Headlines for Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • 2012 Preakness - Predict the Order

    Will it be I'll Have Another once again? Will Bodemeister get revenge? Or will one of the new players take the Black-eyed Susans?

  • Preakness Report

    <i><b><font face="Arial" size="4">PREAKNESS REPORT</font></b></i>

  • Frankel to face six in Lockinge

    Unbeaten superstar Frankel will line up against no more than six opponents when returning to action in Saturday's Group 1 Lockinge Stakes over a mile at Newbury. Two of those are pacemakers -- his own, Bullet Train, and Aidan O'Brien's Windsor Palace, who hopes to set the stage for stablemate Excelebration, the presumptive second choice behind Frankel's odds-on favoritism.

  • Cozzetti feeling feisty

    Albaugh Family Stable's Cozzetti went out after the renovation break and galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Mary Doser Thursday morning at Pimlico Race Course. The gray colt flew in from Louisville on Wednesday.

  • Smart Bid (green cap) faces 10 in the Dixie.

    Augustin's Smart Bid First Choice in Dixie

    One race before trainer Graham Motion saddles Went the Day Well in the May 19 Preakness (gr. II) at Pimlico Race Course, he will send out Augustin Stables' Smart Bid, the 7-2 overnight favorite in the Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT).

  • Preakness News Minute 5/17/2012

    Evan Hammonds reports on the news of the day including horses on the track Thursday, and the Alibi Breakfast. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.

  • Motion rates I'll Have Another the one to beat

    Team Valor International and Mark Ford's Went the Day Well galloped a mile, stood in the starting gate and galloped another mile at Pimlico Race Course Thursday morning. Fourth in the Kentucky Derby, he joins Derby also-rans Creative Cause, Daddy Nose Best and Optimizer in the Preakness.

  • Gutierrez getting used to the spotlight

    Jockey Mario Gutierrez proved again Thursday morning that he could handle himself on stage. The Kentucky Derby-winning rider showed confidence and a good sense of humor during a news conference for Saturday's Preakness outside the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Preakness News Minute 5/17/2012

    Evan Hammonds reports on the news of the day including horses on the track Thursday, and the Alibi Breakfast. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.

  • Bodemeister takes first tour of Pimlico

    Kentucky Derby runner-up Bodemeister made his first visit to the main track at Pimlico Thursday morning, galloping 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider George Alvarez after the renovation break.

  • Handicapping Insights

    <i><b><font face="Arial" size="4">HANDICAPPING INSIGHTS</font></b></i>

  • THS: Preakness Stakes 2012

    Evan Hammonds and Jason Shandler handicap the Preakness Stakes track-side at Pimlico. Evan successfully picked I'll Have Another to win the Kentucky Derby; will he be correct this time?

  • Byrne looking forward to Positively's debut

    The Kentucky Derby journey for Take Charge Indy ended with the three-year-old dark bay son of A.P. Indy finishing 19th of 20 in the Run for the Roses, but his connections are hoping to get right back on the Derby trail with Positively, a two-year-old son of Distorted Humor who is scheduled to make his career debut in Friday's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/positivelydebut5-18.html"> 6TH race</a> at Churchill Downs.

  • THS: Preakness Stakes

    Evan Hammonds and Jason Shandler handicap the Preakness Stakes trackside at Pimlico. Evan successfully picked I'll Have Another to win the Kentucky Derby, will he be correct this time? Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Preakness Stakes.

  • Stay Thirsty game in return runner-up effort behind Trickmeister

    Owner Mike Repole was on hand Wednesday to witness the return of his Grade 1 Travers star Stay Thirsty in the $88,200 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/vanlandingham12.pdf"> Vanlandingham Stakes</a> at Belmont Park, but didn't get to visit the winner's circle with his colt after Trickmeister wired the race by 1 3/4 lengths.

