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The future of Pimlico: Transforming the course, developing the community

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Posted at 10:34 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 16:10:30-05

PARK HEIGHTS, Md. — We are nine days from Christmas, but there's another tradition we celebrate on the third Saturday in May, but that may be up in the air.

That tradition? Pimlico.

Preakness has called Baltimore home for more than 100 years. While the race is staying put for now, there could be some major changes coming our way, including a complete redevelopment.

The plan is for the race track to rotate and have less permanent buildings to make the complex more diverse.

"But at no point in time would the Preakness leave. the commitment and agreement that even at their cost the jockey club has agree to run the Preakness throughout the construction process."

Bill Cole spent the night showing the Park Heights community the plan for Pimlico and the Laurel Race Course.

"It is impossible to separate the two, you can have the Preakness the stakes here and not have laurel park rebuilt because the active training at one location or another and it can't happen here," Cole said.

That frees up Pimlico to also function as a community facility.

The plan is to complete the work on the race tracks in four years and then to move on to developing the 50 acres in the surrounding area.