Tuesday, April 21 2009


PIMLICO LAUNCHES NEW AND IMPROVED PREAKNESS WEBSITE


BALTIMORE, 04-21-09---Pimlico Race Course today launched a new and improved website for the 2009 Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. The redesigned http://www.preakness.com site will feature unparalleled coverage of the 134th running of the Preakness Stakes at the historic Baltimore track on Saturday, May 16, 2009.

“The people spoke and we listened,” said Kerry Carlson, Vice President of Marketing for Magna Entertainment Corp (MEC)., Pimlico’s parent company. “Over the last few months we’ve been working hard to bring a whole new Preakness experience to the web. Overall, our updates have focused on providing fans with more functionality and more information and organizing it all in an easily digestible manner.”





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Friday, April 17 2009


A PAIR OF STATE-BRED STAKES RACES HEADLINE OPENING DAY CARD


BALTIMORE, 04-16-09---The spring meeting at Pimlico Race Course gets off to a fast start on Saturday with 10 races, including a pair of stakes races for Maryland-bred fillies and mares. First post is 1:10 p.m.

The $50,000 Hookedonthefeelin has attracted nine three-year-old fillies set to race five furlongs on the turf. Not one of the entrants has ever raced on the grass. Haley’s Lolipop is the lukewarm 7-2 favorite. The Steve Klesaris trainee has stakes experience and will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik. She posted a win and a third in the Wide Country Stakes in two starts at Laurel this winter.





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Wednesday, April 15 2009


PIMLICO SPRING MEETING OPENS SATURDAY AFTERNOON


BALTIMORE, 04-15-09---Live racing shifts to historic Pimlico Race Course Saturday, April 18 for the spring meeting. The headline event of the six week stand is the 134th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes (Grade I), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, on May 16.

“You get a unique feeling driving down Winner Avenue and into the facility,” said Tom Chuckas, Maryland Jockey Club president and chief operating officer. “This is a storied place with a deep tradition and is the second oldest racetrack in the country. The Pimlico meet has a festive atmosphere buoyed by one of the premier races in our industry.”





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Friday, April 10 2009


INAUGURAL JOCKEY CHALLENGE SET FOR BLACK-EYED SUSAN DAY


BALTIMORE, 04-10-09---Eight of the nation’s top jockeys, including Eclipse Award winners Kent Desormeaux, Edgar Prado, Garrett Gomez and John Velazquez, will square off in the inaugural Jockey Challenge at Pimlico Race Course on May 15, the day before the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. The Maryland Jockey Club teamed up with the Jockeys’ Guild for the event and will make a $5,000 contribution to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

The jockey with the most points at the end of a four-race competition will be crowned champion. Riding assignments are determined by a drawing Sunday, May 10, and jockeys receive points for finishing first (12 points), second (6), third (4) and fourth (3) in each race. The champion jockey will earn $14,000. Other prize money: $10,000 (second); $8,000 (third) and $3,500 (fourth through eighth).





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Wednesday, April 08 2009


MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB REACTS TO EMINENT DOMAIN BILL AND ANNOUNCES DATE OF SLOTS APPEAL


LAUREL, MD. 04-08-09---Earlier today in the General Assembly in Annapolis, House Bill 1578 was introduced attempting to confiscate Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park, the Bowie Training Center and the Preakness® Stakes from the Maryland Jockey Club (MJC).

“We share the Governor’s interest in preserving the historic Maryland Jockey Club and the Preakness,” said MJC president and chief operating officer Tom Chuckas. ”But we question the government’s right to confiscate private property which will only lead to more confusion and litigation while these matters are in bankruptcy. The Chapter 11 process should be allowed to proceed.”





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MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB, MTHA REACH ADW AGREEMENT


BALTIMORE, 04-07-09---The Maryland Jockey Club and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) have reached comprehensive account wagering agreements with Youbet, XpressBet and TwinSpires. Specific details of the agreements will not be released, but they cover all wagers placed on live races conducted by the Maryland Jockey Club, as well as wagers placed by Maryland residents on out-of-state races.

