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May 22, 2014
I have loved horse racing for 60 years and have been a thoroughbred horse owner off and on since 1985. It is because I love the industry and want to see it thrive that I must write that while the owners of California Chrome felt they were treated better at Pimlico than at Churchill Downs, the management of Pimlico and Laurel race courses should take a hard look at improving service to their customers if they are to grow and frankly, survive ( ...
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
The Moonrise Festival is getting a second chance. The two-day music festival is scheduled to take place Aug. 9 and 10 at Pimlico Race Course, according to festival partner Evan Weinstein.  Last June, Pretty Lights and Snoop Dogg were scheduled to headline the first-ever Moonrise Festival at Port Covington . Tickets were sold, the event was promoted but there was one problem: Organizers failed to obtain the necessary permits to put on a...
SPORTS
By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
With the short-lived nasal strip controversy resolved and wins in two Triple Crown races on his resume, California Chrome arrived in Elmont, N.Y., shortly after 11 a.m. on Tuesday, where his connections plan to run the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby champion in the Belmont Stakes on June 7. Chrome, who won the 139th Preakness by 1 1/2 lengths on Saturday, will try to become the first winner of horse racing's Triple Crown since Affirmed...
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2014
A man was shot and killed Saturday just a few blocks from the Pimlico racetrack where crowds were gathered for the Preakness Stakes, police said. Officers went to the corner of W. Belvedere and Elmira avenues at 4:30 to investigate a shooting. The victim was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced death about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Police do not believe the incident had any connection to the Preakness racing. Officers were still gathered at the scene a half hour after the shooting, and spots of blood marked the sidewalk and the street.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2014
May 18, 1996: Pat Day becomes the first jockey to win the Preakness three straight times as Louis Quatorze leads all the way after finishing 16th at the Kentucky Derby. May 22, 1976: Though his school has no track facilities, Aberdeen's Jerome Deal wins the 100- and 220-yard dash at the state Class A track and field championships in Westminster. Three years later, Deal captures the 100-meter dash at the NCAA championships (10.19 seconds) and leads Texas-El Paso to the team title.
SPORTS
By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown - a candidate in the Democratic gubernatorial primary - says he attended the Preakness Day as an "official state function" rather than a campaign event. He may be duty-bound to attend Maryland's signature horse-racing event, but that didn't prevent Brown and his wife, Karmen, from having some fun. And placing what he called “low-wager” bets. Not coincidentally, all of his picks had Maryland connections. Brown went with favorite California Chrome to win the Preakness.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
As crowds poured into Pimlico on Saturday afternoon, a dedicated crew of entrepreneurs set up outside the track, hoping to lure customers with deals on parking or tickets. Peanuts, barbecue and even jewelry were on sale, along with the "ice cold" bottled water offered for a dollar by enterprising vendors at every major event in Baltimore. Carlton Graham, 39, waved a large cardboard sign at passing cars advertising $25 parking just a block from the track. Graham, who said he's been a Park Heights resident his whole life, has worked with neighbors selling race-day parking spaces in yards and driveways.
SPORTS
By Aaron Dodson, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
Abby Fuller dreamed of being a jockey as a little girl in 1968, but at the time there were no women yet in horse racing. Then came Barbara Jo Rubin, who became the first female jockey to win a race in 1969, giving Fuller hope for a future in the sport. Fuller, now a retired jockey, was among eight retired female jockeys to participate in the fifth and final running of the Lady for Legends for the Cure race on Friday. The race began in 2010 for breast cancer awareness and female empowerment in horse racing.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
I'm having a hard time figuring out how to dress business casual with my work boots today at Pimlico, but if that's the worst problem we have this weekend, it should be a good time. But before we go forward, let's look back on yesterday's local headlines in the Coffee Companion. - It's going to be a messy Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico, but it should clear up tomorrow for the Preakness Stakes . - California Chrome is the overwhelming favorite after his Kentucky Derby win, but it's hardly guaranteed.
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