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Things looking up for Maryland horse racing

Spring brings renewal, and that was the feeling among some horsemen Wednesday, when the Maryland Jockey Club released a Pimlico spring stakes schedule that includes the return of the Grade III Allaire duPont Distaff on Preakness Day and a $100,000 boost to the purse for the day before's Grade II Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.

The MJC unveiled the stakes schedule after reaching agreement with the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and Maryland Horse Breeders Association. All that remains is for the Maryland Racing Commission to approve it Feb. 15 at its monthly meeting at Laurel Park.

"It certainly will be good for racing to get things back to at least where they were and perhaps a little ahead," said Chris Grove, who trained Silmaril to victory in the 2005 duPont Distaff. "That's all good. I'm not one of the trainers who will likely benefit from Preakness weekend stakes, but maybe it's a sign that the slots money, as it continues to come in, will begin benefiting the everyday races." Read More


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