Apprentice rider Sarah Rook returned a winner after an absence of three months as Pimlico Race Course opened its spring meet March 30.
Kegasus, the controversial infield centaur mascot credited with helping attract more fans to the InfieldFest at the 2011 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will make a return appearance in 2012.
Pimlico Race Course has released its 2012 stake schedule that consists of 22 stakes, highlighted by the May 19 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), with purses totaling $3.425 million, an increase of $525,000.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced the selection of Denmark as the Host Nation of the 2012 International Pavilion at the Preakness Stakes.
Sheldon Russell and Dane Kobiskie wrapped up year-end titles in the jockey and trainer divisions, respectively at the major Maryland tracks after the Dec. 17 final card of the season at Laurel Park.
The Maryland Jockey Club concluded its spring meeting at Pimlico Race Course the weekend of May 20-22, posting average wagering figures which were 22% lower than the 2010 spring meet.
According to data provided by The Nielsen Company, ratings for NBC Sports' telecast of the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) showed a slight increase from year-ago numbers.
Apart may still be overshadowed by a prominent former stablemate-champion Blame-but similarities between the two horses exist. Read Blog
Two days following the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico, MJC president Tom Chuckas admitted a large part of this year's InfieldFest success rested on the shoulders of its centaur mascot Kegasus.
Adele Dilschneider's homebred Apart prevailed in a protracted stretch duel with Colizeo to capture the $100,000 William Donald Schaefer Memorial Stakes (gr. III) at Pimlico May 21.
Get ready for the Preakness by looking back at images from the week. View Slideshow
Irish-bred No Explaining finally held on for the first black-type score of her career when she prevailed impressively by a length over a strong late challenge from two rivals in the May 21 Gallorette Handicap (gr. III).
Ventana returned to his winning ways, as the 5-year-old finally did May 21 at Pimlico Race Course when he outdueled longshot Immortal Eyes to score the $100,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap (gr. III).
When Canadian Emma-Jayne Wilson won the inaugural $30,000 Pimlico Female Jockey Challenge at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland May 20, it was a no-brainer for her to turn around and donate the winner's share to a worthy cause.
Making only the fourth start of her career, Royal Delta took over just beyond the quarter pole and held off Buster's Ready in the stretch to score in the Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II) May 20 at Pimlico Race Course.
'What fun that was! What a good time!' declared Mary Wiley-Wagner after guiding second choice Mass Destruction to a 6 1/2-length victory in the Lady Legends for the Cure II.
If Dialed In captures the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico, his connections will receive the largest payout in Thoroughbred racing history of $6.1 million.
Bob Baffert and Nick Zito like their positions heading into the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Their horses, Midnight Interlude and Dialed In, each had excuses after failing to win the Kentucky Derby.
The Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, racing cards from Pimlico Racecourse that include the Preakness Stakes and Black-Eyed Susan Stakes will be covered by the NBC Sports Group, HRTV, and the Horse Racing Radio Network.
Evan and Steve Pallardy hold the fort while Tom and Jason are on location at Pimlico. Listen to all four handicapper's Preakness picks and contender thoughts. Watch Video
Donegal Racing's Paddy O'Prado, an Eclipse Award finalist from a year ago, returns from a six-month layoff to face seven rivals in the $200,000 Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) May 21 at Pimlico Race Course.
Animal Kingdom was a surprise winner of the Derby and came out of the race in great shape. But will the pace of the Preakness, which will likely be much swifter, be a benefit or a hindrance to the Triple Crown hopeful?
The 2011 Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course had a little bit of everything, including laughter and tears.
The comeback for millionaire Life At Ten continues May 21 when the daughter of Malibu Moon tops a seven-horse field in the Allaire DuPont Distaff (gr. III) on the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) undercard at Pimlico.
Ventana, the only previous graded stakes winner entered in the Maryland Sprint (gr. III), is seeking his first score outside California. The race, which attracted a field of nine, will be contested at six furlongs May 21.
Shared Account, winner of last year's Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), is the 4-5 morning-line favorite for the May 21 Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Preakness undercard.
A slew of participants for the May 21 Preakness Stakes arrived at Pimlico May 18 to contest the second jewel of racing's Triple Crown.
Expectations always were great for the handsome colt with the fancy pedigree.
For both the camaraderie and the cause, an elite group of retired female jockeys will return to Pimlico May 20 to compete in the Lady Legends for the Cure Race II.
Team Valor International's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Animal Kingdom galloped 1 1/2 miles over the synthetic Tapeta surface at Fair Hill Training Center near Elkton, Md. the morning of May 17.
Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom will likely face 13 3-year-old rivals at Pimlico May 21 in the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Pimlico officials said on May 8 that as many as four starters from the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) could gather in Baltimore on May 21 for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
The Blood-Horse news editor Tom LaMarra has been selected as one of two winners of the 2011 Old Hilltop Award that will be presented by Pimlico Race Course during the annual Alibi Breakfast.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced April 20 the public infield will be open Kentucky Derby Day, May 7.
Preakness Week will kick off with the "Down the Stretch for SGK" on Saturday, May 14 at Pimlico Race Course with part of the proceeds benefiting Maryland Affiliate of Susan Komnen for the Cure.
The headline event of the eight-week Pimlico stand is the 136th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 21.
The Maryland Jockey Club March 29 launched the 2011 Preakness InfieldFest campaign, "The Legend of Kegasus."
The Maryland Jockey Club has chosen Mexico as the host nation of the 2011 International Pavilion at Pimlico for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 21.
The Maryland Jockey Club has filed reports with the Maryland Racing Commission showing that Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), incurred rare losses in 2008 and 2009.
Unbeaten Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and Eclipse Award winner Uncle Mo is among the 364 3-year-old Thoroughbreds that have been nominated early to 2011 Triple Crown series.
The Maryland Jockey Club has released the 2011 Pimlico spring stakes schedule that consists of 22 stakes worth a total of $2.9 million.
- By Tom LaMarra
There still is no live racing schedule for 2011 in Maryland after a Dec. 21 meeting of the Maryland Racing Commission.
The co-owner of Maryland's race tracks is trying to secure a deal that would provide 140 days of live racing in 2011.
Maryland natives Forest Boyce and Chris Grove wrapped up year-end titles at the major Maryland racetracks in the jockey and trainer divisions respectively after the final card of the season Dec. 18 at Laurel Park.
The owners of Laurel Park and Pimlico intend to submit a plan to the Maryland Racing Commission to conduct 77 days of live racing during the first half of the 2011 season.
Maryland racing may seem like a comedy of errors, but it's no laughing matter. Read Blog
- By Tom LaMarra
Thoroughbred racing in Maryland for 2011 is in limbo after the Maryland Racing Commission rejected the Maryland Jockey Club's plan for 47 racing dates.
Can a company once mired in debt and known for its revolving door in the executive suite since it was created in 1999 provide substantive change in the troubled Maryland racing market? Read Blog
Lookin At Lucky redeemed himself in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), as he took the lead at the top of the stretch and stubbornly held off pacesetter First Dude and Jackson Bend under new rider Martin Garcia may 15 at Pimlico.
Deserving favorite claims Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) for Augustin Stable and trainer Jonathan Sheppard.
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