On the eve of the Preakness Stakes, Maryland-trained Animal Kingdom is getting a pep talk from a high-profile visitor: Gov. Martin O’Malley(D).
The governor is scheduled to trek Friday to a horse training center in the northeastern corner of the state, where he will “wish Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom well as he prepares for the Preakness Stakes on Saturday,” according to an advisory from O’Malley’s office.
Following a private stable tour at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, led by trainer Graham Motion, O’Malley plans to discuss the future of horse racing in Maryland, aides say.
Among the more than 200 bills O’Malley signed into law Thursday is one that will use some existing slot-machine gambling revenue to subsidize racing operations.
Both O’Malley and Animal Kingdom should get some camera time Saturday during NBC’s broadcast of the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Post time is 6:19 p.m.