Preakness bill coming?
The word in Annapolis is that legislation may be coming today to strengthen the state's hold on the Preakness Stakes. The capital has been nervous about the fate of Maryland's premier sporting event since Magna Entertainment Corp, the owner of Pimlico and Laurel Park, declared bankruptcy earlier this year, but it really reached a fever pitch last week when a Pikesville shopping center developer floated the idea of buying the tracks and razing at least Pimlico.
But can the state really do anything about it? Nobody knows. The other thing is, correct me if I'm wrong, but it's not like there's a horse racing governing body like NASCAR or the PGA that says "these races shall be the triple crown." The Preakness is a big deal by tradition, by the money involved and by virtue of where it lands on the calendar vis a vis the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. How do you pass a law saying "there will be a race in Maryland between these other two races that all the top horses will compete in?" I guess we'll find out.