From a Maryland Jockey Club release
The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that Sagamore Racing will be the named sponsor of the $300,000 Pimlico Special Friday, May 15.
The Sagamore Racing Pimlico Special, contested May 15 for the 45th time, is for 3-year-olds and up at 1 3/16 miles. The race has a rich history of attracting some of Thoroughbred racing’s biggest names, including Seabiscuit, Cigar, War Admiral, Invasor, Real Quiet, Skip Away, Criminal Type, Assault and Mineshaft.
In addition to sponsoring the Pimlico Special, Sagamore Racing will present a check to Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance in the winner’s circle after the race in the amount of $30,000.
Located in Glyndon, Maryland, Sagamore is owned by Kevin Plank and is recognized as a premier breeding and training facility and the breeder of multiple graded-stakes winner Daring Dancer and the owner of graded-stakes winners Humble and Hungry and Millionreasonswhy and 2010 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Shared Account.
“It only seems fitting that Sagamore Racing, with its rich tradition, partner with the Maryland Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance to sponsor the Pimlico Special, one of North America’s most celebrated races,” said Maryland Jockey Club’s Vice President and General Manager Sal Sinatra. “Kevin Plank’s generosity and initiative toward the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance shows his commitment to racing and the Maryland community.”
“We are pleased and honored to be part of such an incredible weekend for the state of Maryland as we continue our goal of promoting this great city of Baltimore through horse racing,” said Hunter Rankin, President of Sagamore Racing. “The Maryland Jockey Club and the TAA share our commitment to these beautiful athletes and we are proud to partner with them for the historic Pimlico Special race.”
Said Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance President Jimmy Bell: “What better way to continue raising national awareness and education than through Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Racing sponsoring one of America’s oldest and most prestigious races, the Pimlico Special. The leadership and true generosity from Kevin highlights the significance and importance of what the TAA initiative is all about. What an amazing partnership between Sagamore, Pimlico and the TAA. Hopefully this can become a model for even greater things to come.”