Monday, March 14 2011


GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS BRUNO MARS AND TRAIN TO HEADLINE INFIELD CONCERT ON PREAKNESS DAY


BALTIMORE, 03-14-11---The Maryland Jockey Club today announced 2011 Preakness InfieldFEST will include performances by recent Grammy Award winners Bruno Mars and Train. Both bands will play extended sets on the main stage in the public Infield on Saturday, May 21 at Pimlico Race Course when the Maryland Jockey Club, North America's oldest sporting organization, hosts the 136th renewal of the Preakness® Stakes.

The annual running of the Preakness is an American Institution. First contested in 1873, it is one of thoroughbred horse racing's most valued Grade 1 stakes races. Now one of the largest single-day sporting events in the United States, "The People's Race...The People's Party" has hosted up to 121,263 for the pivotal middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown at famed Pimlico.





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Tuesday, February 22 2011


NBC SPORTS GROUP REASSEMBLES TRIPLE CROWN


NEW YORK – February 22, 2011 – The NBC Sports Group will broadcast all three legs of horse racing’s prestigious Triple Crown, renewing the rights to the Preakness Stakes and reacquiring rights to the Belmont Stakes. As previously announced, NBC and Churchill Downs, Inc. renewed rights to the Kentucky Derby. This marks the first time that all three races will be on one network since NBC aired them in 2005. The agreements were announced today by Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Sports Group, Tom Chuckas, President and Chief Operating Officer, Maryland Jockey Club, and C. Steven Duncker, NYRA Chairman. Like NBC Sports’ agreement with Churchill Downs, each agreement announced today gives NBC exclusive rights to the Preakness and Belmont through 2015.





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Wednesday, February 02 2011


PIMLICO STAKES SCHEDULE WORTH $2.9 MILLION


BALTIMORE, 02-02-11---The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled the 2011 Pimlico spring stakes schedule today after reaching agreement with both the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Horse Breeders Association. The schedule still needs approval from the Maryland Racing Commission, which will hold its monthly meeting at Laurel Park on Feb. 15

The headline event of the eight-week stand that begins Friday, Apr. 1 is the 136th running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I), the middle jewel of the famed Triple Crown, on May 21. The 29-day meeting at the historic Baltimore track will conclude on Preakness day.





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Wednesday, November 03 2010


MARYLAND VOTERS APPROVE QUESTION A


LAUREL, MD. 11-02-10---Anne Arundel County residents voted for Question A, which grants the required zoning for the Anne Arundel Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) facility at Arundel Mills Mall. The Maryland Jockey Club sought a vote against Question A with the hope that Laurel Park would have a chance to compete for the 4,750 machine casino. Support for the measure garnered 56% of the vote with 98% of the precincts reporting.

“The people of Anne Arundel County have spoken,” said Maryland Jockey president Tom Chuckas. “While we continue to believe that Laurel is the optimum location for VLTs in Anne Arundel County, the Maryland Jockey Club will now consider its options going forward and we will consult with the Maryland Racing Commission to enact the changes required as a result of this lost opportunity at Laurel.”





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Wednesday, September 08 2010


MI DEVELOPMENTS ANNOUNCES CREATION OF BLACK-EYED SUSAN $2.2 MILLION


AND THE $220,000 XPRESSBET CONSOLATION PRIZE
PLUS THE AMTOTE JOCKEY BONUS
Programs Add to Excitement of Preakness 5.5 Weekend


September 7, 2010, Aurora, Ontario, Canada – MI Developments Inc. ("MID") (TSX: MIM.A, MIM.B; NYSE: MIM), in conjunction with MID’s premier racing properties, Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Pimlico Race Course, XpressBet Inc. and AmTote International Inc., announced today the introduction of the BLACK-EYED SUSAN 2.2, a bonus program similar to the much acclaimed and unique Preakness 5.5 which was announced on August 27, 2010. This significant bonus program for fillies could award $2.2 million in bonuses ($2 million to the owner and $200,000 to the trainer) to the winner of the 2011 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.






