to upgrade Baltimore's water-meter system.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell and Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
A man died Tuesday shortly after being shot in the head near Pimlico Race Course , Baltimore police said. The incident took place before 4:30 p.m. in the 3000 block of Spaulding Ave. in the Central Park Heights neighborhood. Police said the man suffered multiple gunshot wounds. The victim's identity and the suspect's description were not immediately available. Earlier Tuesday, a man was shot in the back on the city's east side. Police responded at 2:15 a.m. to the 1600 block of Normal Ave. He was transported to an area hospital in critical but stable condition, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ellie Kahn and For The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
Midnight Sun contributor Ellie Kahn saw Skrillex headline Pimlico Race Course on Sunday night. This was her take: The sky opened up Sunday evening at Pimlico Race Course, and a UFO touched down at the edge of the Infield, one that highly resembled a soundboard, a laptop, bright lights and a stringy-haired nerd with a half-shave: The DJ known as Skrillex, had landed, and docked his mothership for the night. His stop - part of his larger tour “The Mothership Tour” and featuring artists Milo & Otis, What So Not and Dillon Francis marked his 11th in North America; Baltimore was his first destination after the three-day Governor's Ball Music Festival in New York City and second-to-last warm-up before this weekend's four-day Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | June 8, 2014
Et cetera McCarthy, Magee win Pimlico meet titles The Pimlico Race Course spring meeting ended Saturday with jockey Trevor McCarthy and trainer Kieron Magee winning individual titles. The 35-day stand began April 3. McCarthy topped the jockey standings with 43 first-place finishes, five more than Victor Carrasco . The 20-year-old, who became a journeyman during the stand, had 14 multiple-win days in the first 23 live racing afternoons.  “We rode a lot of nice horses and were very lucky to get off to a great start,” McCarthy said.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
The owners of California Chrome might have had to face the world after the colt fell short of a Triple Crown victory Saturday, but Tim McCoig faced an even tougher crowd after the loss: his wife. "It's not a good day in my household. I just lost a week's paycheck," the Owings Mills resident said just moments after the Belmont Stakes favorite, who could have become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years, finished tied for fourth. McCoig was among the group of people who gathered at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday in hopes of watching California Chrome continue his gallop into history.
BUSINESS
By Baltimore Sun staff | April 30, 2010
Frank Stronach's MI Developments, which bought Pimlico Race Course out of the bankruptcy proceeding of another Stronach company, Magna Entertainment, formally agreed not to move the Preakness Stakes out of Maryland, state and Baltimore officials said. The future of the Preakness, second gem in horse racing's triple crown, was thrown in doubt by Magna's bankruptcy and the prospect of an out-of-state company buying the assets. Ultimately, however, Pimlico stayed in the control of Canadian businessman Stronach, who has owned it for years.
SPORTS
By Baltimore Sun reporter | May 26, 2010
The Preakness Day handle, which sets the pace for how successful a year Pimlico and the Maryland Jockey Club will have, was the sixth largest overall handle in 2010 but still 8.6 percent lower this year than in 2009, the jockey club announced today. The 2010 handle amounted to just over $79 million for the entire Preakness Day card and nearly $53 million for the 135th Preakness Stakes. Despite the lower figure, attendance for Preakness Day increased about 23 percent from 77,850 to 95,760.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - Billy Gowan has a vision in his mind's eye of how Saturday's Belmont Stakes might unfold. He pictures his horse, Ride On Curlin, pulling alongside Triple Crown aspirant California Chrome with a quarter mile left in the race. "I'd like to be eyeing California Chrome and see who has the best horse," says the folksy Louisiana native. "I'd like to see me and him come down the stretch, because we've made it to all three dances. " Ride On Curlin and General a Rod are the only challengers who've chased California Chrome through each leg of his quest for the first Triple Crown since 1978.
SPORTS
From Sun staff reports | May 31, 2014
Maryland sensation Ben's Cat will attempt to become the seventh Maryland-bred to reach the $2 million earnings mark when the King Leatherbury homebred competes in the Grade 3, $300,000 Jaipur Invitational at Belmont Park next Saturday. A first- or second-place finish will allow Ben's Cat to reach the milestone. "The last three years we have run in the Pennsylvania Governor's Cup and it fit perfectly into the schedule," Leatherbury said. "That was my original plan until the New York race came on our radar screen.
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