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By Bruce C. Spizler | June 20, 2010
Our row house on Narcissus Avenue in Northwest Baltimore was a mere four city blocks from Pimlico Race Course, and if the wind was blowing in the right direction, the familiar call of the race could be heard faintly in the distance: "They're off! … for the lead …" It was with those words that my fascination with horse racing commenced. The first time I actually witnessed what the distant voice was describing came as a 5-year-old, when my dad, just home from a long, hard day's work at his packaged goods store on Pennsylvania Avenue, took me with him to Pimlico, where admission was free for the last two races, and a free program and racing form were available for the asking from those exiting the track.
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SPORTS
By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2010
The sun was shining Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, and somewhere, Chick Lang was smiling. At least, that's the way his family felt. On the first day of the spring racing schedule at Pimlico, the Maryland horse racing community held a small ceremony to say goodbye to Charles "Chick" Lang, a legendary figure in the racing industry and longtime Pimlico general manager. Lang, known as Mr. Preakness, died March 18 of natural causes at age 83, and per his wishes, there was no funeral.
SPORTS
May 20, 2000
1743: Maryland Jockey Club founded in Annapolis. 1775-1782: Races suspended because of Revolutionary War. 1783: Maryland Jockey Club resumed, with Gov. William Paca and Charles Carroll, both signers of the Declaration of Independence, as members. 1830: MJC moved from Annapolis to Baltimore. 1870: Pimlico opened. The first stakes winner, Preakness, won the Dinner Party Stakes on Oct. 27. 1873: First running of the Preakness, won by Survivor. 1894: Fire destroyed Pimlico grandstand.
SPORTS
August 11, 2001
Nine races, including one for 2-year-old fillies, make up today's card at Pimlico. Tomorrow, in the third race, 12 amateur riders will experience some of the thrill and danger of being professional jockeys as the Amateur Riders Club of America Series comes to Baltimore. John Poe, who won last year's amateur race at Pimlico, will ride the favorite, Barrier Beach, a James Murphy-trained 4-year-old. Maryland-based trainer and two-time defending women's champion Leigh Offutt will ride Stormin' Lady (8-1)
NEWS
August 6, 2002
IT COULD BE a futuristic vision. Or a delusive mirage. Either way, entrepreneur Frank Stronach's notion of razing Pimlico Race Course and rebuilding it into an entertainment colossus should be enough to jolt Marylanders from summer languor. And it just might be the way to resuscitate the state's struggling racing industry. Mr. Stronach now must provide details, details and more details: Would racing still be the centerpiece of the multi-purpose complex or merely a sideshow after the once-a-year Preakness extravaganza?
SPORTS
June 23, 2001
A turf race for Maryland-breds and a sprint for fillies and mares highlight the weekend at Pimlico Race Course. First-race post time both days is 1:35 p.m. Today's feature is the $60,000 Humphrey Finney Stakes, featuring nine Maryland-bred 3-year olds who are expected to run 1 1/8 miles on the turf. Pimlico oddsmaker Clem Florio has tabbed the Saratoga Games/Valid Ticket entry as the 2-1 favorite. Sondra Bender owns both horses. Saratoga Games, trained by Tony Dutrow, has won his past two starts at Pimlico.
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