Anirban Basu

Shifting the Preakness from Pimlico to Laurel Park might not be such a long shot

Shifting the Preakness from Pimlico to Laurel Park might not be such a long shot

Imagine a crowd of 75,000 — not the record-setting 135,000 of last year — with patrons dressed in casual-chic clothing streaming into $1,000-a-head luxury suites.

Imagine an empty infield, with a concert and picnic area pushed to the side rather than roaring in the center of the track.

Imagine looking out from the grandstand and seeing suburban strip malls and apartment complexes rather than the skyline of downtown Baltimore.

This is the vision of a Preakness held at Laurel Park instead of the race’s traditional home at Pimlico Race Course.

As preparations accelerate for the 142nd Preakness this weekend, state and city officials, along with the owner of Maryland...

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