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Topic - Tom Chuckas
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.
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.
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.
"We do a security plan starting in October every year," Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas said Tuesday. "Unfortunately, with what transpired in Boston, I met with more than 50 people a week ago and ... based on the Boston tragedy, we decided to make some modifications. Backpacks were one of them."
"There are some advantages. In the Boston Marathon, there's 25 miles of space they have to cover," Chuckas said. "It's a little easier here at Pimlico, but security will need to be on its toes."