Headlines for Saturday, May 18, 2002

  • Perfect Drift Tightens Up for Belmont Stakes

    Hours before his fellow sophomores squared off in the Preakness, Kentucky Derby third-place finisher Perfect Drift began his serious training for the Belmont Stakes with a five-furlong work at the Trackside training center in Louisville.

  • Megans Bluff Ends Drought With Mint Julep Repeat

    Megans Bluff was headed in the stretch but regrouped to win Saturday's $112,900 Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs. The 5-year-old bay daughter of Pine Bluff completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.87 on a good turf course in winning the race for the second straight year.

  • Victor Espinoza has reason to celebrate as War Emblem wins the Preakness Stakes.

    Triple Crown Threat: War Emblem Wins Preakness

    War Emblem will have shot to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner following his dramatic victory in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico. Following a wire-to-wire score in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) two weeks ago, jockey Victor Espinoza rated War Emblem off a quick pace, got to the lead on the turn, then held off a strong rally by Maryland-bred Magic Weisner to win by three-quarters of a length.

  • War Emblem Does It! Wins Preakness

    Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem took the second leg of the Triple Crown when he strode off to win Saturdya's Preakness Stakes over longshot Magic Weisner.

  • Strut the Stage struts his stuff in the Dixie Handicap.

    Preakness Day Stakes Report: Setting the Stage

    The Maryland Jockey Club made a few changes in Pimlico's stakes schedule this year, loading more quality racing into the Preakness Stakes weekend, including Preakness Day itself. Still, the top race of the undercard remained the Citgo Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) at 1 1/8 miles.

  • Anofferucantrefuse Upsets McDynamo in Aitcheson Hurdle Stakes

    Fox Ridge Farm's homebred Anofferucantrefuse beat favored McDynamo to the early lead, then was shadowed by that rival throughout the 2 1/8 mile course of the Joe Aitcheson Hurdle Stakes (NSA-I) en route to a two-length win Friday at Pimlico.

  • Snow Ridge is Tops in Maryland Breeders' Cup H.

    Snow Ridge got back on the winning track with a smashing 7 3/4 –length annihilation of the $200,000 Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) on the Preakness undercard at Pimlico.

  • Quidnaskra Takes Gallorette Stakes at Pimlico

    Quidnaskra tracked a slow early pace, pulled away on the second turn, and prevailed by three-quarters of a length to capture the $125,000 Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Preakness undercard.

  • McPeek Gets Preakness Day Win with Sarava

    Sarava made his North American stakes debut a winning one when the Ken McPeek-trained colt rallied for an impressive victory over Withers Stakes (gr. III) runner-up Shah Jehan in the $100,000-guaranteed Sir Barton Stakes for 3-year-olds on the Preakness undercard.

  • Katie Alexa of Erie, Pa., a veteran of previoius Preaknesses reads her racing form as she attends the Preakness Day activities at Pimlico.

    Rain Not Dampening Preakness Spirit

    Nearly an inch of rain fell overnight in Baltimore and Preakness Day dawned dark and blustery, but it hasn't dampened the spirit of fans who were making their way to Pimlico.