Headlines for Thursday, May 18, 2006

  • Tagg Takes Cautious Route With Funny Cide

    Funny Cide returns to the site of his smashing victory in the 2003 Preakness (gr. I) in Saturday's William Donald Schaefer Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico Race Course, where he will face six other older horses going 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

  • Strong Contender

    Strong Contender May Fly in Peter Pan

    While the country's best 3-year-olds battle at Pimlico Saturday for the Preakness (gr. I), a group of talented sophomores will line up in the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.

  • Pace Assured, Better Talk Now Back in Dixie

    After watching Better Talk Now's grand stretch kick compromised by a slow pace in last year's $250,000 Comp USA/Toshiba Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT), trainer Graham Motion is more surprised than anyone that he will saddle the 2004 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) champion for Saturday's Pimlico renewal.

  • Friendly Island Faces 6 in Maryland BC Sprint

    Friendly Island, conditioned by Todd Pletcher, tackles the Richard Dutrow Jr. trainee Kazoo in Saturday's $200,000 Emirates Airline Maryland Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap (gr. III) on the Preakness (gr. I) undercard at Pimlico Race Course Saturday.

  • California Horse Farm Owner Injured by Stallion

    Ellen Lee Jackson, owner and manager of Victory Rose Thoroughbreds in Vacaville, Calif., suffered several broken ribs, a punctured lung and numerous bite wounds to her back when she was attacked by a stallion May 14.

  • Jockeys' Fund Unites Industry, But IHA Plan a Question

    The launch of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund is a clear sign the relationship between jockeys and other industry groups is improving, but they remain at odds over a proposal by some members of Congress to amend the Interstate Horseracing Act to provide insurance for jockeys and others who make their living at the racetrack.

  • Top Three Derby Finishers Nominated to Colonial Downs' Turf Stakes

    Colonial Downs' early closing of their twin million dollar 3-year old turf races -- the Colonial Turf Cup and the Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) --have drawn 107 nominations, including Barbaro, Bluegrass Cat and Steppenwolfer, top three finishers in the Kentucky Derby Presneted by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro tunes up for Saturday's run at the second jewel in the Crown.

    Barbaro Works Quarter-Mile Thursday in Final Preakness Prep

    Barbaro, installed as the even-money morning-line favorite for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I), galloped strongly and "blew out" a quarter of a mile in an unofficial :24 1/5 Thursday at Fair Hill Training Center in his final prep for the classic at Pimlico Racecourse.

  • Louisiana Jockey Bill Advances to Senate Floor

    An undisclosed agreement between Louisiana racetracks and the Jockeys' Guild caused the latter organization to take a neutral stand on a bill in the Louisiana Senate limiting the ability of riders to raise frivolous lawsuits.

  • Evan Hammonds reports from Pimlico - updates throughout the day.

    Thursday Morning Line at Pimlico

    In the day's fifth race, Armed Brat, a 3-year-old running under an $8,000 tag, breaks his maiden in gritty fashion while between horses. The winning jockey is 18-year-old Kyle Kaenel.