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Lion Heart Looks Ready to Peak

Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up Lion Heart made his first appearance on the Pimlico track Thursday morning, and if looks mean anything, the colt is ready for a peak performance in Saturday's Preakness Stakes gr. I).

Maryland Officials: Help Needed to Protect Industry

Maryland racing officials and politicians really didn't make any excuses during the May 13 Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course. Instead, they called on the racing industry to do everything it can to facilitate a turn of fortunes for horse racing in the state.

Smarty Arrives at Pimlico

Smarty Arrives at Pimlico

Mark it down...12:48 p.m. That's when Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones stepped off the van at Pimlico following his two and a half-hour trip from Philadelphia Park, where has been treated like royalty for the past week. Oh, yes, 20 minutes earlier, Rock Hard Ten and Borrego arrived from Louisville.

Youbet.Com To Sponsor Preakness Shuttle Service is providing shuttle service to and from the May 14 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course. The online wagering company is providing 10 coach buses to shuttle as many as 500 tourists from 16 hotels in and around Baltimore to the Preakness Stakes and back for this year's running of the second leg of the Triple Crown series.

Senate Passes Tax Bill Favorable to Horse Industry

The U.S. Senate passed an international tax bill that includes two provisions that are favorable for the horse industry. The first is the clarification that the 30% alien withholding provision does not apply to nonresident aliens wagering in foreign countries; the second is a reduction in the holding period for horses to qualify for capitol gains treatment from 24 months to 12 months.

Records Tumble at Barretts May Sale

The strong market for 2-year-olds in training continued with a record-breaking sale at Barretts' May sale of juveniles May 11. High water marks for average, median, and buy-back rates were eclipsed at the auction, conducted at the Hinds pavilion in Pomona California.

MJC Sets House Rules on Jockey Ads at Pimlico

The Maryland Jockey Club issued a list of house rules Tuesday for any jockey wishing to wear advertisements in races at Pimlico. Competitors of current sponsors enlisted by Triple Crown Productions and the MJC will not be allowed, which is similar to the rules in place at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

Sports Agent Steinberg Joins JMG in Marketing Jockeys

Prominent sports agent and attorney Leigh Steinberg has joined forces with Southern California-based marketing company Jockeys Management Group in trying to acquire advertising and sponsorship deals for jockeys.

Wet Track Unlikely for Preakness

There is less than a 50-50 chance that Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico will be run over a wet track, as was the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on May 1.

Silent Sighs Sidelined Due to Bone Chips

Silent Sighs Sidelined Due to Bone Chips

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod's grade I winner Silent Sighs will be sidelined for at least the next four months after being diagnosed with bone chips in both front ankles, trainer Julio Canani said. The California-bred filly most recently finished 10th of 11 in the April 30 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

Bluegrass Castle Burns

"The Castle," a prominent structure on Versailles Road in Woodford County, Ky., suffered severe damage Monday night when a fire apparently started around 8 p.m.

MID Turns Profit in First Quarter

MI Developments Inc., majority owner of Magna Entertainment Corp., reported a net income of $17.52 million on revenues of $324.93 million for the first three months of 2004.

Security for Preakness Announced

The Maryland Jockey Club announced safety and security procedures for Preakness weekend, including the May 15 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and the May 14 Pimlico Special (gr. I) /Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II). The track will again implement enhanced security procedures for its marquee events, with procedures being very similar to the enhanced procedures employed in 2002 and 2003. All persons and cars will be inspected upon entering.

An Outrage to Owners

An Outrage to Owners

By Ray Paulick -- Regulations that keep a trainer from defrauding an owner are not important enough to be enforced...

Ominous Clouds

By Dan Liebman -- Fletcher was very polished in congratulating Smarty Jones' owners, trainer, and jockey. But his ears had to be ringing from Churchill CEO Tom Meeker's comment that, "The sun wasn't shining too bright in Kentucky today but I have a slight feeling it was shining in Pennsylvania."

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