Preakness undercard race to be named for Lang

BY foxsports • March 19, 2010

The Maryland Jockey Club says it will honor the late Chick Lang by renaming a race on the Preakness undercard for the former general manager of Pimlico.

Lang died Thursday of natural causes at 83.

The Hirsch Jacobs Stakes will be renamed for Lang. The Grade 3 sprint race will be run May 15.

Lang worked at Pimlico from 1960-87, serving as racing director, vice president and general manager. Preakness attendance rose from more than 30,000 in 1960 to nearly 88,000 during Lang's time.

Lang wanted to be cremated and have his ashes spread at Pimlico in the Preakness winner's circle. The Maryland Jockey Club says the ceremony could take place the opening day of Pimlico's spring meet on April 17 or during Preakness week.

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