An off-again, on-again love affair between the Maryland Jockey Club and
its signature race for the handicap division, the Pimlico Special, has
played out just north of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for a half century
now. The latest rebirth of the 13/16-mile Special will take place in
living color May 18, the day before the Preakness Stakes (gr. I),
racing’s second leg of the Triple Crown.