Aging Pimlico struggles to keep its grip on Preakness Stakes

By By David Ginsburg, Associated Press

Aging track needs giant makeover to maintain grip onTriple Crown gem BALTIMORE – It is Preakness week, so Pimlico Race Course is adorned with fresh flowers, coated in bright paint and filled with the anticipation that comes with hosting the state’s biggest sporting event of the year. Sal Sinatra, president and general manager of the Maryland Jockey Club, attended the Preakness post-position draw Wednesday. The grandstand, the stakes barns and the jockeys’ quarters are serviceable but not ideal. According to Maryland state law, however, the Preakness must be run at Pimlico unless there is “some type of emergency.” […] there is something to be said for the tradition of running a Triple Crown race at a track that once hosted Seabiscuit, Man O’ War, Secretariat and Seattle Slew.

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Source: Houston Chronicle Sports

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