‘Dream’ Team wants to keep running Kentucky Derby Champ for the Good of Horse Racing

Triple Crown trophyBALTIMORE — When American Pharoah followed his historic Triple Crown run in 2015 by racing three more times and ultimately closing his amazing 3-year-old season with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, owner Ahmed Zayat put untold millions at risk to give more horse racing fans the opportunity to see the sport’s newest superstar. The… [Read more…]

Always Dreaming The Big Preakness Favorite

With the post positions to be drawn today, Always Dreaming remains the clear favorite Tuesday heading into the Preakness Stakes. The Kentucky Derby winner has 10/11 odds to win Saturday’s race and his odds to win the Triple Crown are 11/4 compared to 2/9 to lose, according to betting side Bovada. In a routine 1… [Read more…]

Preakness primer: Derby Winner is top story line

Churchill winner's circleLast year, the Preakness Stakes was labeled as the next meeting in the intense rivalry between two West Coast colts, Nyquist and Exaggerator, who ran first and second, respectively, in the Kentucky Derby.

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Exaggerator turned the tables and won the Preakness, with Nyquist finishing third. Southern California racing was on top. This year the thinking is… [Read more…]

5 Preakness Storylines as Always Dreaming goes for another Triple Crown jewel

BALTIMORE — Neither mud nor inexperience nor the ambitions of 19 other gifted and unpredictable thoroughbreds could keep yet another favorite from winning the 143rd Kentucky Derby. Always Dreaming did not quite fit our usual image of a Derby leading man. He had never even run a stakes race before April 1 and his trainer, Todd… [Read more…]

Always Dreaming energetic in morning work at Pimlico

For just a moment Monday morning, the old anxiety rose inside Todd Pletcher as he watched Kentucky Derby champion Always Dreaming bounce onto the track at Pimlico Race Course. As he had been in his first days at Churchill Downs in preparing for the Derby, the willful colt was so excited that he seemed ready to… [Read more…]

Always Dreaming takes to Pimlico for light training

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming took to the Pimlico racetrack for a light jog Wednesday morning to begin preparing for the 142nd Preakness Stakes on May 20. The colt jogged around the track under an exercise rider and in the company of a pony in his first training session that was overseen by assistant trainer Ginny… [Read more…]

Always Dreaming arrives at Pimlico for 142nd Preakness

Triple Crown trophyBALTIMORE — An apparently carefree Always Dreaming stepped from his van at 11:08 a.m. Tuesday and made his way to Stall 40 at Pimlico Race Course, the spot traditionally reserved for the Kentucky Derby champion. The colt’s relaxed mood was good news for trainer Todd Pletcher, who experienced several nervous moments in Kentucky because Always Dreaming… [Read more…]

KY Derby Champ Always Dreaming arrives Today for May 20 Preakness

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming will arrive at Pimlico Race Course on Tuesday morning to get an early start on preparations for the May 20 Preakness. It’s a strategic move for trainer Todd Pletcher, who endured several tense moments as he tried to settle Always Dreaming in the runup to the Derby. The colt struggled to… [Read more…]