Debate continues about the Preakness at Pimlico

While officials debate whether the Preakness can remain at Pimlico Racetrack, we take a look at how people feel about a potential move.

BALTIMORE, MD (WUSA9) - 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.

On Thursday, just two days until the 142nd running of the Preakness, horses made their early morning practice runs, while owners, trainers, and others enjoyed the annual Alibi Breakfast.

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Inevitably, talks turned to the viability of the Preakness staying at Pimlico.

D. Wayne Lukas, one of the most popular racehorse trainers in history, said he loves Pimlico.

"The thing that makes the Preakness special is not the track. It's the personnel," he explained.

Lukas said 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," he added.

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," Gables said.

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Tom McKenna is the cattle farmer turned race horse owner who's 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," he said.

The theme—being treated well. While the hospitality keeps them happy, it's the horse racing that keeps them coming back.

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