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  • Via Villaggio edges Sister Moon in Railbird

    Steve Beneto's Via Villaggio accelerated into contention on the far turn and out-dueled Sister Moon to the wire in Saturday's Grade 3, $98,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/railbird12.pdf">Railbird Stakes </a>at Hollywood Park, notching her first stakes victory with a half-length tally in the seven-furlong test for sophomore fillies. Martin Pedroza was up on the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained winner.

  • On Fire Baby fires bullet at Churchill

    Anita Cauley's On Fire Baby, most recently fifth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, turned heads at Churchill Downs Saturday during her first work since the big race on the first Friday in May.

  • Frankel scores a perfect 10 in Lockinge

    Neither a seven-month layoff nor a recent injury scare made the slightest dent in Frankel's supremacy, as the undefeated superstar ran away with Saturday's Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. Now a perfect 10-for-10, the world's top-ranked racehorse promises to improve off this stellar comeback ? a truly frightening prospect for his rivals.

  • Dullahan breezes for Belmont

    The Dale Romans trainee posted the second fastest of 26 moves at the distance, with the multiple Grade 2-winning filly On Fire Baby recording the bullet in :59 3/5.

  • Zagora bounces back in Gallorette

    Zagora was returning to her sparkling early-season form, when she captured the Grade 3 Endeavour and Grade 3 Hillsborough at Tampa Bay Downs. The Chad Brown mare never had a chance to shine in the Jenny Wiley, considering that she lagged too far behind a desperately slow pace, and wasn't disgraced in fifth.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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>

  • Dixie highlights Preakness undercard

    Grade 2 winners Casino Host and Smart Bid are top contenders in Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Dixie Stakes, one of six stakes races on the Preakness undercard at Pimlico. The 1 1/8-mile affair will feature a field of 11 turf horses.

  • Zazu returns in Marjorie L. Everett

    Zazu was knocked out of Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic contention after developing inflammation in her shoulder last fall, but has been given plenty of time to recover and prepare for her four-year-old debut, which will finally come in Saturday's renamed <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/marjorieeverette12.html"> Marjorie L. Everett Handicap</a> at Hollywood Park.

  • NYRA responds to criticism on appointments

    On Wednesday, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) responded to criticism about its Monday appointment of Ellen McCalin as president and Kenneth Handal as secretary by issuing the following statement:

  • Belmont Notebook

    <i><b><font face="Arial" size="4">BELMONT NOTEBOOK</font></b></i>

  • I'll Have Another walks shedrow on wet morning

    Rather than take I'll Have Another out to exercise on a wet track Tuesday morning, trainer Doug O'Neill opted to keep the Kentucky Derby winner under cover and out of the heavy rain falling at Pimlico, where he is set to run in Saturday's Preakness Stakes.

  • Hollywood Notebook

    <i><b><font face="Arial" size="4">HOLLYWOOD PARK NOTEBOOK </font></b></i>

  • Master Command colt brings $300,000 at Barretts

    Wavertree Stables (Ciaran Dunne), agent, consigned the top two offerings at Monday's Barretts May Two-Year-Old in Training Sale in Pomona, California. Heading the leaderboard was a Master Command colt who sold for $300,000 to Brett Lindenbaum, agent, after touring the ring as Hip No. 9.