Koji Maeda's Lani took his time on the Belmont Park main track the morning of May 18, before turning in his final breeze ahead of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) Saturday, May 21 at Pimlico Race Course.
Cherry Wine didn't have enough points to enter the Derby, Collected took a step back after running in a Derby prep, and Stradivari is lightly raced but is quite fast and appears very talented. All are poised for a run at Nyquist Saturday.
Tom Pedulla writes of Affirmed's rare talent and equally rare competition, Alydar.
Florida horseman Niall Brennan, along with Mike Ryan, purchased Nyquist as a yearling, then broke, trained, and sold the Derby winner as a 2-year-old.
Trainer Doug O'Neill and Nyquist's connections were happy with what they saw during the colt's two-mile jog May 18 at Pimlico Race Course.
The New York Racing Association announced May 17 its national advance deposit wagering platform will be available in July to coincide with the 2016 Saratoga Race Course meet.
When Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist prepares for the second leg of the Triple Crown in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), his trainer will saddle the Uncle Mo colt in the inside paddock rather than on the turf course.
With steady rain falling, the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale began May 17, with two juveniles sharing the top eighth of a mile workout time of :10 and four equaling the best quarter-mile time of :21 3/5.
NBC Sports Group and Horse Racing Radio Network have set their schedules for coverage of Preakness Stakes (gr. I) week at Pimlico Race Course.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission May 17 approved a new agreement that will increase losing mount fees on lower-purse races in the state.
Sumting Wong was named both Iowa-bred Horse of the Year and Iowa-bred older female for 2015 at the combined Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners and Iowa HBPA awards banquet at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino May 14.
Sandra New's Painting the Sky, a dual-registered Thoroughbred/Paint 3-year-old filly, will put her two-race win streak on the line the evening of May 19 at Evangeline Downs Racetrack, Casino & Hotel in Louisiana.
Jenny Bowman has been promoted to racing secretary at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, the track announced May 17.
Images from Belmont Park, Santa Anita, Woodbine, Golden Gate Fields, and more.
Connections of the dual stakes-winning Uncle Mo colt, who is based at Parx Racing, were relieved to get the all-clear May 17 when an equine herpesvirus quarantine at the Pennsylvania track, in place since April 1, was lifted.
With the threat of early morning rain looming over Baltimore, trainer Doug O'Neill called an audible the morning of May 17 and sent out Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist to gallop at 6:08 a.m. EDT.
Sagamore Racing has appointed Hunter Rankin as president to oversee and guide the professional horse racing team and its farm operations, the Glyndon, Md.-based farm announced May 17.
Steve Asmussen officially took Gun Runner, the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner who finished third in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), out of consideration for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) the morning of May 17.
Equibase Company May 17 said it has introduced Quarter Horse information at equibase.com that includes leaders' lists, leaders by track, and individual profile pages for horses and their human connections.
Marylanders moving the needle with Pimlico study, breeders' incentives.
Horses will be offered immediately following main catalog May 27.
Colt's next start is June 18 during Royal Ascot
Seven horses sprinted five furlongs out of the gate, clockwise, on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course the morning of May 16 as a trial run for Woodbine's EuroTurf Series slated to start in June.
Reddam Racing’s Nyquist jogged two miles and was schooled in the paddock and gate May 16 at Pimlico Race Course in preparation for his quest for the second leg of the Triple Crown in Saturday’s 141st Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Steve Landers Racing’s Dazzling Gem will make his next start in the $100,000 Latin American Racing Channel Sir Barton Stakes on the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) card at Pimlico Race Course.
The Stronach Group May 16 said it has entered into an agreement to purchase Rosecroft Raceway, one of two harness tracks in Maryland and a major off-track wagering outlet for Thoroughbred racing, from owner Penn National Gaming Inc.
According to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, all participants in this year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) have tested negative for any prohibited substances.
