Running the Preakness at Pimlico is a major economic boost for the Park Heights community, the City of Baltimore, and the metropolitan area.
The Maryland Stadium Authority has commissioned a study to evaluate Pimlico’s ability to serve as the permanent home of the Preakness Stakes. The Authority built Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium. Consequently, its work is highly regarded. If the report recommends that the Preakness remain at Pimlico, it would create the justification and the momentum to do so.
To get the Stadium Authority to undertake this project, I brought together representatives of the Maryland Jockey Club, the Racing Commission, the City of Baltimore, and the Stadium Authority. There hasn’t been a World Series game in Baltimore since 1983, but the Preakness is run every year. With a favorable report this fall, that will be the case for decades to come.