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By Baltimore Sun reporter | November 24, 2010
The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled Wednesday the logo for the 2011 Preakness, set for May 21at Pimlico, according to a news release. For the 12th consecutive year, the Leffler Agency of Baltimore and Tampa designed the official Preakness logo. The logo features a horse and jockey with overlapping, tapering streamers. The colors used, red, black and gold, are the colors of the Maryland flag. "The Preakness logo creation is a highlight of the year for us at Leffler and has been since 2000," said Leffler Agency president Bob Leffler, according to the news release.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case and Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2012
In the middle of the infield at Preakness 2012, there are six long horizontal blackboards filled with scribbles of neon chalk. The randomness of the grafitti is appropriately light-hearted and innocuous. There's school pride (West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Ball So Hard) and shout-outs to friends who likely won't see them. And in 2012, it's just not a party without a scrawling of YOLO on the wall.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2012
I wondered why I wasn't seeing more restaurants in Baltimore offering Preakness promotions. It's simple, really. They don't have to. Add commencement exercises at Notre Dame and Loyola into the mid-May mix, and you've got a pretty sweet weekend for the hospitality industry. Hotels are booked heavily (but not fully) this weekend, and restaurant reservation books are bulging -- The Preakness is the kind of event where visitors make reservations at the same places year after year. (If you want to rub shoulders with racing insiders after the race, by the way, Aldo's in Little Italy has evolved into the race's unofficial post-race 19th hole, a destination for the visiting media, trainers, jockeys and other insiders.)
NEWS
May 11, 2010
Finally, someone had the courage to call the ads for the Preakness just what they really are … "an embarrassment." I'm referring to Kevin Cowherd's "Get Your Preak On': From sport of kings to royal embarrassment," May 10. After hearing another one of these objectionable "Preak On" ads over the weekend, I thought: Just how low will the Maryland Jockey Club, and others, go to earn a buck? How sad that this ad represents not only Baltimore, but all of Maryland. The only word I can think of is DEGRADING!
SPORTS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2011
While many of the people in the infield were interested in the horses, or in other exploits,  Amanda Gregory of Arlington Va., was distracted by a white whale. Instead of reading a racing form, Gregory, 30, was sprawled on a blanket with two girlfriends, deeply immersed in reading Moby Dick.  Gregory said she is “long out of class” and was reading the book purely for pleasure. “I think I know how it turns out,” he said. “It doesn’t seem like anything is going to happen for another 500 pages.”  She said she hasn’t been paying much attention to the undercard – the preliminary races – but was waiting for the Preakness.
NEWS
August 16, 2011
There needs to be a wider vision for the proposed slots parlor on Russell Street. Moving the Preakness to a new world-class facility in the Camden-Carroll industrial park would reinforce the slots parlor opposite Russell Street and feed off the success of Camden Yards. Also, adjacent to the site is the mouth of the Gwynns Falls that empties into Ridgley's Cove. This presents an opportunity to restore a natural landscape feature and demonstrate Baltimore's leadership in environment and recycling.
NEWS
May 25, 2011
As a self-proclaimed "horse fanatic," nothing infuriates me more than the harassment and degradation suffered at the hands of all the police and security teams that blanketed Pimlico last Saturday at the Preakness. Having traveled to phenomenal racing facilities around the country, from Keeneland to Monmouth Park, I've always been treated with respect and given the opportunity to enjoy a great day of racing without feeling like a criminal. The trend that has developed at Preakness the past two years has been exactly the opposite.
SPORTS
By Baltimore Sun staff | May 21, 2011
Early patrons to the Preakness found themselves locked out right out of the gate. A glitch at the 8 a.m. opening prevented tickets from being scanned in. About 100 people anxiously waited for a fix, which came promptly at 8:11 a.m. Sun photographer Gene Sweeney Jr. reported that one man appeared angry, but the rest streamed into the track without a problem.
SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2011
Tim Lare of Hampstead came to his first Preakness in 1973, the same year Secretariat won the middle leg of the Triple Crown.  "I think he paid $2,80," Lare recalled Saturday.  Lare kept going to Pimlico for its big race every year until 2000, and stopped because of the rowdiness in the infield. He had tried the grandstand once, but didn't like it because "it was too crowded. " Carl Kemp, a friend of Lare's from Carroll County, had given up going in 1999, tired of what he called "ignorant" people who ruined the day with the drunken behavior.
NEWS
March 30, 2011
The Preakness is the second race of the Triple Crown and it does not deserve to have another rowdy, drunken brawl that does nothing to contribute to the race or to the horse industry ("Trendy or tasteless?" March 30). Instead of attracting a group of people who have no interest in horses or racing, may I suggest several possibilities that will promote horses, the large and varied horse industry and the large and positive impact it has on the Maryland economy: Pony clubs; fox hunts; driving clubs; rescue farms; show jumping; handicap programs; Western; mounted police; draft horses; parade of breeds.
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