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BALTIMORE (AP) – Esteemed trainer Bob Baffert always looks forward to making his once-a-year trip to Pimlico Race Course.

“It’s my favorite leg of the whole Triple Crown. I love the Preakness,” he said this week. “They just roll out the red carpet for you here.”

Unfortunately for Pimlico, Baffert is not unlike most horse racing fans in Maryland. He shows up for the Preakness, but during the rest of the year he’s got other places to go.

Thanks heavily to intervention by Gov. Martin O’Malley and the Maryland legislature, the Preakness will remain a fixture at Old Hilltop for years to come. The financially strapped horse racing industry, which was in danger of collapsing from lack of interest, will be subsidized over the next three years by money made from state slot machines, according to legislation signed by the governor Thursday.

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