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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2012
The Pimlico Special is returning to Preakness weekend. The Maryland Racing Commission approved the 2012 Pimlico Race Course racing days and spring stakes schedule at its regular meeting Tuesday at Laurel Park, including the return of the long-respected but recently missing Special. Previously a Grade I, $500,000 race - first won by War Admiral in 1937 and more recently by 2006 horse of the year Invasor - the Pimlico Special was cut from the Preakness weekend all but once since 2007 due to a lack of purse money.
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By John Scheinman | May 14, 2014
On the wall next to Coley Blind's desk in the back corner of the Pimlico racing office is a small framed black-and-white photograph of the legendary race horse Citation, the day of his walkover in the 1948 Pimlico Special. A walkover usually only takes place when the favorite is so overwhelming that nobody even bothers to enter another horse to compete, and the lone runner takes a solo victory lap around the track. That's how great Citation was. In the picture, Eddie Blind, dapper in a fedora, holds Citation's shank with his right hand while cradling his little son Coley, dressed like Spanky from "The Little Rascals," in his left.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | May 14, 1995
It has been 55 years since a Maryland-bred thoroughbred was named North America's Horse of the Year.Local fans might have gotten a good look at one yesterday.It took five years for Cigar to get from his birthplace at Country Life Farm in Bel Air to Pimlico Race Course.But when he did, the horse that has now won five consecutive Grade I stakes, made it to the finish line in style.Cigar ran the fourth-fastest Pimlico Special in the race's 30-year history yesterday and did it in what looked like little more than a public workout.
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Sports Digest | May 8, 2014
Preakness California Chrome back on track, jogs mile California Chrome, the early favorite for the 139th Preakness on May 17 at Pimlico Race Course , returned to the racetrack during training hours at Churchill Downs on Wednesday morning. California Chrome was accompanied by exercise rider Willie Delgado and Alan Sherman , the son and assistant of trainer Art Sherman , on his way to the track for the first time since winning Saturday's 140th Kentucky Derby.
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May 10, 1991
The field for the third running of the revived Pimlico Special divides almost too neatly into two groups of runners.There are three "speed" horses -- Jolie's Halo, Farma Way and Summer Squall.Then there is Silver Survivor, who runs in the middle of the pack, followed by three horses that come from distinctly off the pace -- Unbridled, Festin and Reputed Testamony.In order for the come-from-behind horses to have a good chance to wear down the front-runners, they need a fast pace.Chances are, they aren't going to get it.The riders of these horses are just too smart to fall into that trap.
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By Marty McGee | May 3, 1991
It's a short field, but a stellar one: Seven horses were pre-entered yesterday for the May 11 Pimlico Special.Those remaining eligible for the 1 3/16-mile race are Unbridled, Summer Squall, Jolie's Halo, Farma Way, Festin, Silver Survivor and Reputed Testamony.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | March 21, 1993
Strike the Gold will defend his title in the Pimlico Special.After a winter break, during which he had a mild case of anemia, the horse is back to work and is up to breezing five-eighths of a mile."
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By Dale Austin and Dale Austin,Sun Staff Correspondent | December 8, 1990
LAUREL -- Pimlico Race Course management has reduced the value of the Pimlico Special from $1 million to $750,000 for the fourth running since its revival, on May 11.Part of the savings will go toward making up a $1.5 million bonus announced Wednesday for an American Racing Championship Series.The series, consisting of 10 major races for older horses at nine tracks, will start Feb. 9 with the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park and ends with the Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park on Sept. 15. All of the races will be televised by ABC.Bonuses will be awarded to the four horses with the most points, based on a 10-7-5-3-1 system.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | October 25, 1992
Don't be surprised if the Pimlico Special shares the same card next spring with the Preakness.We will announce the schedule when it all comes together."
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | March 8, 1998
Sonny Hine has committed Skip Away to the Pimlico Special. Now, if Gentlemen and Silver Charm can be enticed by a $1 million purse, Maryland may end up playing host to the year's greatest race."
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From Sun staff reports | May 12, 2013
Graham Peck, a 23-year-old from Baltimore, won the "Down the Stretch for SGK" Preakness 5K on Saturday morning at Pimlico Race Course , finishing in 17 minutes, 41 seconds. Jason Farber was second, 10 seconds back. Peck's father, Henry, finished 16th overall in 20:57 and his sister, Kaylyn, was the female runner-up. "It was a family affair. Running on the track was really fun, but it was wet, so it slowed us down," said Graham Peck, who ran track and cross country at Dulaney.