“I am delighted with these new agreements,” said MTHA President Richard J. Hoffberger. "They are fair, address our joint concerns about the economics of racing and will benefit all parties. We have developed a joint sense of commitment and trust that will enable us to work together positively in the future. I am particularly pleased that these agreements will enhance the distribution of our product."





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Wednesday, April 01 2009


BUD LIGHT NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF PREAKNESS INFIELDFEST


BALTIMORE, 04-01-09---The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that Bud Light has been named the official presenting sponsor of the Preakness InfieldFEST at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 16, 2009. The famed Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, is the largest single day sporting event in the State of Maryland with attendance figures topping six-figures in nine of the last 10 years, including a record 121,263 in 2007.

Plans for Preakness InfieldFEST were unveiled February 5. The day will feature a concert with three rock performances, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top, Grammy-nominated Buckcherry and Maryland’s #1 Rock Band, Charm City Devils, along with a pro beach volleyball tournament and an interactive experience, including virtual NASCAR racing, prior to the running of the $1 million Preakness.





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Tuesday, March 17 2009


PIMLICO SPRING STAKES SCHEDULE WORTH MORE THAN $2.6 MILLION


BALTIMORE, 03-17-09---The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled the 2009 Pimlico spring stakes schedule after reaching agreement with both the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Horse Breeders Association. The schedule was approval by the Maryland Racing Commission earlier this afternoon at its monthly meeting.

The headline event of the six-week stand that begins Saturday, April 18 is the 134th running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I), the middle jewel of the famed Triple Crown, on May 16. The 20-day meeting at the historic Baltimore track will conclude Saturday, May 23.





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Tuesday, March 10 2009


PIMLICO SPRING MEET REDUCED TO 20 DAYS AS INDUSTRY LOOKS TO MAINTAIN PURSE STRUCTURE


BALTIMORE, 03-10-09---After a meeting late last month, the Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) have agreed to reduce the Pimlico Race Course spring meeting from 31 to 20 days in order to maintain a $160,000 purse structure on the overnight during the stand. The industry faces a nearly $2 million shortfall in the purse account during the current Laurel Park winter meeting.

The Maryland Racing Commission has approved the change. Live racing will begin at the historic track on Saturday, April 18 and end Saturday, May 23.





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Thursday, March 05 2009


PIMLICO AND LAUREL PARK’S PARENT COMPANY FILES FOR CHAPTER 11 PROTECTION


LAUREL, MD. 03-05-09---The Maryland Jockey Club’s parent company, Magna Entertainment Corp. (“MEC”) and certain of its subsidiaries today filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. MEC filed for Chapter 11 protection in order to implement a comprehensive financial restructuring. Simply put, MEC has far too much debt and interest expense.

MEC believes that this Chapter 11 restructuring will bring its level of debt in line with current economic realities and take pressure off its operations, which have historically been burdened with significant interest expense and financing fees. In today’s difficult economic environment, many companies are using a Chapter 11 filing to substantially reduce debt and position themselves for future growth.





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Wednesday, February 25 2009


CHARM CITY DEVILS ADDED TO PREAKNESS INFIELDFEST LINEUP


BALTIMORE, 02-24-09---The Maryland Jockey Club today announced that Baltimore-based Charm City Devils will round out the lineup for the Preakness InfieldFEST concert on Saturday, May 16 in the Pimlico Race Course public Infield prior to the running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I).

On February 5 Pimlico officials unveiled Preakness InfieldFEST, which will feature a concert with three rock performances, including Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top and Grammy-nominated Buckcherry, along with a pro volleyball tournament and an interactive section.





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Thursday, February 05 2009


PREAKNESS INFIELDFEST TO ROCK PIMLICO MAY 16


BALTIMORE, 02-05-09---The Maryland Jockey Club today announced at a news conference in the Terrace Dining Room at Pimlico Race Course that it is redefining the Infield experience on Preakness day, May 16, 2009. Preakness InfieldFEST will feature a concert with three rock performances, including Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top and Grammy-nominated Buckcherry, along with a pro volleyball tournament and an interactive section prior to the running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I). A new Infield (including the Infield’s Top of the Stretch seating area) policy on alcohol and all beverages will be implemented for the 134th event, the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown.





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