Spendthrift Australia has set fees for its current roster of four stallions that will stand the 2016 breeding season. All payable live foal fees remain the same as in 2015, and Spendthrift Australia has introduced the "Breed Secure" program.
- By Tom Pedulla
Trainer Doug O'Neill, in his first of two diaries as told to Tom Pedulla for America's Best Racing, said the plan for Nyquist has succeeded so far, and now it comes down to the post-position draw for the Preakness Stakes.
Mei Ling, Ahh Chocolate, and Savings Account will fight it out over Pimlico's main track in the Allaire DuPont, as none of the starters have asserted themselves this year to the point of obvious favoritism over the nine furlongs.
The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat, a winner in his 10-year-old debut in a May 1 allowance contest at Laurel Park, will hope to keep the momentum going in the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint May 20 at Pimlico Race Course.
- By Steve Haskin
On June 20, 2011, the Lady Blunt Stradivarius, made by Italian Antonio Stradivari in 1721 sold at public auction for $15.9 million.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) contender Exaggerator arrives at Pimlico Park May 15, 2016. Video courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club
The Wesley Ward-trained Acapulco, easy winner of the Unbridled Sidney Stakes May 14 at Churchill Downs, came out of the race fine and is set for a trip to Royal Ascot.
Longshot Rockport Babe not only provided an upset at odds of 20-1 in the first race May 15 at Santa Anita Park, but the 3-year-old Rockport Harbor filly also gave 25-year-old Shelbe Ruis with the first win of her training career.
Ivan Dalos' homebred Gamble's Ghost, patiently handled by jockey Luis Contreras, swooped to a score in the $150,000 Selene Stakes (Can-III) May 15 at Woodbine.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner-up Exaggerator arrived at Pimlico Race Course at approximately 4:40 p.m. ET May 15 to join Derby victor Nyquist for a rematch in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 21.
Stanford and Page McKenney, the one-two finishers in the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) last time out, are set for a rematch in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (gr. III) May 20 at Pimlico Race Course, if Stanford makes the gate.
Land Over Sea and Go Maggie Go will make a quick turnaround off positive runs in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) to try another Friday feature May 20 in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II) at Pimlico Race Course.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist galloped a strong mile May 15 at Pimlico Race Course in preparation for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I ).
U.S.-trained Rawnaq held off two Irish invaders to win a thrilling edition of the $200,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois Hurdle Stakes (NSA-I) May 14 at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tenn.
Off the Triple Crown trail and back at arguably his best distance, Hans Poetsch's homebred I Will Score broke through for his first graded stakes win in the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera (gr. III) May 14 at Santa Anita Park.
Dominion Bloodstock and Barry Butzer's Thatlookonyerface split rivals in the shadow of the wire to win a photo over Bear'sway in the $150,000 Marine Stakes (Can-III) May 14 at Woodbine.
Weaving through horses in the stretch under John Velazquez, Wake Forest displayed a powerful late kick to surge past rivals in the final furlong to win the $400,000 Man o' War Stakes May 14 at Belmont Park.
Centennial Farms' Unified showed a new dimension May 14 in winning the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
Ward plans on sending Acapulco to Royal Ascot in England to make a start in either the King's Stand on June 14 or the Commonwealth Cup on June 17. Both races are group I events.
A three-month layoff earlier this year may have helped Strike Charmer, as she registered her first stakes win since 2014 in the $150,000 Beaugay Stakes (gr. IIIT) Saturday, May 14 at Belmont Park.
Stonestreet Stables' Cavorting hasn't quite looked like her grade I-winning self in two starts following the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), but the Bernardini filly found her best stride again May 14 in the Ruffian Stakes (gr. II).
Maryland Jockey Club president Sal Sinatra confirmed May 14 that Pimlico Race Course is prepared to take special precautions to accept the Parx-based horses, both of which never showed signs of illness during the quarantine.
His 2,000th winner came at Gulfstream Park and he was at Woodbine, but that's just another day in the life of trainer Mark Casse and his far-flung racing operation.
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