The riders of the last three Triple Crown winners offered some advice for Jose Santos, the regular rider of Funny Cide as he bids for the Triple Crown on June 7. The riders, Ron Turcotte, Jean Cruget, and Steve Cauthen commented during a round-table teleconference sponsored by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
Out of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) with a low blood count, Alysweep bounces back for Saturday's $200,000 Peter Pan (gr. II) at 1 1/8 mile for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park.
Phillips Racing Partnership's Best Minister, impressive winner of the Sir Barton Stakes, will be supplemented to the Belmont Stakes for a $100,000 fee, as trainer Kenny McPeek attempts to catch lightning in a bottle for the second year in a row.
Team Valor Stable's Colita, a 3-year-old son of Grindstone, won Wednesday's seventh race at Belmont Park and in doing so, earned a trip to the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Last year Bob Baffert had a shot at the Triple Crown with War Emblem. This year he might not even start at horse in the June 7 Belmont Stakes, but he'll be watching.
Midway Road returned to the track Wednesday at Churchill Downs. Scrimshaw walked the Lukas shedrow and could go to the track Thursday. Ten Cents a Shine will take a break rather than go on to New York. Atswhatimtalknbout is scheduled to work Monday.
Total handle on the May 17 Preakness Stakes Day program at Pimlico Race Course topped $60 million for the third consecutive year, but it was down 9.5% from last year, according to figures released May 21 by the Maryland Jockey Club.
Ten Most Wanted, who finished a disappointing ninth in the Kentucky Derby at odds of 6-1, turned in a sharp 6-furlong breeze in 1:13 2/5 at Hollywood Park Wednesday in preparation for the Belmont Stakes.
From May 23 until June 7, when Belmont Park will host the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the race will be celebrated almost daily in greater New York City. There is a Belmont Festival at Chinatown; a hot dog eating contest, a street festival, and a hat contest.
Move over Derek Jeter, there's another New York-based athlete stealing the hearts of sports fans in the Big Apple. Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide, along with his connections, owner Sackatoga Stable, trainer Barclay Tagg, and jockey Jose Santos, were honored during a luncheon Tuesday at Gallagher's Steak House.
Trainer Bill Currin said on Tuesday that his and Al Eisman's stakes winner Outta Here, the seventh-place finisher in the May 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), is possible for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), but a final decision won't likely come until later this week.
Empire Maker breezed six furlongs on Belmont Park's fast main track after the mid-morning break Tuesday in a bullet 1:12 under jockey Aaron Gryder.
When he was 12, Lang remembers standing on the roof of the jocks' room watching the Seabiscuit/War Admiral match race. "I can close my eyes and see that race like it was run yesterday," Lang said.
It was Derby Week 1961. Thousands of people were gathered along Broadway to witness the annual Kentucky Derby Parade. This year, however, they were in for a big surprise. Unbeknownst to them, high above the parade, an aerial attack unlike anything they'd ever seen was about to commence.
The national rating for the last 75 minutes of NBC's Preakness Stakes telecast May 17 was down 12% from last year's number of viewers.
When New York-bred Funny Cide goes for a Triple Crown sweep in the Belmont Stakes, the sport of kings will be the king of sports in the Big Apple and throughout the Empire State.
Funny Cide broadsides his Preakness rivals in Baltimore by 9 3/4 lengths and the New York-bred heads to New York with a shot at the Triple Crown.
Coverage of the May 17 Preakness Stakes on NBC from 5-6:45 p.m. (EDT) earned a 5.6 overnight rating and a 15 share, compared with a 6.5 overnight rating and 15 share in 2002.
With all reserved seats sold out for Belmont Stakes Day, two seats in the clubhouse, originally worth $80, are currently for sale on eBay for $530 and climbing. There are still four days left before the bidding closes. That will just be the tip of the iceberg as New York's "Funny Frenzy" builds to a feverish pitch.
If Funny Cide sweeps the Triple Crown he will have earned it. Not only is a large field expected for the Belmont Stakes, but several of them will be talented newcomers to the Triple Crown scene, as well as some fresh horses who ran big in the Kentucky Derby.
A lifetime of horses and hard work, not sitting in front of the television, preceded trainer Barclay Tagg's 2:01.19 of fame on May 3.
You know that dream where you hit the home run that wins the World Series? Or the one where you earn an Olympic gold medal or hit the lottery? Jackson Knowlton and nine of his friends lived that dream May 3. One of the three horses they own won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Jose Santos is one of the masters of big-time race riding. In 1999, he denied Charismatic the Triple Crown when he booted Lemon Drop Kid home in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Last October, he guided Volponi to a 43-1 upset victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and on the first Saturday in May, the Chilean-born jockey won his first Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in seven attempts.