  • Martinez looking to add Arlington riding title to accomplishments

    Leading rider titles at such diverse locations as Minnesota's Canterbury Park, Washington's Emerald Downs and Arizona's Turf Paradise are in his past, but at 32 years old, jockey Seth Martinez will be hanging his tack full-time at Arlington for only the second time in his career.

  • Killer Graces faces Sister Moon in the Railbird Stakes

    Sister Moon Tries Graded Company in Railbird

    Sister Moon, a runaway winner in two of her three lifetime starts, steps into graded stakes company for the first time in the $100,000 Railbird (gr. III) on the Preakness day program at Betfair Hollywood Park May 19.

  • D. Wayne Lukas visits with Doug and Dennis O&#39;Neill at the Alibi Breakfast.

    Few Alibis Offered at Alibi Breakfast

    A Preakness tradition, the Alibi Breakfast gives trainers a chance to offer up an 'alibi' before the second jewel of the Triple Crown. This year there were few alibis and a lot more confidence from the connections.

  • Giveaways, Family Fun Day highlight Churchill's Preakness Weekend activities

    Churchill Downs joins racing fans in celebrating the bid by I'll Have Another, winner of the 138th Kentucky Derby, to win the Preakness Stakes with an action-packed weekend of excitement headed by Saturday's simulcast of the second jewel of the Triple Crown and a giveaway of a commemorative print of the Derby 138 winner.

  • Paul Reddam - Owner I'll Have Another

    Paul Reddam, owner of Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another, comments on life after the Derby, Doug O'Neill, Mario Gutierrez, and I'll Have Another

  • Tampa Bay Handle Down

    Tampa Bay Downs ended its 86th racing season with a decline in average daily all-sources handle during the 92-day meet that began Dec. 3, 2011, and ended May 6.

  • Preakness Draw They Said It

    <b><i><font face="Arial" size="4">PREAKNESS DRAW </font></i> </b><i> <b><font face="Arial" size="4">THEY SAID IT</font></b></i>

  • Instant Racing Machines at Kentucky Downs

    KY Downs Instant Racing Handle Near $82M

    More than $81.95 million was bet through Instant Racing machines at Kentucky Downs from Sept. 1, 2011, through April 30, 2012, according to the latest figures from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

  • Bob Baffert at Pimlico 5/17/2012

    Bob Baffert Preakness Comments 5/17/2012

    Ron Mitchell catches Bob Baffert trackside at Pimlico. Bob is asked his thoughts on the post position draw and competition between Bodemeister and I'll Have Another.

  • Three Chimneys Stallions Morning Exercise

    Exercise Rider Brian VanSteenbergh describes how he got into Thoroughbreds and how he uses his horsemanship to work with Three Chimneys' stallions. Including Flower Alley, sire of Kentucky Derby 138 winner I'll Have Another.

  • Immortal Eyes

    Speedy Immortal Eyes Back in MD Sprint 'Cap

    Robert Abbo Racing Stable's Immortal Eyes, who just missed winning last year's Maryland Sprint Handicap (gr. III) after rating a bit early, will try again when the six-furlong event is held May 19 at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Three Chimneys Stallions Exercise

    Exercise Rider Brian VanSteenbergh describes how he got into Thoroughbreds and how he uses his horsemanship to work with Three Chimneys' stallions. Including Flower Alley, sire of Kentucky Derby 138 winner I'll Have Another.

  • Zazou, fifth in this year&#39;s Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), will face California Memory

    Singapore Stakes Attracts California Memory

    Heavy rain from a tropical thunderstorm plagued track work hours May 17 at Kranji as the foreign contingent for Sunday's Singapore Airlines International Cup (Sin-I) and KrisFlyer Sprint (Sin-I) stretched their legs.

  • Bob Baffert Preakness Comments 5/17/2012

    Ron Mitchell catches Bob Baffert trackside at Pimlico. Bob is asked his thoughts on the post position draw and competition between Bodemeister and I'll Have Another.