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  • The starting gate sits aside five days before the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes, as the grounds at the Pimlico Race Course are still in need of repair in Baltimore, Md., Monday, May 16, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    All bets off for stability of racing in Maryland

    One day a year, the sports world is focused on the state of Maryland. Like it does every May, this Saturday's Preakness Stakes brings eyeballs to Baltimore in the form of more than 100,000 in the stands and the infield and millions on television.

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  • "I'm not concerned about it," Maryland Racing Commission executive director J. Michael Hopkins told The Washington Times on Wednesday. "It's the largest sporting event in the history of Maryland every year. It's like having the Super Bowl in Maryland every year."

    All bets off for stability of racing in Maryland →

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