Abiding Star set to run in Preakness

 Parx Racing quarantine lifted

With the equine herpesvirus quarantine at Parx Racing lifted Tuesday afternoon, Abiding Star is set to join the Preakness field this Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. All Preakness runners must be on the grounds by noon Thursday, and trainer Ned Allard will van the 3-year-old colt over from the Pennsylvania racetrack Thursday morning. Sam Elliott, the… [Read more…]

Will Nyquist win this Saturday’s Preakness?

 These factors may make the difference

It’s tough being the middle child. Just ask the Preakness. It wasn’t always that way. Eleven times before 1932, when the current order was established, the Preakness was run before the Kentucky Derby. Twice it was run the same day. The reality of the current order is that no race in America will be bigger than… [Read more…]

Exaggerator: Trips to Pimlico remind Jockey Kent Desormeaux …

jockey riding a horse race Of His Untouchable Prime

The memories are clear, unvarnished over more than three decades and thousands of victories. Each time Kent Desormeaux returns to Maryland, as he will this week for the 141st Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, there’s a good chance someone will remind him about something he did in his early years as a teenage… [Read more…]

Triple Crown Hopeful Nyquist Prepares for Preakness

Triple Crown BALTIMORE — Kentucky Derby champion Nyquist ramped up his Preakness preparations Friday morning, galloping a mile in the drizzle at Pimlico Race Course.
“We’re very happy,” trainer Doug O’Neill said. “He was much more relaxed early on in his gallop, and then he finished up strong. He’s cooling out super, so we’re happy with how the… [Read more…]

Nyquist takes first jog at Pimlico

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 Kentucky Derby champion Nyquist took his first steps on the track at Pimlico Race Course just after 8:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday, exhibiting the composure that has carried him to the top of his 3-year-old class.
Assistant trainer Jack Sisterson said everything has gone according to plan in Nyquist’s preparations for the May 21 Preakness. The bay… [Read more…]

11 Things We Learned from Preakness 2015

 #2 is so true.

Here are some things we learned from Saturday’s Preakness:

Preakness 2015 logo small1. Baltimore can still throw a party. After weeks of national telecasts, headlines and news conferences focused on unrest in the city, Baltimore put on a much better face Saturday. Preakness Saturday offers the city an opportunity to shine in front of a national audience, and for… [Read more…]

The Fate of a Horse Named Preakness

The Derby is a race of aristocratic sleekness,
For horses of birth
To prove their worth
To run in the Preakness ~ Ogden Nash, noted poet, pundit and lover of Baltimore
BALTIMORE — And now comes that desperately needed pause on the Triple Crown highway when, for a single Saturday, a horse race is a horse… [read on for the history of the horse for which is named the 2nd jewel of the Triple Crown]

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Preakness Contenders work out at Pimlico for first time Thursday

Preakness 2015 logo small BALTIMORE — A group of Preakness contenders who arrived Wednesday afternoon from Kentucky got their first experience on the Pimlico Race Course track Thursday morning. Bob Baffert, trainer for Derby winner American Pharoah and Dortmund, who finished third, said both horses took to the track well. “This cold air really … puts them on their toes,”…

Preakness Longshot Look: The Maryland Horse

Preakness 2015 logo smallA horse-racing veteran of over 40 years, Jose Corrales knows enough ahead of his first Triple Crown race to know he’ll be best served during Preakness week living up to his prized colt’s name — Bodhisattva. The 3-year-old colt is named for the Buddhist term meaning “enlightened being.” Corrales, the owner and trainer, knows he has…