Preakness Stakes 146
Preakness Stakes and Pimlico Race Course wanted to prevent drones from interrupting operations and/or taking illegal footage. Drones posed a physical threat to the horses, riders, and fans in attendance. Perimeter security needed to be extended into the airspace, to ensure race day operations were drone-free.
Dedrone worked with Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes, and security teams from Maryland Jockey Club in the weeks leading up to the event for a pre-event installation and threat assessment. The threat assessment revealed likely takeoff and landing locations and provided pre-event intelligence to predict airspace activity and develop data-driven standard operating procedures in the event of a race day incursion. A fully integrated Dedrone solution provided airspace situational awareness. Data from the multi-sensor setup was automatically fused and analyzed by DedroneTracker, to provide complete view of airspace activity.
As a result of the pre-event threat assessment, DedroneTracker provided security personnel with predictive analytics, identifying hotspots and likely positions of unauthorized drone pilots. On multiple occasions before race day, unauthorized drone pilots were detected and located using Dedrone, and enabling security teams to respond to the threat in real-time. By race day, Pimlico Race Course experienced zero drone disruptions, broadcasters were able to film the event without any interruptions, and the 146th Preakness Stakes (G1) was won handily by Rombauer.
As the Chief Security Officer for 1/ST, owners of the Preakness Stakes, and as former Chief of Operations for the FBI’s Counter UAS Unit, I knew Dedrone was the ideal airspace security partner to provide detection, analytics and protection for our event. Dedrone allowed our team to focus on executing the safe, stellar race day operations that 1/ST is known for.
Rob D’Amico, Chief Security Officer for The 1/ST Group of Companies, Former FBI Counter-UAS Unit Chief