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Plumbing issues at Pimlico forced most women's bathrooms to close during Preakness

Plumbing problems at Pimlico
Posted at 6:59 AM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-20 08:50:49-04

BALTIMORE — Preakness weekend ends with many memorable moments, as well as some that a lot of people might want to forget.

During the race, viewers saw Bode-Express make his way around the oval without his jockey, John Velasquez, who was thrown from the horse, right at the starting gate.

The winning horse of the second jewel in the Triple Crown was 'War of Will.'

SEE MORE: Photos from the 144th Preakness Stakes.

Pimlico owners saw a record number of bets; almost $100 million were placed at the 144th Preakness Stakes. The Stronach Group said that total surpassed their expectations. However, there was one area at Pimlico which failed to meet the needs of many guests.

Plumbing issues forced most of the women's restrooms to close on Saturday.

Pimlico faced its first water woes a week ago, when a water main break outside the main entrance last Tuesday left a huge hole in the ground by the grandstand in the days leading up to the Preakness.

Crews had it fixed and the hole filled within 48 hours. Then on Saturday, there were more plumbing problems at Pimlico.

Nearly all the women's restrooms were out of order because they were out of water.

One women's restroom remained open, but some were forced to use the men’s rooms causing longer lines.

The women’s bathroom wasn’t the only infrastructure issues for the aging racetrack.

A month before the Preakness, The Stronach Group said it was closing off nearly 7,000 seats in the northern grandstand out of safety concerns.

An engineering study conducted on the building found conditions had deteriorated so much that it would not be able to hold the weight of the crowd.

These issues trace back to the ongoing debate between the city and The Stronach Group.

Baltimore is criticizing how the owners have failed to maintain the track over the years. City leaders believe that millions of dollars should be invested to rebuild it, while The Stronach Group has its sights set on moving the Preakness to Laurel.