Nearly 73 percent of respondents to The Daily Record’s Pulse Poll think Maryland should provide funding to keep the Preakness in Baltimore. More than a quarter of respondents said no.
The Stronach Group, which owns both the Pimlico and Laurel Park tracks, said it would keep the Preakness at Pimlico until 2020 and is considering moving the event to Laurel. Under state law, the race can be moved to another track in Maryland only “as a result of a disaster or emergency.”
Should Maryland provide funding to keep the Preakness in Baltimore?
State and local governments should do what ever they can to help promote the image of Baltimore. I feel CNN and some of the other TV station did a big disservice to Baltimore in their coverage of the Baltimore riots.
— Martin Dennis
They let the track and facilities get to the point of “an emergency” so they could move it. They should not get to reap the rewards of negligence. Pimilico is where War Admiral, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Barbaro, Affirmed, American Pharoah, and even Smarty Jones have run. To take it away is to do irreparable damage to the second leg of the triple crown.
— Stephanie Suerth
The Preakness is a Maryland tradition, not a Baltimore tradition. Renovating a crumbling facility is a massive waste of money.
— Geoffrey Hervey
The Stronach Group is like the child who kills his own parents and then begs for mercy from the court because he’s an orphan. They have purposefully withheld the State’s money from Pimlico and now complain about its state of disrepair. This behavior should not be rewarded.
— Frank Muher
I love Gov. Hogan, but the Preakness in Baltimore is a state wide tradition! Just like the stadiums, the race track needs a face lift and a great deal of infrastructure help….We as Marylander’ should do whatever it takes to save this historic landmark. Let’s come up with a scratch off lottery ticket dedicated to the necessary repairs. Do not assume that everyone in Maryland would like to see this move to Laurel Park!
— Deborah Petz
The Preakness outside of Baltimore is simply not the Preakness. Shame on everybody who has let Pimlico run down. It needs to be refurbished.
— Rony Werthamer
It should be moved to Laurel. Plenty of infrastructure and amenities progressively moving forward.
— Wendy Crites
Force Stronach to disgorge the funds they devoured in building up Laurel.
— Wallace Kleid
It will take much more money to rehab the surrounding neighborhood. Without that money spent in the track for limited racing is a waste.
— Steven Wyman
The Preakness is a Baltimore tradition. It is older than the Kentucky Derby. The event will not be the same if it is moved out of Baltimore. Whatever needs to be done to help Pimlico, should be done.
— Susan Stacy
Keeping the Preakness in Baltimore is a critical component to helping ensure the City’s viability. This is important for all Marylanders because the future of Baltimore is the future of Maryland. Maryland without a vibrant major metropolis within its borders will not be able to compete economically on a national scale.
— George Lavdas