At age 83 of natural causes, Charles (Chick) Lang, who brought luster to the middle jewel in horse racing's triple crown, the Preakness Stakes. Born into the sport of kings—he was the grandson of a Kentucky Derby--winning trainer and the son of a Derby-winning jockey—Lang made his mark at the Baltimore track, where he would work from 1960 to '87 as director of racing, VP and G.M. Described as a "P.T. Barnumesque promoter," he tirelessly hyped the Preakness, once even floating hundreds of black and yellow balloons (the colors of the Preakness's flower blanket) over a Kentucky Derby parade. In '71, for better or for worse, he instituted Pimlico's open-infield policy, a staple of the modern race. Later in his life Lang consulted at tracks across the country and called races on the radio. "Chick always said he loved racing more than he loved me," Lang's wife, Nancy, joked to The Baltimore Sun. "And that was O.K."