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Is the future of the Preakness in Baltimore?

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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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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—OTA report, fans excited about young D-line

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—OTA report, fans excited about young D-line

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, May 25, 62 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington

Trades, misses and mistakes explain Redskins' dead cap—This post does a good job of outlining where the Redskins’ dead cap came from. It should be noted that dead cap is a part of the cost of doing business in the NFL and the Redskins have done fairly well managing it this year. Only about a dozen teams have less dead cap on the books than the Redskins $5.2 million. 

Tandler's Take—The best- and worst-case scenarios for the 2018 Redskins—I received some comments saying that my worst-case scenario, a 6-10 finish, is not low enough. Since we’re talking about events that won’t begin to happen for about three and a half months, I can’t really argue with them. But it’s just hard for me to see them dropping more than a game from last year when they were hit harder with injuries than any other team in the NFL. 

Pre-OTAs Redskins player one-liners, defense—An extension for Matt Ioannidis seemed preposterous a year ago, now it seems like a good idea. How many sacks for Lanier? When will Ryan Anderson get his first sack? Plus offensive player one-liners here

Redskins OTA practice report—QB Alex Smith sharp—You can’t tell everything from OTAs, but you can tell some things. Taking another look at this post, I gave a good, detailed look at the session, but I didn’t really mention the overall feel, which was fun and energetic. 

Tweet of the week

Certainly, Derrius Guice is the fan favorite of the rookie class. But the great reaction to this tweet shows that there is plenty of love for Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen, last year’s top pick. 

In 2016, the starting defensive line consisted of Ricky Jean Francois, Chris Baker, and  Ziggy Hood. The top reserve was Cullen Jenkins. They all had their good qualities and made some plays. But Baker was the youngster of the group and he turned 30 during the season. It clearly was a group on the decline. 

Two years later, the picture is quite different. Payne and Allen lead a younger group that will get better over the next few years. Matt Ioannidis, Anthony Lanier, Tim Settle, and Stacy McGee should round out the group. McGee is by far the senior member of the group at age 28. None of the others have celebrated his 25thbirthday yet. 

Fans should perhaps temper their optimism with the knowledge that potential doesn’t always develop into performance. But unlike years past there is something to look forward to. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler

Timeline  

Days until:

—Minicamp (6/12) 18
—Training camp starts (7/26) 62
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 76

The Redskins last played a game 145 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 107 days. 

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