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Pimlico Notes - May 16, 2016

Ultimate Girls Day Out Returns to Pimlico on Black-Eyed Susan Day BALTIMORE – In addition to world-class racing led by the 92nd running of the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) for 3-year-old fillies, Pimlico Race Course will once again host the Ultimate Girls Day Out on May 20, an entire day dedicated to the spirit and strength of women. As part of the celebration, there will be multiple events throughout the day to complement a 14-race card that features seven stakes races including the Sagamore Spirit Pimlico Special (G3), Miss Preakness (G3) and Allaire DuPont Distaff (G3). Gates open at 9:30 a.m. with a first-race post time of 11:30 a.m. Sunrise at Old Hilltop will feature 20-minute escorted walking tours of the backstretch from 6-9 a.m., including a visit with the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, who will perform on track during the afternoon. For more information, contact Diana Harbaugh at . A celebrity... Continue reading
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141st Preakness Stakes Notes - May 13, 2016

Historic Pimlico Race Course Opens Preakness Meet BALTIMORE – On an overcast Thursday afternoon, historic Pimlico Race Course kicked off its spring Preakness Meet at Pimlico amid ongoing optimism for the future of Maryland racing. The 28-day Preakness Meet at Pimlico runs Thursdays to Sundays through June 26, highlighted by the 141st running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1), the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, May 21, and the 92nd running of the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) May 20. “We’re excited about this year’s Preakness Meet at Pimlico,” said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club. “We’re going to build on the momentum generated by our record-breaking meet at Laurel Park. We’re also anticipating a spectacular meeting highlighted by the 141st Preakness Stakes (G1) and 92nd Black-Eyed Susan (G2).” D A S L Stable’s Colonel Sharp, favored at 1-2 off a 13-length maiden victory April... Continue reading
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Donald C. Fry: The Myths and Realities of TIFs

Earlier this week the Baltimore City Board of Finance unanimously approved a $535 million tax increment financing, or TIF, for the proposed redevelopment of Port Covington, more than 200 acres of mostlyempty industrial land that Sagamore Development Company wants to remake into a bustling hub of homes, stores, waterfront parks and a new headquarters campus for Under Armour.   With the finance board’s approval, the proposal moves on to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who is expected to introduce it next week to the City Council for consideration.   The funds that Sagamore is asking Baltimore City to provide under the TIF agreement would be used for public infrastructure improvements to Port Covington, including utilities, streets, parks, bike paths, and more. Admittedly, the phrase “tax-increment financing” doesn't roll off the tongue easily and to some people it may have a particularly bureaucratic ring. That may be one reason TIFs are sometimes misunderstood... Continue reading
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141st Preakness Stakes Notes - May 11, 2016

Preakness-Bound Nyquist Slated to Go to Track 8:30 a.m. Wednesday BALTIMORE – Preakness-bound Nyquist, the emphatic winner of last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1), has settled in well at Pimlico Race Course and is scheduled to visit the racetrack at Old Hilltop 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Jack Sisterson, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill, said that the unbeaten colt owned by Reddam Racing LLC, had a quiet Tuesday morning while walking the shedrow at Barn D, which is adjacent to the Preakness Stakes Barn on the Pimlico backstretch. Nyquist and six other O’Neill runners shipped from Kentucky to Baltimore Monday afternoon and are stabled in the same barn that O’Neill used in 2012, when Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another won the Preakness (G1). Sisterson said Land Over Sea, quite possibly the headliner in the Black-Eyed Susan (G2) on Friday, May 20, is slated to follow Nyquist to the racetrack at 9 a.m. Wednesday.... Continue reading
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Josh Kurtz: House Freshmen Honor Roll

Ask Annapolis insiders to evaluate the 60-strong class of House freshmen so far and some say – with tongues only partly in cheek – that it’s easier to name the bad ones than the standouts. It may eventually be worth having a conversation about the lawmakers who are disappointments. But you also want to give these people some time, and the benefit of the doubt. Not every top-notch Annapolis legislator started out that way. Yet already, after just two legislative sessions, a consensus is building on the stronger members of the House Class of 2014. The top 10 are listed below. Some came to Annapolis with a lot of political experience – though none has held elective office before. Others are true political novices. Some are mere kids. And all seem to have bright political futures – whether they’re thinking that far ahead or not. We are refraining, for now, from... Continue reading
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