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Topic - Maryland Jockey Club
The Maryland Jockey Club is a sporting organization dedicated to horse racing, founded in Annapolis in 1743. The Jockey Club was founded more than 30 years before the start of the Revolutionary War and is chartered as the oldest sporting organization in North America. After 267 years it remains the corporate name of the company that operates; Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland which opened in 1870, Laurel Park Racecourse in Laurel, Maryland which opened in 1911 and Bowie Race Track in Bowie, Maryland which opened as race course in 1914 and ceased operations as a track in 1985. The track now serves as a training center for Thoroughbred racehorses. - Source: Wikipedia
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In previous years, backpacks and duffel bags were allowed in the vastly populated infield. Duffel bags were permitted in the building and the grandstand, but now duffel bags and backpacks are forbidden on the entire premises. The rule applies to fans, employees and vendors.
On Saturday afternoon, Maryland horse racing once again will take its place in the sporting world's spotlight with the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course. The other 364 days of the year, however, Pimlico and the Maryland racing industry aren't proving ready for their close-up.
The Maryland Racing Commission has approved an agreement to allow 146 racing days and keep the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore.
The Maryland Racing Commission has unanimously voted to reject plans for a shortened thoroughbred racing meet, jeopardizing the status of the Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Maryland horse racing officials have said repeatedly that slots are needed to breathe new life into their industry. They said competition from Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, where expanded gambling subsidizes purses and attracts the best horses, hurts Maryland.
ANNAPOLIS (AP) — Saying that slots are necessary to save the state's racing industry, Gov. Martin O'Malley is sending a delegation to examine gambling operations in neighboring states and is in discussions with legislative leaders on the issue.