May 19, 1994
With all the problems besetting horse racing in America these days, it easy to forget what's right with this sporting event. That's why the 118th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico comes at an auspicious time.At its best, horse-racing can be thrilling and exciting, a spectacular blend of the raw power of specially bred horses and incredibly skilled jockeys. It is both sport and business, a melding of America's centuries-old love of horses, gambling and money-making sports. All of this will be on display this Saturday.
May 14, 1994
Preakness events for the weekend include:Today* First National Bank Hot Air Balloon Lift-Off and Children's ZooFest, Druid Hill Park. Up to 50 hot air balloons lift off at 6:30 a.m., signaling the start of a children's festival inside the Baltimore Zoo. Live entertainment, music, refreshments and exhibitions continue until 2 p.m. Free.* Fila 5-K Preakness Run Presented by U.S. Healthcare, Charles Street, Key Highway and Pratt Street. The prelude to the Preakness parade starts at 9:30 a.m. and features a race along downtown streets.
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 Sam Sessa | and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 20, 2010
Every spring for six years, Derek Lofti joined the crowd at Pimlico Race Course's packed infield for Baltimore's biggest outdoor party. But last year, when the Maryland Jockey Club banned outside beverages, Lofti, a 29-year-old who lives in Baltimore, stayed home. "The whole mystique of the day was gone," he said. "It wasn't the Preakness we were used to going to." This year, organizers are adding a dash of debauchery to the infield to lure back the thousands of lost revelers such as Lofti.
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
Take vodka, rum, whiskey, bourbon, peach schnapps, orange juice, pineapple juice, sour mix, orange-flavored liqueur, elderflower-flavored liqueur, shake, pour into a souvenir glass and garnish with an orange slice, cherry and mint sprig. Then dump it on the infield grass and get a real drink. It's the poor old black-eyed Susan, the official cocktail of the Preakness. It has been mocked, derided and dismissed as a publicity stunt. Campaigns have been waged to replace it. Its history has been mangled and misunderstood.
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:
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