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Alibi Breakfast Award Winners Announced

Alibi Breakfast Award Winners Announced

Turf writer Sean Clancy, photographer Brandon Benson, columnist Dick Jerardi and sports producer Mike Pupo will be honored by the Maryland Jockey Club with this year's Preakness media awards during the annual Alibi Breakfast May 15 at Pimlico's Terrace Dining Room.

Castellano Reaches Milestone

Castellano Reaches Milestone

Jockey Abel Castellano reached the 1,000 win plateau when he guided Johnny Z. to victory in the fifth race at Laurel Park Wednesday afternoon. The 24-year-old achieved the milestone with his wife Claudia and two-year-old son Andrew in attendance.

Hard Spun Fights Back, Wins King's Bishop

Hard Spun Fights Back, Wins King's Bishop

Heavily favored Hard Spun, a colt who has made all the major dances for trainer Larry Jones this season, earned his elusive first grade I victory when he turned back a serious challenge from First Defence in the $250,000 King's Bishop (gr. I) for 3-year-olds at Saratoga Aug. 25.

Any Given Saturday Romps in Haskell

Any Given Saturday Romps in Haskell

Under a confident ride from Garrett Gomez, Any Given Saturday moved past pace-setting Cable Boy, then caught Hard Spun in mid-stretch and pulled away for a decisive 4 1/2-length victory in the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.

Diabolical Turns Up Heat in Vanderbilt Win

Diabolical Turns Up Heat in Vanderbilt Win

A freshened Diabolical sat patiently behind a hot pace for jockey Mario Pino, then turned in a powerful run from the eighth pole to edge a determined Attila's Storm in the $260,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga Saturday.

Gomez Replaces Pino on Hard Spun for Belmont

Owner Rick Porter and trainer Larry Jones have named Garrett Gomez to ride Hard Spun in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), replacing Mario Pino, who had ridden the colt in all eight of his previous starts. As of now, Hard Spun is considered 98% certain to run, according to Porter.

Diabolical Digs Down, Captures Maryland Sprint

Owner/trainer Steve Klesaris, injured in a motor vehicle accident the day before, couldn't be on hand at Pimlico Race Course Saturday to see his Diabolical win the $200,000 Emirates Airline Maryland Sprint Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico Race Course.

Ah Day Draws Off in Japan Racing Association

Jockey Mario Pino kept Ah Day in a holding pattern until two furlongs from the finish line, tapped him with the whip when he was ready and drew off to a commanding four-length victory in the $100,000 Japan Racing Association Stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday at Laurel Park.

Ah Day Draws Off in Japan Racing Association

Jockey Mario Pino kept Ah Day in a holding pattern until two furlongs from the finish line, tapped him with the whip when he was ready, and drew off to a commanding four-length victory in the $100,000 Japan Racing Association Stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday at Laurel Park.

Mario Pino Wins Five at Laurel

Jockey Mario Pino won five races at Laurel Park Sunday, including a 4 1/4-length victory in the $50,000 Pin Oak Stud LLC/Hildene Stakes with Cinnamon Charlie.

Misty Sixes Bounces Away to Obeah Win

Puglisi Stable's Misty Sixes established herself as one of the early favorites for the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. II) July 18 with an authoritative 2 1/2-length victory Saturday in the $100,000 Obeah Handicap for fillies and mares.

Dominguez Takes 2003 Maryland Honors

National riding leader Ramon Dominguez, who split time between Maryland and Delaware, had more trips to the winners' circle in Maryland than any other rider in the colony, winning 185 races at Pimlico and Laurel Park in 2003. Trainer Dale Capuano and owner Michael Gill again topped their divisions this year.

Smooth Manuevers, Richetta Romp at Laurel

Nick Sanna Stable's Smooth Maneuvers stole the $100,000 Anne Arundel Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Laurel Park Saturday, seizing the lead into the first turn and holding it the rest of the way to win by 2 1/2 lengths under jockey Mario Pino.

Boston Common Impressive in De Francis Prep

Friday's eighth race at Laurel Park could provide a candidate or two for next month's $300,000 De Francis Dash (gr. I), as two top contenders – Boston Common and Take Achance On Me – finished one-two in the $36,000 optional allowance test.

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