Headlines for Friday, May 15, 2009

  • Kent Desormeaux with the Jockey Challenge winning check.

    Desormeaux Wins Pimlico's Jockey Challenge

    Kent Desormeaux, one of Maryland's all-time leading riders and a two-time winner of the Preakness (gr. I), took home the $14,000 first prize in the inaugural Pimlico Jockey Challenge May 15.

  • Rachel Alexandra at Pimlico<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8111012%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Alexandra Heavy Preakness Choice

    If the payoffs for the daily double involving the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) and Preakness (gr. I) are any indication, the filly Rachel Alexandra will be the big favorite for the middle leg of the Triple Crown.

  • Payton d'Oro cruises to victory in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8114993%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Payton d'Oro Wires Black-Eyed Susan Field

    Jockey Terry Thompson had one mount at Pimlico May 16 and he made the most of it, controlling the pace aboard Payton d'Oro to win the biggest race of the day, the grade II Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.

  • Heart Ashley (inside) holds off a determined Cinderella's Wish to win the Adena Stallions Miss Preakness Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8114693%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Heart Ashley Holds On For Miss Preakness Win

    Heart Ashley opened up on the turn for home, looked like she would coast to an easy win, and then had to hold off the late charge of Cinderella's Wish to win the $100,000 Adena Stallions Miss Preakness Stakes (gr. III) by a head May 15 at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Mr. Nightlinger Back On Top in McKay Sprint

    Mr. Nightlinger, one of the better turf sprinters in the country, overcame a wide starting berth under Jamie Theriot to post a 1 1/2-length win in the $98,500 Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico May 15.

  • Friesan Fire training at Pimlico Preakness Week.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8113168%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ludt on Top of the World with Friesan Fire

    Tom Ludt was sitting on top of the world. It was the morning of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and after I Want Revenge was scratched, Friesan Fire became the new favorite in the classic. Ludt is the general manager of Tom Simon's Vinery, which owns Friesan Fire in partnership with Rick Porter's Fox Hill Stable.

  • Mel Stute Interview

    Dan Liebman talks to legendary trainer Mel Stute, trainer of 1986 Preakness winner Snow Chief, and father of Gary Stute, trainer of Papa Clem.

  • Rachel Alexandra is one of 7 Preakness starters who will be saddled indoors.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8113474%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Preakness Starters Opt for Indoor Paddock

    It has long been the tradition for starters in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) to saddle on the turf course at Pimlico Race Course, but more than half of this year's field -- including morning-line favorite Rachel Alexandra and Pioneerof the Nile -- will be saddled indoors, Maryland Jockey Club paddock judge Mario Verge said May 15.

  • THS: Preakness Edition

    Tom, Jason and the Wizard preview the Preakness.Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Preakness Stakes.

  • NARA Graduates to Compete in First Race

    The North American Racing Academy will have a graduation race for its students Sunday, May 17. The race will take place during the 43rd running of the High Hope Steeplechase at The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

  • William J. Passmore

    Retired Jockey, Steward Passmore Dies

    Retired jockey and racing official William J. Passmore died May 14 at his residence near Annapolis, Maryland. The Westchester, Pa., native was 76.

  • No horse has been training better on a day-in and day-out basis than Mine That Bird.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8113172%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Haskin's Preakness Report: Taking a Shot

    Can Rachel Alexandra come back in two weeks and beat the boys after earning outrageous speed figures that suggest a bounce is imminent? Was Mine That Bird's shocking Kentucky Derby score a fluke or the birth of a superstar?

  • Papa Clem works at Pimlico on May 15.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8113174%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Papa Clem has Untimed Blowout

    Papa Clem, the Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner who turned in a lackluster five-furlong work in 1:05 at Pimlico on Tuesday, was given a sharp blowout by trainer Gary Stute Friday morning.

  • OBS June Sale Has 540 Horses

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. has cataloged 513 juveniles and 27 older Thoroughbreds for its June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age. The auction will be held in Central Florida June 16 and 17, with each session starting at 10:30 a.m. (EDT).

  • Mine That Bird and Charlie Figueroa at Pimlico Preakness Week.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8114690%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Figueroa Enjoys His Time with Mine That Bird

    As Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), quietly goes about his business at Pimlico in preparation for the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), so does the man who has been at his side since the Birdstone gelding's unlikely Triple Crown quest began. Charlie Figueroa is Mine That Bird's excercise rider and groom.

  • Calvin Borel and Rachel Alexandra made a good team in the Kentucky Oaks.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8062164%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Borel Confident in Decision to Ride Filly

    With all the rain recently in Kentucky, and with a minor business matter requiring him to be out of town over the weekend, Calvin Borel had an important project to finish before leaving town. The morning of May 15 he was mowing his grass.

  • TVG Plans Preakness Coverage

    TVG will broadcast live from Pimlico Race Course this week, airing television's most comprehensive pre- and post-race coverage of the 134th Preakness Stakes (gr. I), including a special preview show.