Headlines for Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Kent Desormeaux

    Desormeaux Loses Preakness Mount

    After being taken off his mounts at Belmont Park May 18 for running afoul of New York's rule on alcohol impairment, Kent Desormeaux also lost his mount in the May 19 Preakness (gr. I), Tiger Walk.

  • Alternation noses out Nehro in Pimlico Special

    In a head-bobbing finish to the Grade 3, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/pimspecial12.pdf"> Pimlico Special</a> on Friday, Pin Oak Stable's homebred Alternation just lasted to take the 1 3/16-mile test for his fourth straight stakes score on the year. Guided by Luis Quinonez, the four-year-old son of Distorted Humor overcame a three-wide journey to overtake long-time leader Endorsement inside the final sixteenth and won the nose bob over a determined Nehro. Final time over a fast but slow-playing track was 1:57 3/5.

  • Agave Kiss cruises in Miss Preakness

    Agave Kiss kissed her rivals goodbye in Friday's $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/misspreakness12.pdf"> Miss Preakness Stakes</a> on Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico, easily wiring the six-furlong contest by 5 1/2 lengths.

  • Fiddlers Patriot, Sensible Lady & Bold Affair win Pimlico sprint stakes

    Unraced since a fifth in the Grade 1 Nearctic Stakes last October, Fiddlers Patriot returned Friday with a comfortable 2 1/4-length tally in the $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/jimmckay12.pdf">Jim McKay Turf Sprint</a> Stakes at Pimlico. Jockey John Velazquez was up for trainer George Weaver on the six-year-old gelding, who notched his first stakes victory when completing five furlongs in :56 over the firm course, and the chestnut improved his overall record to 13-6-3-1, $278,446.

  • Napravnik takes Female Jockey Challenge

    Rosie Napravnik made a triumphant return to the state where she kicked off her career seven years ago, winning the second edition of the $31,000 Female Jockey Challenge on Friday at Pimlico Race Course.

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    Alternation Edges Nehro in Pimlico Special

    Pin Oak Stable's Alternation grabbed the lead inside the eighth pole and held off the late charge of Nehro to win the May 18 Pimlico Special (gr. III) by a nose. The son of Distorted Humor covered 1 3/16 miles in 1:57.60.

  • In Lingerie scores in Black-Eyed Susan

    Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber's In Lingerie ran down even-money favorite Mamma Kimbo and held off the late run of Disposablepleasure to capture Friday's Grade 2, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/blackeyedsusan12.pdf"> Black-Eyed Susan Stakes</a> at Pimlico. With John Velazquez in the irons, the Empire Maker filly ran nine-furlongs in a pedestrian 1:52 to score her second straight graded victory.

  • In Lingerie and John Velazquez take the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.
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    In Lingerie, Pletcher Top Black-Eyed Susan

    In Lingerie took over in upper stretch and held off a late bid from stablemate Disposablepleasure in the late stages, giving trainer Todd Pletcher a one-two finish in the $300,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 18.

  • Rapid Redux retired

    Starter allowance supremo <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/rapidredux.pdf">Rapid Redux</a>, last seen extending his modern North American record winning streak to 22 on January 4, has been retired, according to published reports.

  • Small goes wire to wire in Lady Legends

    Trained by Maryland-based Vernon Allinson, Class Rules ran the 4TH race, a six-furlong allowance for three-year-olds and up, in 1:12 2/5 on a fast main track. Bellagio, the 6-to-5 post-time favorite, finished second.

  • Jennifer Rowland Small took Class Rules gate to wire to win the Lady Legends.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2012-Triple-Crown/Preakness-Scenes/23013270_2Shk7L#!i=1854212785&amp;k=rZTDmhF&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Small Wins Pimlico's Third Lady Legends Race

    Jennifer Rowland Small won more than 190 races as a top pioneering female rider in Maryland during the 1970s, but the biggest win on her hometown track came May 18.

  • Hard Mystery seeks validation in Acorn

    Hard Mystery could have the chance to prove her 27-1 upset in Belmont's Inside Information overnight stakes on April 28 was no fluke as the three-year-old is currently set to make her graded stakes debut in the Grade 1 Acorn on May 28, Memorial Day, at Belmont Park.

  • Albertrani looking for Grade 1 win with Zo Impressive

    Trainer Tom Albertrani will have two opportunities to win a graded stakes for three-year-old fillies on Memorial Day, May 28, as he will likely run Zo Impressive in the Grade 1 Acorn and Better Lucky in the Grade 2 Sands Point.

  • Creative Cause, Went the Day Well get in gallops

    Preakness Stakes candidate Creative Cause returned to the track at Pimlicoa little after 8 a.m. (EDT) Friday morning, jogging a mile and galloping a mile under exercise rider John Cisneros before making a visit to the starting gate.

  • Preakness News Minute 5/18/2012

    Evan Hammonds reports the news of the day, including track appearances by I'll Have Another, Bodemeister, Went the Day Well, and Zetterholm, and the weather. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm

  • And They're Off: Preakness Edition

    Lenny and Steve discuss all things Preakness, including I'll Have Another, Went the Day Well, Bodemeister, new players, including Teeth of the Dog and Tiger Walk, and the Picks. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm.

  • Waiting game now for I'll Have Another, Bodemeister

    On a clear, crisp Maryland Friday morning, Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another made an early appearance on the main track at Pimlico, jogging a half-mile and then galloping seven furlongs under exercise rider Jonny Garcia.

  • Two dozen contenders remain in Epsom Derby

    With the Derby Festival just two weeks away, the final fields for the Group 1 Derby and Group 1 Oaks are beginning to take shape following Friday's scratchings deadline.

  • Steve Shahinian at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale.

    Shahinian Shopping for 'Another'

    Despite being in Baltimore, the man who recommended selling I'll Have Another won't be at Pimlico Race Course to watch the colt try to win the second jewel of the Triple Crown.

  • Preakness News Minute 5/18/2012

    Evan Hammonds reports the news of the day, including track appearances by I'll Have Another, Bodemeister, Went the Day Well, and Zetterholm, and the weather. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm

  • D. Wayne Lukas

    Lukas: Bouncing Back and Preakness Success

    As a five-time winner of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas knows what it takes to succeed in the second leg of the Triple Crown. This year, he's at Pimlico with longshot Optimizer.

  • Bakers Dozen Set for Singapore Airlines Cup

    A contentious field of 13, led by six group I winners, will go to the post in the $2.4 million Singapore Airlines International Cup (Sin-I) at Kranji Racecourse May 20.

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    Longshot Zetterholm Barely Getting Noticed

    Stall 40 at Pimlico, usually reserved for the Kentucky Derby winner, is instead occupied by New York-bred Zetterholm, who comes into the Preakness with as little fanfare as any starter in the 11-horse field.

  • Effects of Exercise on Young Thoroughbreds' Knees

    According to an ongoing international study led by a New Zealand-based researcher, exercising Thoroughbreds younger than 18 months of age doesn&#39;t seem create make more--or fewer--cartilage defects in the intercarpal (knee) joints. It also doesn&#39;t make them more or less severe, and it doesn&#39;t change the sites on the joint where they show up. In...

  • Krypton Factor won the Dubai Golden Shaheen by 2 1/4 lengths.

    Nine Line Up in KrisFlyer Sprint

    Krypton Factor will be looking to notch his second group I victory when he takes on eight challengers in the $800,100 KrisFlyer International Sprint (Sin-I) at Kranji Racecourse May 20.