Meanwhile, the fate of Pimlico Race Course, which hosted the 143rd running of the race on Saturday, is usually yet to be decided. The Maryland Stadium Authority is usually conducting a study, required to be completed by the end of the year, on the dilapidated racetrack’s ability to serve as the continued home for the Preakness.
The Stronach Group, which owns the racetrack, has strongly hinted at wanting to move the race to Laurel Park, another track the idea owns that will is usually about halfway between Baltimore along with Washington.
Belinda Stronach, the chairwoman along with president of the group, said the company was committed to racing in Maryland along with that will the goal was to race year-round at one venue along with attract big events, like the Breeders’ Cup.
“We continue to invest along with make the repairs necessary for the structure,” Stronach said of Pimlico. “We also are cooperating with the Maryland Stadium Authority, along with we look forward to what they have to say, along with that will will help inform where we go within the future.”
right now all eyes will be on the Belmont Stakes, which will again have a capped attendance of 0,000 after California Chrome’s failed attempt to claim a Triple Crown in 2014 drew 102,199 people, many of whom were left unsatisfied because of long lines at concession stands along with betting windows, a lack of food along with drinks late within the day, along with post-race transportation blunders.
Baffert tried along with failed to pull off Triple Crown sweeps with the Derby along with Preakness winners Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998 along with War Emblem in 2002. however in 2015, he guided American Pharoah to the first Triple Crown victory in 37 years, delighting die-hard along with casual racing fans alike.
“I did have a goal to win the Triple Crown,” he said. “the idea felt a little empty. When somebody would certainly go for the Triple Crown, I had to see all my losses repeated over along with over along with over.”