Preparations continue for this weekend's Preakness Stakes as reports surface that there's talk the race could move from Pimlico Racetrack to nearby Laurel. Nothing is definite.
As Baltimore officials make their case for the race staying, we take the pulse at Pimlico.
With just two more days until the 142nd running of the Preakness, horses make their early morning practice runs, owners, trainers and others enjoy the annual Alibi Breakfast.
And talk turns to the viability of the Preakness staying at Pimlico racetrack.
D. Wayne Lukas, one of the most popular racehorse trainers in history says loves Pimlico
"the thing that makes the Preakness special is not the track.. its' the personnel"
Lukas says the Preakness could survive somewhere else.
"they could hold it in a wide spot in the road outside of Baltimore and it's still gonna be good if they got that personnel"
Jonathan Gables is part of that personnel. He's been working at Pimlico since the 80's.
He can't imagine the Preakness anywhere else. "to me it wouldn't be a good move because to me, the history.
The history is right here. That's like taking the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs with the twin spires."
Tom McKenna is the cattle farmer turned race horse owner whose taking part in his first Preakness with 15-1 favorite Conquest Mo Money.
"this is a true horse race here... they've treated us very well here and we're very happy."
There's that theme again.. being treated well. While the hospitality keeps them happy, it's the horse racing that keeps them coming back.