A new LED, high-definition board—measuring 21-feet high and 32-feet wide in Pimlico's infield—will be installed this week as MJC prepares for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) Saturday, May 21. The LED board is just one of several improvements at Pimlico.
Meanwhile, at Laurel Park, the second of two new 142-stall barns will be completed and ready for occupation by the end of the week. The barn is part of a $20 million renovation and improvement program at Laurel.
The Maryland Jockey Club also announced it will expand the Turfside Terrace come Preakness weekend by approximately 450 seats, and new carpeting and flat-screen televisions have been installed in the grandstand upper box reserved seats section. A main booster pump has also been installed at Pimlico to prevent a loss of water pressure during big days, and new concessions and barshave ben added.
"We continue to try and enhance the live experience at our facilities and also make it easier for fans to watch our races through our off-track betting sites," said Maryland Jockey Club president Sal Sinatra. "We look forward to more renovations at Laurel, the Preakness meet at Pimlico, the 141st Preakness, and our continued investment in Maryland Thoroughbred racing."