When Kenny Troutt and Bill Casner purchased Prestonwood Farm between Lexington and Versailles, Ky., and renamed it WinStar in January 2000, among the horses they acquired in the deal was Belle's Good Cide, who was then carrying a foal who would go on to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
They have come in all sizes and colors, with vastly different personalities, and every conceivable advantage. Yet the thing each has been remembered for, finally, was failing to get the job done.
Funny Cide, a New York-bred gelding, came to Kentucky under the radar screen, but he will return to the Empire State a star, winning the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) impressively Saturday and putting himself in a position to win the Triple Crown.
Trainer Neil Howard has been affectionately dubbed "Nervous Neil" by his friends and colleagues at Churchill Downs, but he was cool and confident as he accepted congratulations Sunday morning on his return to his home track.
Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel said that Peace Rules, fourth in the Preakness (gr. I), appears fine after shipping back to New York. Peace Rules will not compete in the Belmont Stakes, but Frankel will have Derby runner-up Empire Maker fresh for the 1 ½-mile classic.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide has three weeks to prepare for the biggest race of his career and trainer Barclay Tagg and assistant Robin Smullen have tentatively mapped out a plan for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide will seek to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner when he goes to post on Saturday, June 7th in the 135th running of the grade I, $1 million Belmont Stakes - the 1 1/2-mile final leg of the Visa Triple Crown for 3-year-olds.
Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide is the 3-1 co-favorite for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) as of early wagering registered by 4:32 p.m. Peace Rules is also now 3-1. At 7-2 is the Bob and Beverly Lewis entry of Scrimshaw and Senor Swinger. There is $459,714 in the win pool.
Trainer Kenny McPeek, who sent out eventual Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Sarava to win the Sir Barton Stakes a year ago, repeated in the $125,000 Sir Barton Saturday with Best Minister.
Former President Bill Clinton, among those packed into Pimlico's Turf Club on Preakness Day, predicted New York-bred Funny Cide, winner of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), would also win the Visa Triple Crown's second jewel.
Among those holding a radio, wearing jeans, and helping direct traffic on Preakness morning was Joe De Francis, the president of the Maryland Jockey Club, which operates the track that today will play host to the middle leg of the Triple Crown.
Unlike the Kentucky Derby when we had two weeks of observing the horses (a lot of good that did), the Preakness analysis will be based on bits and pieces of observation and basic handicapping.
Although WinStar Farm would love to have a Kentucky Derby winner under its colors, the victory in Derby 129 by the WinStar-bred Funny Cide was certainly the next best thing. It could get even better if he adds a Preakness (gr. I) win tomorrow.
Peace Rules is the favorite in the early wagering for Saturday's Preakness Stakes. The Derby third-place finisher is 5-2, while the Derby winner, Funny Cide, is 9-2.
Racing stewards at Churchill Downs have levied a $500 fine against 14 jockeys who wore a patch depicting the Jockeys' Guild logo on their pants in the May 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
All of the stakes races Saturday at Pimlico will offer head-to-head wagering. The Preakness pits Peace Rules against Funny Cide.
Declaring the controversy over the "phantom photo" was completely behind him, jockey Jose Santos said he was confident going into the Preakness Stakes aboard Kentucky Derby victor Funny Cide.
Barclay Tagg and Funny Cide arrived in Baltimore a day ahead of schedule, arriving at Pimlico Racecourse around 1:45 p.m. Friday afternoon. The trainer said the bad weather in the Baltimore area was the reason for shipping the day before the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Lisa Lewis is a dreamer, but she's also a realist. So, when she says she feels Kissin Saint is ready to make his presence felt against Funny Cide in tomorrow's Preakness, it might be wise to pay attention.
Here's what the Preakness horses were up to one day before the big race.
Pimlico track superintendent John Passero said he is confident the racing surface will be fast Saturday for the middle leg of the Triple Crown. "If the rain stops," Passero said Friday.
Links to Preakness stories elsewhere on the Web.
Chisholm, Jarvis and Reddam's Ten Most Wanted posted his first work Thursday since finishing ninth in the May 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), going a half-mile in :48 3/5 handily over Hollywood Park's fast main track.
There was little activity at Pimlico Thursday morning, with only four Preakness horses on the grounds. The highlight of the morning was D. Wayne Lukas doing his best Don Rickles impersonation at the traditional Alibi Breakfast.
Kissin Saint, owned by Michael Rankowitz and Peter Karches, arrived at Pimlico at approximately 9:15 Thursday morning and Kentucky Derby third-place finisher Peace Rules arrived in the afternoon. With the arrival of New York Hero later in the day, seven contenders for Saturday's Preakness Stakes were on the grounds.
The 10 Preakness starters Thursday continued final preparations for the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
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