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OLD HILLTOP AWARD TO WBAL-TV’S DACHILLE

To be Recognized May 17 at Alibi Breakfast    

BALTIMORE – Chris Dachille, executive sports producer at WBAL-TV, will be presented with the Old Hilltop Award Thursday, May 17 at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course.

The Old Hilltop Award is given annually to an individual who covers Thoroughbred racing with excellence and distinction.

Dachille has covered every major sporting event in Baltimore since joining WBAL-TV in 2004. He has produced WBAL-TV’s extensive coverage of the Preakness and Black-Eyed Susan for 14 years. This will be his third as executive producer. WBAL-TV’s News Director Tim Tunison called Dachille the “backbone of WBAL-TV’s annual coverage of the Preakness Stakes.”

“It’s something I look forward to every year,” said Dachille of the Preakness. “I’m just floored to join names like Jim McKay, Gerry Sandusky and other great broadcasters who have won this wonderful award.”

The Alibi Breakfast, which began in the 1930’s on the porch of the historic Pimlico Clubhouse, features a gathering of media, owners, trainers, jockeys, horsemen and fans to celebrate the Preakness and gain interesting and humorous race predictions. 

About Pimlico Race Course

Legendary Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness® Stakes, the Middle Jewel in horse racing’s famed Triple Crown, first opened its doors on October 25, 1870, and is the second oldest racetrack in the United States. Pimlico has played host to racing icons and Baltimoreans have seen the likes of legendary horses such as Man o’ War, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Affirmed, American Pharoah and Cigar thunder down the stretch in thrilling and memorable competition. For more information on Pimlico, visit www.pimlico.com.

The Stronach Group is North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, home of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America’s top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world’s largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry. For more information contact David Joseph at david.joseph@marylandracing.com or call 954.658.7156.