Is the future of the Preakness in Baltimore?


Is the future of the Preakness in Baltimore?

BALTIMORE – The Preakness at Laurel? On a Sunday?

According to the new President and CEO of Pimlico, Sal Sinatra that’s a possibility.

The Stronach Group, which owns both Pimlico and Laurel, wants to have a first class facility in Maryland, much like Gulfstream Park in Florida and Santa Anita in California, which they also run.

Sinatra says Frank Stronach is focused on doing something in Maryland, and quickly.

“Frank wants to do something in Maryland, something grand,” Sinatra said.

It’s easier to renovate Laurel which has 300 acres, than Pimlico, which has half that number. Pimlico, which has hosted the Preakness every year since 1909, could be razed.

“Nostalgia to me as a racing guy is that the Preakness stays here. If I can’t do that, and we need to fix something, that may change,” Sinatra said.

“This building is old. You can’t just add suites and stuff to it. It’s almost a rebuild here, but Laurel’s a pretty healthy building. You can renovate,” Sinatra said. “Right now Laurel’s in the lead if there was only going to be one [track]. My goal is to try and not let that happen.”

A decision on the future of the Preakness could come by the end of the year, perhaps even sooner, and in 2016, the race, which has been held on the third Saturday of May, could move to Sunday.

“I think by the end of the year, I’ll know whether it’s going to be Laurel or not, and if it is Laurel, it probably would be on a Sunday,” Sinatra said.

Moving the Preakness could be tough politically. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said he wants to keep the race in Baltimore.

“I don’t think this is the last Preakness here, even if we did decide that,” Sinatra said.

Sinatra said that the Preakness could be as big an event at Laurel, which is 30 miles away, as it is at Pimlico. He envisions rebuilding a commuter rail station that’s outside the track’s entrance.

Even if the Preakness left Pimlico, it would still have a Baltimore presence.

“I think the core people would still stay in Baltimore. That’s where the restaurants and nightlife and the hotels are,” Sinatra said.

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On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

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Capitals place Taylor Chorney on waivers, which could signal something, or nothing

Capitals place Taylor Chorney on waivers, which could signal something, or nothing

When the Capitals acquired defenseman Michal Kempny on Monday, that put the team at the maximum of 23 players on the roster including eight defenseman.

Another move seemed likely and the Caps made it on Tuesday by placing veteran blueliner Taylor Chorney on waivers.

Teams now will have 24 hours to potentially claim Chorney. Should he clear at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, it is expected that he will be sent to the Hershey Bears of the AHL. Whether he is claimed or sent to Hershey, his entire $800,000 cap hit will no longer count against the Capitals' salary.

One important thing to note, however, is that placing Chorney on waivers was not required in order for Washington to remain under the salary cap.

Having eight defensemen would mean scratching two every game — assuming the team does not dress seven and after that failed experiment in last year's playoffs, why would they — which means it would be a struggle to make sure everyone gets consistent playing time in the final weeks of the season.

Perhaps placing Chorney on waivers is the team trying to get him more playing time to keep him sharp in case the team suffers injuries on the blue line and he is called upon in the playoffs.

Or perhaps it could mean something else.


Chorney played on Feb. 15, but that was during the mentor's trip. Barry Trotz's policy for those trips is to get everyone in at least one of those two games. Before that, Chorney had not played since Jan. 2. It certainly seems like the team was comfortable with him being the designated No. 7 and was not all that concerned about getting him regular playing time before now.

When asked if the Kempny trade would mean any roster moves, Trotz said Monday that he was not sure and hinted that perhaps more moves could be coming from general manager Brian MacLellan. Moving Chorney's salary off the books does not clear much cap room, but it does clear some.

Perhaps MacLellan has another move up his sleeve before Monday's trade deadline.