Total wagering on the rescheduled, closed-door Preakness Stakes program at Pimlico last Saturday was down nearly 50% from its 2019 renewal, a pandemic-impacted decline similar to that experienced at the Kentucky Derby, which was moved from May to September.Read More
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders leads in new Goucher poll as Maryland support for Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren dives; while leading Republican lawmakers are wary of $372.9 million deal to keep Preakness in Baltimore, bipartisan support possible; Goucher poll also finds Marylanders lukewarm over legalized sports betting; taxing services when there is no where else to turn; lawmakers ready to OK task force to oversee new JHU police; $15 million in state aid proposed to boost BSO; and Howard professor, family quarantined in Wuhan, U.S. over coronavirus.Read More
Voters in the 7th Congressional District head to the polls today to nominate a candidate to replace the late Elijah Cummings; in expected low turnout, ‘super voters’ are targeted; panel postpones appointments to UMMS board of directors until audit is complete; Gov. Hogan speaks with city leaders on crime, violence and squeegee kids; Hogan pushes back against bill to use education funds for Pimlico revitalization; Senate panel OKs two Hogan picks to lead Transportation, Corrections; Montgomery House delegation cuts proposed salary hike for local school board members by $50,000; prez candidate Michael Bloomberg taps Maryland campaign team; and mayor of Thurmont, widow of slain Capital Gazette reporter to attend President Trump’s State of the Union address.Read More
There are no slot machines planned at Pimlico Race Course but the Baltimore City neighborhoods surrounding the storied venue are winners nonetheless. Starting July 1, they will receive the first of the state-wide slots revenue — $2 million – allocated to them by law.Read More
Maryland wants to preserve the struggling horse industry, but ultimately it falls to the businesspeople to make the right calls. Preakness is a make-or-break source of revenue, so they need to find a way to maximize the once-a-year benefit. With the Mug Club infield, the Jockey Club may have found the right mix.Read More
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