The city of Baltimore has filed a lawsuit to prevent the Preakness Stakes from leaving town after 2020. The Stronach Group, which owns Pimlico Race Course where the Preakness has run since 1873 and a newer track in Anne Arundel County, which is about 30 miles from Baltimore, is trying to evoke state law to move the race.
Maryland law states the Preakness can be moved to another track in Maryland “only as a result of a disaster or emergency.” The city’s lawsuit asserts no such condition exists.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh filed the lawsuit to prevent the move. The suit also asks for the court to award ownership of the racetrack to the city through condemnation according to The Baltimore Sun.
The city of Baltimore asserts that Stronach has under-invested in the facility while investing instead in the facility they intend to move the race to.
The Preakness Stakes is the second leg of horse racing’s triple crown, the thoroughbred series that also includes the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes.