By Laura Smitherman | December 22, 2009
A Pennsylvania horse breeder and racing consultant backed by private equity has come forward as one of six bidders for the Maryland Jockey Club's racetrack assets. Blow Horn Equity LLC is seeking to buy Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park and the Preakness from Magna Entertainment Corp., the jockey club's parent company that filed for bankruptcy protection in March. Jeffrey Seder, an entrepreneur who owns a horse farm outside Philadelphia, is the company's chief executive. He said it is backed by a hedge fund that he declined to name, citing a confidentiality agreement.
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2012
Over the past year, slots money has injected energy into Maryland horse racing. Revenue from the state's two casinos has bolstered purses, helping attract better horses and create more competitive races. The Preakness also is benefiting. Some of the weekend's undercard stakes races offer larger prizes, while the long-respected Pimlico Special returns with a $300,000 purse after disappearing for three years due to a lack of prize money. It's shaping up to be a good running for the Preakness this year.
By Sloane Brown, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2010
For many folks headed to Preakness, the focus of the afternoon isn't the race. It's the fashion — and we don't just mean hats. If you're in the grandstands, the Jockey Club area or Corporate Village, you'll want to dress the part. Betsy Dugan, owner of Bettina Collections in Cross Keys and former co-owner of Octavia in Pikesville, has been dressing women for Preakness for years. "This is the time ... to dress up," she said. If there's one rule of thumb, it's that ladies and gentlemen at Preakness should look like ...well, ladies and gentlemen.
December 29, 2009
State officials and Magna Entertainment Corp. are continuing discussions about the future of the Preakness, the Maryland horse-racing event that's the middle leg of the Triple Crown, as part of the company's bankruptcy proceedings. Magna is auctioning the Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park horse tracks as well as the Preakness, and the state has the right to match any bid for the race to ensure it remains in Maryland. Monday marked a deadline with regard to the state's "right of first refusal," but Gov. Martin O'Malley's spokesman Rick Abbruzzese said officials are not prepared to waive that right and that talks continue to ensure there are "adequate protections" for the Preakness.
The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled the logo for the 2014 Preakness on Tuesday. The 139th running of the race will take place May 17 at Pimlico Race Course. In the 2014 logo, designed by the Leffler Agency for the 15th straight year, the race is underway as three horses gallop over the word Preakness (in the logo), the Maryland Jockey Club said in a news release. Stylized horses and jockeys give a sense of movement to the illustration. The colors of the Maryland flag -- red, white, black and gold -- are primarily used in the logo.
By Matt Vensel | May 12, 2011
Preakness organizers just released another Kegasus commercial to get beer-chugging, centaur-loving college kids fired up for next weekend's InfieldFest at Pimlico. I'm still confused by the advertising campaign, but it has apparently worked: Ticket sales are up 17 percent . So while I try to figure out what I'm missing here, check out this video of Kegasus blow-drying his hair/mane:
By Sun Staff reports | May 21, 2011
Graham Motion's day got off to a good start when he saddled a winner in the first race. Technique, who went off at 7-1 and was ridden by Edgar Prado, won by at least two lengths. Motion, of course, is the Maryland based trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. Technique paid $14 to win.
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2011
This is the year the Preakness got the beer right! At least that’s what infield revelers seem to be saying. Trying to curb alcohol use (or abuse) led to banning the bring-your-own and replacing it with buy-your-own. That ended the parade of beer-filled coolers streaming into the infield, but long lines at beer stands made chugging difficult, even with the bottomless cup.  But Kellie Dickerson, 35, proclaimed this year a success. She came to Baltimore from Virginia Beach, her first Preakness, and said the lines were quick and the beer plentiful.
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2012
With the grandstands still filling up before noon, Rose Kramer of Wilmington, Del. said she loved people-watching as the day progresses. She's been coming to Maryland for the race for the past few years. She donned a fuzzy pink "Supergirl" hat with sequins, which she bought on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, New York. "I try not to go traditional," Kramer said. "I don't like traditional. I like craziness. " Tricia Brissett and John Santos of Baltimore City brought their 1-year-old daughter, Valentiana, who wore a polka-dotted hat with a big flower.
By Matt Vensel | May 21, 2011
One of the many competitions taking place in the Infield at Pimlico today -- along with the bikini contest, a 64-team cornhole tournament and some kind of competitive eating event you couldn't pay me to watch -- is the National Volleyball League’s inaugural event. It was created after the AVP tour ran out of money, I'm told. The 16-team double-elimination tournament, the first of the new beach volleyball tour’s six-stop season, started at Baltimore’s Rash Field on Friday and is wrapping up at the Preakness as I type this blog post.
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