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Friday, August 27 2010


MI DEVELOPMENTS ANNOUNCES CREATION OF PREAKNESS $5.5 MILLION BONUS PROGRAM


August 27, 2010, Aurora, Ontario, Canada – MI Developments Inc. ("MID") (TSX: MIM.A, MIM.B; NYSE: MIM), in conjunction with MID’s premier racing properties, Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields, Pimlico Race Course and XpressBet Inc., announced today the introduction of the all new PREAKNESS 5.5., a historic and unique bonus program which could award an additional $5.5 million in bonuses to the winner of the 2011 Preakness Stakes. The bonus will be shared between the owner ($5 million) and the trainer ($500,000).

The Preakness 5.5 is designed to allow both east and west coast based three-year-olds to qualify by having the preliminary races at Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields.





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Sunday, May 23 2010


CAPUANO & KARAMANOS CAPTURE SPRING MEET TITLES


BALTIMORE, 05-22-10---The six-week Pimlico Race Course spring meeting ended today with Dale Capuano and Horacio Karamanos winning individual titles. The 20-day spring stand began at the historic home of the Preakness Stakes on April 17.

Capuano clinched his 31st career training title at the major Maryland tracks when Naseeb wired the field in the third race and picked up another win in the finale when Rainbow Inthestorm nipped Grey Goose Kid. The 47-year-old, who captured the Pimlico spring meet nine times during a 10-year period from 1996-2005, saddled 11 winners during the stand.





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Friday, May 21 2010


PIMLICO JOCKEY AND TRAINER TITLES GO DOWN TO THE WIRE


BALTIMORE, 05-21-10---The Pimlico trainer and jockey titles will be decided on the final day of the spring meeting with multiple contenders in both categories. The 20-day stand concludes on Saturday with a 10-race card. First post is 1:10 p.m.

Dale Capuano leads Scott Lake by one in the trainer standings, 9-8, with Chris Grove and Damon Dilodovico two back. Capuano, who captured the Pimlico spring meet nine times during a 10-year period from 1996-2005, will saddle four starters on Saturday’s card, none higher than 4-1 on the morning line including Dangerous Ice, the prohibitive favorite in the second.





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Thursday, May 20 2010


SHINE AGAIN STAKES HEADLINES CLOSING DAY CARD


BALTIMORE, 05-20-10---Pimlico’s spring meeting comes to a dramatic conclusion with Saturday’s feature, the $50,000 Shine Again Stakes which headlines a 10-race card that includes five turf races.

Heaven’s Voice (9-5), Holiday Girl (2-1) and American Victory (2-1) should battle for favoritism in the 1-1/16th mile Shine Again. Hannah’s Dowery (8-1) and Katrinarita (15-1) complete the field.





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Saturday, May 15 2010


Lookin At Lucky Rebounds in Preakness Stakes


BALTIMORE, 05-15-10 – Karl Watson, Michael E. Pegram & Paul Weitman’s Lookin At Lucky rebounded from a disappointing performance in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago to prevail over 11 rivals by three-quarters of a length in the 135th running of the $1,000,000 Preakness Stakes Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

A crowd of 95,760 witnessed rising star Martin Garcia ride his first winner in a Triple Crown race and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert receive the Woodlawn Vase for the fifth time. A total of $79,209,170 was wagered on the 13-race program.





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Strike A Deal Finds Gold In Dixie Stakes


BALTIMORE, Md. – Richard Santulli’s Strike A Deal made a beeline to the front and jockey Ramon Dominguez kept him there the rest of the way to win Saturday’s $200,000 Dixie Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

The victory in the Grade 2 stakes was the third triumph on turf for Dominguez on the Preakness Day program.





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Taqarub Wins Maryland Sprint Handicap


BALTIMORE, 05-15-10 – Shadwell Stable’s Taqarub went screaming to the front right from the start of the $100,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap and held on late to notch a half-length triumph in the Grade 3 sprint.

Eibar Coa guided the speedy son of Aldebaran to a front-running victory over an unlucky Roaring Lion while running six furlongs in 1:10.02. Roaring Lion had had dead aim on Taqarub in deep stretch but jockey Javier Castellano couldn’t find room inside the winner and had to settle for second. Ravalo finished another head back in third.





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