Stronach Group Unveils a New Pimlico/Preakness Plan

The Stronach Group and the thoroughbred industry have released a new plan to redevelop Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park. Highlights of the proposed plan includes:

  • The Preakness would stay in Baltimore.
  • Stronach would donate the Pimlico property to Baltimore City or a city-created entity.
  • Some outlying parts of the property could be sold off for development.
  • Stronach and the Maryland Jockey Club would lease Pimlico property to run a spring meet that would include the Preakness.  
  • A 30-year lease for the Preakness meet, with extensions that would keep the race here indefinitely.
  • The Pimlico track wouldn’t stay the same. The racetrack itself would be tilted clockwise by about 30 degrees. That would put the oval in a more optimal position to separate off outlying parcels.
  • The future for InfieldFest has not been determined.
  • Outside of the month or so around the Preakness, the Pimlico property could be used for many other activities.
  • Laurel Park would get a makeover and retain its status as the home of year-round thoroughbred horseracing. Barns with stalls for more than 1,500 horses would be built across the property, some on the current backstretch and some along Route 198. There also would be a new clubhouse built around a new paddock.
  • The Bowie Training Center would close for good.

Architects of the plan estimate these upgrades would cost $375.5 million. Getting there requires significant changes in MD state law.

To read the Baltimore Sun article click here.

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