GLYNDON, Md. -
After bucking the odds to become a major player in the sports apparel business, Kevin Plank is eyeing a similar role in horse racing.
Five years ago, Plank bought Sagamore Farm. The 530-acre training and breeding facility was once the home of Native Dancer, winner of the Preakness and Belmont in 1953. After spending millions of dollars to refurbish the farm, Plank is poised to take the next step in restoring Maryland to horse racing prominence.
Having already produced a Breeder's Cup winner and a Belmont Stakes entrant at Sagamore Farm, Plank will enter Tiger Walk in Saturday's Preakness. His ultimate goal, however, is to develop a Triple Crown winner.
Even though Plank is a relative newcomer to the sport, he says, "Why not us?"