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By Steven Petrella and The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2012
A beautiful day at Pimlico will allow Black-Eyed Susan Day to go on with seemingly no problems and a fast track. All 13 races will take place between noon and 5:51 p.m., capped with the Pimlico Special, which has been run just one time since 2007. Unbeaten but inexperienced Mamma Kimbo will enter the 88th running of the $300,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) as the favorite, trained under Bob Baffert, who will also saddle Preakness favorite Bodemeister on Saturday. Trainer Todd Pletcher will saddle both Disposablepleasure and In Lingerie.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2012
The Pimlico Special is returning to Preakness weekend. The Maryland Racing Commission approved the 2012 Pimlico Race Course racing days and spring stakes schedule at its regular meeting Tuesday at Laurel Park, including the return of the long-respected but recently missing Special. Previously a Grade I, $500,000 race - first won by War Admiral in 1937 and more recently by 2006 horse of the year Invasor - the Pimlico Special was cut from the Preakness weekend all but once since 2007 due to a lack of purse money.
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By Sports Digest | April 10, 2011
Pimlico Race Course Ben's Cat races to repeat in $75K Mister Diz Stakes The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat carried Jeremy Rose to a repeat score in the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes, Saturday's feature offering at Pimlico Race Course . Bred, owned and trained by the legendary King Leatherbury , Ben's Cat won for the ninth time in 12 lifetime starts. The son of Parker's Storm Cat has won four stakes since his debut as a 4-year-old last year, but this was his first added-money victory racing on the main track.
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Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2010
Real Quiet, who shocked many horsemen during his life as he moved his skinny, imperfect body from the starting gate into the winner's circle in five Grade I races, including the 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, shocked the horse world again Monday when he died after a fall. Real Quiet, 15, was in his paddock at Penn Ridge Farms near Harrisburg, Pa., when he somehow fell on his left shoulder. A necropsy at New Bolton showed he fell so hard that he drove his shoulder into his neck, fracturing five cervical vertebrae, according to Mike Jester, owner of Penn Ridge Farm and majority shareholder and manager of the syndicate that owned the stallion.
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By Sandra McKee | sandra.mckee@baltsun.com | March 17, 2010
The unveiling of the spring schedule at a meeting of the Maryland Racing Commission on Tuesday came with good news and bad, as the state's horse racing industry continues to struggle for financial stability. More than $2.4 million will be up for grabs in 18 stakes races during the spring meet at Pimlico Race Course, but the Grade I Pimlico Special, which dates to War Admiral's 1937 victory and for years has been the second-most important race in Maryland after the Grade I Preakness, will not be among the scheduled events.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | January 29, 1995
Don't expect to see Horse of the Year Holy Bull in the Pimlico Special.Those are the sentiments of the colt's owner-trainer, Jimmy Croll, who said in Washington on Friday that he hasn't entirely ruled out the Maryland race, but added: "Truthfully, [the Special] is too close to the Met Mile, which is one of the major objectives I've planned for the horse. And the race is a little farther than I'd like to run him in at that time of year."The Pimlico Special, at 1 3/16 miles, is tentatively scheduled for May 13, a week before the Preakness.
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By Marty McGee | April 15, 1991
The Pimlico Special appears to be shaping up as the race of the year.Trainers of the top seven finishers in Saturday's Oaklawn Handicap are planning to enter their horses in the May 11 race, Ann Palmer, a Matchmaker Racing Services official, said yesterday.Those horses finished in this order at Oaklawn: Festin, Primal, Jolie's Halo, Silver Survivor, Unbridled, De Roche and Farma Way.Summer Squall, winner of the 1990 Preakness, also is scheduled to run, setting up a rematch between the winners of last year's Kentucky Derby (Unbridled)
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January 30, 2007
Subsidizing racing makes little sense I shook my head in disbelief as I read The Sun's article regarding the cancellation of the Pimlico Special and the reaction of the Maryland Jockey Club, which places the blame squarely on the absence of slots ("Pimlico Special halted, raising stakes on slots," Jan. 26). It seems obvious to me that the main reason behind the decreasing purse sizes for races such as this one is the inability of the industry to draw a substantial crowd to this increasingly irrelevant spectator sport.
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN REPORTER | January 26, 2007
In a move that increases pressure for slots legislation this year, the Maryland Jockey Club announced yesterday that a storied Pimlico event first run 70 years ago will be canceled because of competition from states where expanded gambling subsidizes horse tracks. The cancellation of this year's Pimlico Special - a race that in 1938 pitted Seabiscuit against War Admiral at the height of thoroughbred racing's golden age - coincided with a day of testimony from horse racing officials in Annapolis about how their industry is suffering without slots revenue.
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