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Baltimore is a sports town through and through – home to four professional sports teams, one of Visit Baltimore - Oriole Park at Camden Yards. daytime shotthe leading fitness wear makers in the country, Under Armour, and some of the greatest athletes in the world, like Michael Phelps, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Babe Ruth. So it’s no surprise that some of the biggest sports meeting and convention groups choose Baltimore. Baltimore is excited to welcome the following groups to Baltimore in the coming months. Continue reading

Frank J. DeFrancis Dash, Jim McKay Maryland Million reviving Racing in Maryland

The Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash, a yearly event at Laurel Park racetrack, ran on November 14th in Prince George’s County. Hailed as one of the most elite sprints in the country, the DeFrancis Dash features top thoroughbred horses age three and older competing over a distance of six furlongs. Saturday marked the 24th running of the Memorial Dash.

DeFrancis Dash Pic 1The race was named after the late Frank J. DeFrancis, who had taken over as Chief Executive Officer of Laurel Park racetrack in 1984. As CEO of the racetrack, he was determined to change the magnitude and impact of thoroughbred racing in Maryland. The year following his death in 1989, the first inaugural DeFrancis Dash was created in 1990 and held at the Pimlico Race Course. The following year the “Dash” was moved to Laurel Park, and every year since then, has been a huge success.  Continue reading