Headlines for Tuesday, May 10, 2005

  • Pleased Mullins Says Buzzards Bay to Skip Preakness

    Trainer Jeff Mullins, back at his Santa Anita stable where he'll prepare Buzzards Bay for a probable start in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 11, said he took pleasure in seeing how well the much-criticized California contingent did against the best the East Coast had to offer in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Nominations Made for Preakness Weekend

    The racing office of the Maryland Jockey Club Tuesday released the lists of nominees for the thirteen other stakes that make up Preakness (gr. I) weekend, May 20-21.

  • Afleet Alex, here finishing third in the Derby, ships to Pimlico today.

    Afleet Alex to Arrive First for Preakness

    Trainer Tim Ritchey confirmed Wednesday that Afleet Alex will be the first Preakness (gr. I) shipper to arrive at the Pimlico stakes barn. The third place finisher in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) is to get on a van Wednesday morning at Churchill and is expected at Old Hilltop in the late afternoon.

  • PVal to Have Knee Surgery

    Jockey Patrick Valenzuela will undergo knee surgery in the next couple of days and is expected to be out of action some four to eight weeks.

  • Bellamy Road breezing at Churchill Downs during Derby week.

    Bellamy Road Pops Splint

    Bellamy Road, who finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as the 5-2 favorite, popped a splint Tuesday morning in his left front leg and will miss at least 30 days of training.

  • Derby-winning jockey Mike Smith will participate in an online chat for bloodhorse.com.

    Jockey Smith to Answer Questions in Blood-Horse Online Chat

    Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who rode Giacomo to a 50-1 upset victory in Saturday's 131st Kentucky Derby (gr. I), will join The Blood-Horse's senior correspondent Steve Haskin for a special edition of bloodhorse.com's "Talkin' Horses" Wednesday at noon (ET; 9 a.m PT).

  • Giacomo, background, passes Closing Argument en route to winning the Kentucky Derby.

    Shockomo: Steve Haskin's Kentucky Derby Story

    Mike Smith stood by himself in front of the detention barn on the Churchill Downs backstretch. The May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) was still a week and a half away, and the mass influx of media was not due for several days. Smith, who had been riding regularly at Keeneland, gazed out at the track, watching the morning activities.