Articles posted May 15, 2009

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Rachel Alexandra Heavy Preakness Choice

Rachel Alexandra Heavy Preakness Choice

If the payoffs for the daily double involving the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) and Preakness (gr. I) are any indication, the filly Rachel Alexandra will be the big favorite for the middle leg of the Triple Crown.

Ludt on Top of the World with Friesan Fire

Ludt on Top of the World with Friesan Fire

Tom Ludt was sitting on top of the world. It was the morning of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and after I Want Revenge was scratched, Friesan Fire became the new favorite in the classic. Ludt is the general manager of Tom Simon's Vinery, which owns Friesan Fire in partnership with Rick Porter's Fox Hill Stable.

Mel Stute Interview

Mel Stute Interview

Dan Liebman talks to legendary trainer Mel Stute, trainer of 1986 Preakness winner Snow Chief, and father of Gary Stute, trainer of Papa Clem.

Preakness Starters Opt for Indoor Paddock

Preakness Starters Opt for Indoor Paddock

It has long been the tradition for starters in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) to saddle on the turf course at Pimlico Race Course, but more than half of this year's field -- including morning-line favorite Rachel Alexandra and Pioneerof the Nile -- will be saddled indoors, Maryland Jockey Club paddock judge Mario Verge said May 15.

THS: Preakness Edition

THS: Preakness Edition

Tom, Jason and the Wizard preview the Preakness.Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Preakness Stakes.

NARA Graduates to Compete in First Race

The North American Racing Academy will have a graduation race for its students Sunday, May 17. The race will take place during the 43rd running of the High Hope Steeplechase at The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

OBS June Sale Has 540 Horses

OBS June Sale Has 540 Horses

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. has cataloged 513 juveniles and 27 older Thoroughbreds for its June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age. The auction will be held in Central Florida June 16 and 17, with each session starting at 10:30 a.m. (EDT).

Figueroa Enjoys His Time with Mine That Bird

Figueroa Enjoys His Time with Mine That Bird

As Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), quietly goes about his business at Pimlico in preparation for the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), so does the man who has been at his side since the Birdstone gelding's unlikely Triple Crown quest began. Charlie Figueroa is Mine That Bird's excercise rider and groom.

TVG Plans Preakness Coverage

TVG will broadcast live from Pimlico Race Course this week, airing television's most comprehensive pre- and post-race coverage of the 134th Preakness Stakes (gr. I), including a special preview show.

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