Quote of the Day

"We're not the genteel Kentucky Derby, and I don't think we should aspire to be."

-- Maryland State Delegate Todd Schuler, on Pimlico prohibiting fans from bringing outside beverages to Saturday’s Preakness Stakes
(Baltimore SUN, 5/15).   

Friday May 15, 2009 Vol. 15 — No. 166 Print This Issue

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  • Un-Stable Ground?

    The 134th running of the Preakness Stakes will be held Saturday afternoon, and despite promising storylines like the entry of filly phenom Rachel Alexandra, the uncertain future of the race at Pimlico remains the hottest topic. Following Magna Entertainment Corp.'s bankruptcy filing in February, the state of Maryland has had talks with at least a dozen potential Pimlico buyers, but some wonder if other Maryland tracks like Laurel Park could handle hosting the second leg of the Triple Crown. Meanwhile, officials expect ticket sales for Saturday's race to fall 10-12% from last year due to the economy, and the new, tamer infield rules prohibiting spectators from bringing their own beverages could also impact the gate. Still, those who do attend this year's Preakness are likely to get their money's worth, as SI.com's Tim Layden writes the event is "one of the most compelling horse races in many years," and ratings "could be better" than the strong numbers for the Kentucky Derby.

  • Calling A Penalty
    NHL claims Balsillie's bid for the Coyotes is "premised on several flaws," should be rejected.

    High-Bank Turn 
    Bank of America rebrands title of Cup race to boost visibility of its NASCAR credit cards.

    Check Minus
    Nike plans to lay off about 5% of worldwide staff, larger cuts than originally anticipated.

    Packing A Punch
    Pacquaio-Hatton bout draws huge PPV numbers in U.S., a positive sign for struggling sport.

    Going Out With A Bang
    Pens-Caps, Red Wings-Ducks Game Sevens earn record ratings on local RSNs.

    Home Field Advantage
    Larry Baer says Giants will maintain territorial rights in San Jose, despite pressure from A's.

    Gone, But Not Forgotten
    DEI hires Victory Management Group to handle the late Dale Earnhardt's legacy business.

    Out Of Gas
    Richard Petty Motorsports CEO Tom Redden suddenly resigns Thursday night.

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