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.
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.
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.
With Funny Cide and Peace Rules stabled in New York, and not expected to ship out for another day or two, Pimlico finally landed their own big two when Bob Baffert and D. Wayne Lukas arrived from Louisville early Wednesday.
B. Wayne Hughes and Biscuit Stable's Atswhatimtalknbout, a late-running fourth to Funny Cide in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), returned to serious training with a sharp half-mile breeze on Wednesday at Churchill Downs.
A case of colic has knocked Champali out of Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Lloyd Madison Farms, IV's son of Glitterman was to ship to Pimlico in Baltimore from his base at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning.
Three Churchill Downs-based contenders for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) completed their serious training for the second jewel of the Visa Triple Crown with workouts on Tuesday at the Kentucky track.
Bob Baffert said Monday evening that James McIngvale's During is a possibility for Saturday's Preakness Stakes, although the Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness undercard is also being considered.
Trainer Barclay Tagg said Monday that Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide will likely remain at Belmont Park in New York until Saturday, when he will be shipped to Pimlico Racecourse to compete in that day's Preakness Stakes.
The Preakness field has now doubled in size from last week with the confirmations of New York Hero and Foufa's Warrior as definite starters for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Senor Swinger, winner of the Crown Royal American Turf (gr. III) on the Kentucky Oaks card, breezed five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 Monday at Churchill Downs as he continued to work toward Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico.
The field for the 128th Preakness Stakes in back up to 10 with the addition of Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Ten Cents a Shine, who is coming off an eighth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby at odds of 37-1.
Bob Baffert said Sunday that Indian Express will not run in the Preakness due to a minor foot problem that will prevent him from working the colt this week.
With the additions of Kissin Saint and Alysweep, the field for the 128th Preakness Stakes is now up to 10, with several others also eyeing the race.
Bobby Frankel finally has his Preakness starter confirmed. Frankel informed Pimlico stakes coordinator David Rollinson Sunday morning that Peace Rules will be his only runner in the second leg of the Triple Cown.
Just hours after saying that Empire Maker would point to the Preakness Stakes, trainer Bobby Frankel had second thoughts, and as a result, the Kentucky Derby runner-up is back out of the Preakness picture.
Bobby Frankel said Saturday, in wake of the investigation regarding the possibility of Jose Santos carrying a suspicious object in the Kentucky Derby, he and Juddmonte Farms have decided to point for the Preakness Stakes with Empire Maker.
Lloyd Madison Farm's Champali, winner of the John Battaglia Memorial and second to Midas Eyes in the Derby Trial Stakes, has re-entered the picture as a possible starter for next Saturday's Preakness Stakes.
William S. Farish's Midway Road is scheduled for a Monday breeze at Churchill Downs that could help trainer Neil Howard to decide whether the colt will be a definite starter in the Preakness (gr. I) May 17.
HorseRacing TV (HRTV) will offer a steady stream of live coverage from Pimlico Race Course next week in advance of the May 13 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
D. Wayne Lukas has enlisted the aid of longtime partner, Gary Stevens, in his effort to derail the Visa Triple Crown bid of Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide in next week's Preakness.
With the defection of Empire Maker, Cherokee's Boy, winner of the Federico Tesio Stakes, is now likely to run in the Preakness Stakes, trainer Gary Capuano said Thursday. The addition of Cherokee's Boy brings the probable field to seven.
Juddmonte Farms' Empire Maker, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby, will not not run in the Preakness, and will go straight to the Belmont Stakes, trainer Bobby Frankel said Thursday morning.
During nearly 30 years on the Mid-Atlantic circuit, the closest trainer Barclay Tagg ever got to the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) was a bird's eye view from the Pimlico backstretch. But this year, things figure to be vastly different for the newly-minted Kentucky Derby-winning conditioner.
William Farish's Midway Road, an 11 3/4-length allowance winner at Keeneland in his last start, is a probable starter for the 128th Preakness, trainer Neil Howard said Wednesday. In other Preakness developments, Eye of the Tiger and Champali will not run, leaving a possible field of seven.
With the Kentucky Derby taking its toll physically on several of the top contenders, it looks as though no more than eight horses will contest the Preakness Stakes. The second jewel of the Triple Crown likely will attract the first three finishers of the Derby.
Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert said that Indian Express appeared to come out of his rugged Kentucky Derby journey well and would consider a run in the Preakness for the colt.
Because the Pimlico Special (gr. I) has been moved this year to the day prior to the Preakness (gr. I), a Daily Double will be offered on the two races.
Blood-Horse staffers Steve Haskin and Skip Dickstein are among the person who will be honored at this year's Alibi Breakfast, The Maryland Jockey Club announced today.
Pimlico announced it will run 27 stakes races (11 graded) for purses of $4,235,000. during its spring meeting that opens April 2.
The Maryland Jockey Club today unveiled the 2003 Preakness logo. The 128th running of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the middle jewel of the Visa Triple Crown, will be run May 17, 2003 at Pimlico Race Course.
The Maryland Racing Commission approved the 2003 racing schedule at its monthly meeting. Live racing will be conducted on 220 days at Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park next year. The 128th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) is May 17 at Pimlico.
By Tom Keyser
Boy was I naïve. When I started covering horse racing in March 1996 I thought this would be fun.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick
Has it really been 18 years since Chief's Crown came storming down the Hollywood Park stretch to defeat Tank's Prospect and Spend a Buck in the first Breeders' Cup race ever run?
The $17-$18 million deal to send Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem to Japan to stand at stud includes the 10% stake Chicago industrialist Russell Reineman had in the horse.
NBC Sport's coverage of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) earned a final rating of 7.6 and captured 21% of the viewing audience. The rating was highest since 1989 when the race earned an 8.5.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem will be shipped on Sunday to trainer Bob Baffert's Santa Anita barn in Southern California.
The total all-sources handle for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) reached $71,468,223, a 14% increase over last year, according to the Maryland Jockey Club.
Youbet.com broke its single-day handle record of $1 million following the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) on May 18.
Gloomy weather depressed on-track wagering for the 127th Preakness Stakes (gr. I), but interest in the race around the country helped Pimlico Race Course set several wagering records.
NBC Sports coverage of the 127th Preakness Stakes Saturday generated a 6.5 overnight rating and 15 share (5-6:45 p.m. ET), the highest overnight rating for the Preakness since 1990's 7.8/20 on ABC, according to Nielsen Media Research.
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