A dozen long-winded turf runners will go 1 1/2 miles in the Louisville Handicap over the Churchill Downs lawn, with Danish Dynaformer holding a recency and class edge over warriors Twilight Eclipse and Kaigun.
This week is a column from Joe Palmer titled "Maryland, My Challedon;" followed by the race recap of the Preakness Stakes won by Challedon, a Maryland-bred who won the 1939 Baltimore classic.
Two California-breds from Kim McCarthy's McCarthy Bloodstock Agency consignment brought the highest prices at the Barretts May 2-year-old sale, held May 17 at Del Mar.
Two-time Eclipse Award winner conceives on single attempt for this season.
The son of Nureyev was a six-time leading sire in California and led the sire standings by California-conceived turf runners 13 times.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming was assigned post 4 and installed as the 4-5 morning-line favorite May 17 at the post position draw for the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course.
Focused on the movement's traction and steps for further success, day one of the two-day International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) was well attended.
With near-record temperatures May 17, many consignors of horses entered in next week's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale praised the sale company's decision a year ago to spread the under tack show breezes over three days.
The Latin American Racing Channel (LARC) renews commitment to sponsor the Sir Barton Stakes on the undercard of Preakness 142 May 20. They will also donate money to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.
Alessandro "Alex" Sano is a key part of dad Antonio Sano's racing operation that includes Gunnevera, who has been entered for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course.
The second Pan American Conference, bringing together industry insiders from North and South America, will have a session-packed two-day run May 18-19 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.
While the short rest between the first two legs of the Triple Crown has been a popular lament over the years, the modern history of the Preakness Stakes reflects a trend that is actually most unkind to the oft-proclaimed "new shooters."
In a victory for The Stronach Group tracks suing the contest site Derby Wars, a U.S. District Court has ruled that entry fees paid in contests are considered wagers under the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978.
Longtime New Zealand owner/breeder Peter Neilson discusses breeding to race as an effective cost-recovery strategy in a polarized commercial market and offers a short list of valuable stallion prospects to consider.
Always Dreaming turned in another strong 1 1/2-mile gallop over the Pimlico Race Course main track May 17 as he readies for his start in the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1).,
Mark Casse discusses Classic Empire's Kentucky Derby trip and his preparations for the upcoming Preakness
Man o' War, Ruffian, Peter Pan, Beaugay, Hanshin Cup, Lazaro Barrera, Victoria Mile, Gurkha Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary and more.
Pimlico's future, improving Maryland program the topics of Preakness week
- By Steve Haskin
Of all the stakes to change to the H. Allen Jerkens Memorial, none would have made the Hall of Fame trainer happier than the King's Bishop.
An hour after Always Dreaming crossed the finish line first in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), the colt's trainer made an announcement about his Derby prize, a new Ram truck.
A filly from the first crop of Take Charge Indy and a Cape Blanco filly each breezed an eighth-mile in :10, the fastest time at the distance during the under tack show in preparation for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming leads the field as NBC Sports Group presents the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes (G1), middle jewel of the Triple Crown, at 5 p.m. EDT May 20 on NBC.
Three vans transporting five candidates for the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) arrived at Pimlico Race Course within minutes of each other the afternoon of May 16.
Multiple stakes-placed Judge's Case died May 15 at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm based in Georgetown, Ky. The 20-year-old gelding was euthanized due to chronic orthopedic disease.
The New York Racing Association announced May 16 that the King's Bishop Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course will be renamed in honor of H. Allen Jerkens.
Ward sent out six contenders for half-mile works over the firm turf course at Lexington in preparation for Royal Ascot next month.
As activity picked up at the Pimlico Race Course stakes barn May 16, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming went out earlier than normal for his daily exercise.
Grade 1 winner Pretty City Dancer will try to snap a four-race losing streak in a full field of 14 sophomore fillies May 19 in the $150,000 Adena Springs Miss Preakness Stakes (G3) at Pimlico Race Course.
Whitmore had the look of the best sprinter in the Midwest at Oaklawn Park this winter and spring and a victory in the Maryland Sprint Stakes (G3) May 20 would strengthen his case as arguably the best sprinter in the country.
A combination of California-breds and Kentucky-breds constitute much of what will likely be Barretts' final May 2-year-olds in training sale. The auction is scheduled for May 17 at Del Mar, beginning at 2 p.m. PDT.
Top international sire Montjeu got his 125th black-type stakes winner May 14 when Irish-bred Red Cardinal won a two-mile group stakes at Hoppegarten in Germany.
Royal Mo successfully underwent surgery to repair a fractured sesamoid in his right-front leg, trainer John Shirreffs said May 15.
Multiple grade 1 winner Shaman Ghost looks to add another graded stakes win to his resume May 19 when he takes on nine others in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) at Pimlico Race Course.
Lookin At Lee, the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) runner-up, and stablemate Hence turned in their final works for the Preakness Stakes (G1) the morning of May 15 at Churchill Downs.
On May 20 Fireman will attend his first Triple Crown race, pulling into Pimlico Race Course as the owner of Senior Investment, a longshot entry in the 142nd Preakness Stakes (G1).
After some calm, controlled training through his first week or so at Pimlico Race Course, Always Dreaming was back to his energetic, hard-to-handle self May 15 in Baltimore.
Popular Maryland-bred multi-millionaire Ben's Cat will have to end one streak to continue another as the 11-year-old gelding seeks his fifth straight victory in the $100,000 Maker's Mark Jim McKay Turf Sprint May 19 at Pimlico Race Course.
Days before the Abu Dhabi Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French Two Thousand Guineas, G1), Al Shaqab Racing purchased a half interest in Brametot, who won the one-mile Prix de Fontainebleau at Chantilly in April.
Gary Barber's Summer Luck didn't get the scratch she needed to run in the overflow Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), but her team is looking forward to a start in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) at Pimlico Race Course.
- By Steve Haskin
Todd Pletcher and old-school training have never exactly been synonymous. Pletcher is known for being a conservative trainer, preferring long periods of time between races.
Jockey Trevor McCarthy reached his 1,000th win May 13 when he rode Rainbow Heir to a 1 3/4-length victory in the Wolf Hill Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Stonestreet Stables homebred Terra Promessa headlines a field of eight fillies and mares in the $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes May 19 at Pimlico Race Course, after a runner up finish to champion Stellar Wind in her last start.
Illinois Derby (G3) winner Multiplier and Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3) winner Senior Investment both turned in their final works at Keeneland May 14 for the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1).
Son of Uncle Mo suffered a "fracture of the inside right-front sesamoid" in his final work for the Preakness Stakes (G1).
Always Dreaming's gallop one time around the Pimlico main track May 14 was another spin within himself, unlike his unruly gallops at Churchill Downs, but exercise rider Nick Bush still felt his strength and eagerness to run.
Finishing seventh in last year's $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (G3), Crewman turned the tables in this year's event, when he won by a neck at odds of 25-1 May 13.
American Anthem let a trio of frontrunners gun for the lead in the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes (G3) and closed to win the seven-furlong test.
Arms Runner became the first black-type winner for his sire, Ocala Stud stallion Overdriven, with a 1 1/2-length victory for Rockingham Ranch May 13 in the $101,690 Desert Code Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
It was a Chester and Mary Broman homebred sweep in the one-mile Ruffian Stakes (G2), as their Highway Star fought off fellow colorbearer Bar of Gold by half-length to earn her third graded stakes win.
Brendan and Anne-Marie Hayes' Knocktoran Stud bred and own Precieuse. By Shadwell's group 1-winning stallion Tamayuz (Nayef), Precieuse is a fourth-generation product of the Knocktoran program.
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