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Maryland Lawmakers Plans on Rebuilding the Pimlico Race Course

Maryland Lawmakers Plans on Rebuilding the Pimlico Race CourseThe Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD is a famous and historic thoroughbred horse racetrack. Amongst those that bet on horses, it is famous for hosting the Preakness Stakes, which is the second leg of the prestigious Triple Crown. However, big changes are coming as Maryland Lawmakers Plans on Rebuilding the Pimlico Race Course.

Yestedday, Maryland lawmakers gave their approval to rebuild the Pimlico Race Course and to also put the ownership of the racetrack under the control of the state. Thus, the legislation also calls for the transfer of Pimlico from the Stronach Group, the current owners of Pimlico and nearby Laurel Park, to a newly established not-for-profit organization operating under the province.

Furthermore, the measure would then use $400 million in state bonds to put their plan into effect.

According to horse racing news, the motion passed 105-32 vote in the Maryland House. Now, they will send the bill to Gov. Wes Moore, who has expressed support for it.


 History of the Pimlico Race Course

The Pimlico Race Course has been hosting horse races since October 25, 1870 and is the second oldest racetrack in the U.S. The honor of being the oldest racetrack in the US belongs to Saratoga in upstate New York.  

Needless to say, their racebook has seen their share of horse races and horse betting as it has played host to legendary horses like Man o’ War, Sir Barton, Seabiscuit, War Admiral, Citation, Secretariat, and Cigar.

According to racebook pay per head providers, the Preakness Stakes, attracts thousands of spectators. It serves as the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, following the Kentucky Derby and preceding the Belmont Stakes. Visitors to Pimlico can enjoy live Thoroughbred racing, watch simulcast races from tracks across the country, and dine in various areas such as the Terrace Dining room or the Sports Palace.

At the moment, the Maryland Jockey Club oversees both Pimlico and Laurel Park, another renowned racetrack.

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