Preakness Is Safe: Maryland Officials

Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010  |  Updated 7:30 PM EDT
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Preakness Is Safe: Maryland Officials

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Lookin At Lucky, with Martin Garcia aboard, moves over the finish line to win the 135th Preakness horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 15, 2010, in Baltimore.

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The Preakness Stakes is "safe," but details are still being worked out on the scheduling of live racing that has threatened the race, a Maryland official said.

The Maryland Racing Commission has rejected a drastically reduced live racing schedule for Laurel Park and Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course, the home of the Preakness, clouding the future of the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Gov. Martin O'Malley's chief legislative officer, Joseph Bryce, and the state's labor secretary met Monday with track officials.

Bryce said everyone agrees on the need to sustain racing in Maryland and track owners have no interest in not running the Preakness.

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