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Steuart Pittman to visit Laurel Park after pictures of living conditions released

Posted at 8:53 AM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 08:53:25-04

LAUREL, Md. — We know the Preakness Stakes will be at Pimlico on the third Saturday in May this year and next year, but after that it's a gamble.

Earlier this week, a Delegate Nick Mosby raised concerns about the conditions at Laurel Park after showing the living quarters for the workers at the track. So now Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman is expected to visit Laurel Park to see the conditions for himself.

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Mosby states , "Considering the significant investment made by Maryland taxpayers, it is inexcusable that humans are living in the conditions shown and described to me where horses are prioritized over humans. The Stronach Group must be required to do better."

Now, the future of where Preakness will be held continues to grow as people question whether it will stay in Baltimore or go to Laurel.

Nick Mosby called on Anne Arundel County lawmakers to withdraw legislation that changes how the state funds upgrades to horse racing tracks.

"There are major accountability issues," said Mosby. To provide so much state money to an institution that's subjecting their employees to such harsh conditions is unacceptable."

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Preakness has been hosted in Baltimore at the Pimlico Race Course for more than 100 years and city leaders are fighting for it to stay in the city. But no matter what, Preakness will stay in Baltimore at least through 2020.

This year's event is scheduled for Saturday May 18.