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SBD/May 23, 2011/Events and Attractions
Day At The Races: Preakness Attendance Up, Handle Down From '10
Published May 23, 2011
WALKING THE PLANK: In N.Y., Melissa Hoppert profiled Under Armour President, Chair & CEO Kevin Plank, whose "love of Maryland and his penchant to fix what is broken led him to his latest project: restoring the state’s horse racing industry." Plank said, "I thought someone should do something to help put Maryland racing back on the map. And I looked around, and frankly I fit the profile." Plank's foray into racing "began in earnest in 2007, when he bought a symbol of the sport’s storied past, Sagamore Farm, once owned by the industry titan Alfred G. Vanderbilt." One of Plank's horses, Shared Account, won the $2M Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf in November. His goal is to "build a barn full of what he calls Sagamore horses, 'gritty underdogs that run hard and always grind it out.'" Plank hopes that fans "will follow his stable the way football fans root for their teams" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/21).