Keyword: Giacomo

  • Greeley's Galaxy is Haskin's choice to win at the window.

    Preakness Offers Enticing Wagering Possibilities

    If logic and the science of handicapping confuse you, if you're more comfortable guessing than analyzing, then Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) is right up your alley. Regardless of what the experts say, there are no experts when it comes to this race. It's a pure guess, period.

  • Shirreffs Discusses Weather, Pace for Saturday's Preakness

    Trainer John Shirreffs took some time at the stakes barn at Pimilco on a wet Friday morning to discuss Giacomo and his chances for tomorrow's Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Giacomo won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) two weeks ago at 50-1 and the colt makes his bid to become the fourth 3-year-old in a row to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown.

  • Greeley's Galaxy, Steve Haskin's pick to win the Preakness, upon his arrival at Pimlico Wednesday.

    Steve Haskin's Preakness Analysis: Galaxy Shot

    When the field crossed the finish line in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), it already was clear who my Preakness (gr. I) selection would be. In fact, it was at the quarter pole, as Greeley's Galaxy closed to within four lengths of the leaders, that I started thinking, 'There's the Preakness winner.'

  • Thursday Preakness Notes: Giacomo Gets First Look at Track; Alex Jogs, Gallops

    Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, who drew Post 13 for the Preakness, got his first look at the Pimlico course in an easy gallop Thursday, the morning after he shipped in from Churchill Downs. Afleet Alex, the 5-2 morning line favorite who will go from Post 12, jogged and galloped Thursday morning.

  • Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, left, is shilouetted as he walks around the Stakes barn at Pimlico Wednesday.

    Derby Winner Arrives at Pimlico

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo arrived at Pimlico Race Course at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in pursuit of the second leg of the coveted Triple Crown in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Jockey David Flores will ride Greeley's Galaxy in the Preakness.

    Prado and Flores Pick Up Preakness Mounts

    Jockeys Edgar Prado and David Flores have picked up mounts in the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course. Prado gets the call aboard High Limit and Flores will ride Greeley's Galaxy.

  • Preakness Field Starting to Shape Up

    Fourteen horses, the absolute limit, have not started in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) since 1992, but as events continue to unfold, it appears the starting gate could be filled to capacity for the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.

  • Trainer Tim Ritchey walks Afleet Alex around a field after arriving at Pimlico Race Course Wednesday.

    Giacomo Hits Track; Alex Arrives at Pimlico

    After three days of mild exercise in the barn, Jerry and Ann Moss' Giacomo, the surprise winner of the 131st Kentucky Derby (gr. I), returned to the Churchill Downs track Wednesday for the first time since his stunning victory.

  • Jockey Mike Smith aboard Derby winner Giacomo.

    Smith Discusses Derby During Online Chat

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winning rider Mike Smith had to ride a masterful race to get Giacomo to the wire first but the jockey said today the journey was almost exactly as he planned.

  • Afleet Alex, here finishing third in the Derby, ships to Pimlico today.

    Afleet Alex to Arrive First for Preakness

    Trainer Tim Ritchey confirmed Wednesday that Afleet Alex will be the first Preakness (gr. I) shipper to arrive at the Pimlico stakes barn. The third place finisher in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) is to get on a van Wednesday morning at Churchill and is expected at Old Hilltop in the late afternoon.

  • Bellamy Road breezing at Churchill Downs during Derby week.

    Bellamy Road Pops Splint

    Bellamy Road, who finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as the 5-2 favorite, popped a splint Tuesday morning in his left front leg and will miss at least 30 days of training.

  • Derby-winning jockey Mike Smith will participate in an online chat for bloodhorse.com.

    Jockey Smith to Answer Questions in Blood-Horse Online Chat

    Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who rode Giacomo to a 50-1 upset victory in Saturday's 131st Kentucky Derby (gr. I), will join The Blood-Horse's senior correspondent Steve Haskin for a special edition of bloodhorse.com's "Talkin' Horses" Wednesday at noon (ET; 9 a.m PT).

  • Giacomo, background, passes Closing Argument en route to winning the Kentucky Derby.

    Shockomo: Steve Haskin's Kentucky Derby Story

    Mike Smith stood by himself in front of the detention barn on the Churchill Downs backstretch. The May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) was still a week and a half away, and the mass influx of media was not due for several days. Smith, who had been riding regularly at Keeneland, gazed out at the track, watching the morning activities.

  • Firefighter's Lost Derby Superfecta Ticket Found at Turf Paradise

    Matching Giacomo's unbelievable victory in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) at 50-1 was Christopher Hertzog's loss of his $864,253 Derby Superfecta ticket Saturday and then having it found 24 hours later at Turf Paradise racetrack in Phoenix, Arizona.

  • Surprise Derby winner will continue quest for the Crown.

    Giacomo to Rest, Then Ship for Preakness

    Trainer John Shirreffs said he'll give Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo a few days to walk and rest at Churchill Downs before being shipped to Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) on May 21.

  • NBC Releases Derby Broadcast Overnight Ratings

    NBC Sports' broadcast of Giacomo's surprise win at the 131st running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) notched an 8.2 overnight rating and 19 share, slightly down from an 8.3 rating in 2001, 2003, and 2004.

  • Top Three in Derby All Expected for Preakness

    Giacomo, the second biggest upset winner in the 131-year history of the Kentucky Derby, runner-up Closing Argument and third place finisher Afleet Alex could all start in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 21 although winning trainer John Shirreffs hasn't committed his son of <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=1318476&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Holy Bull</a>.

  • Giacomo Victory Scores Classic Win for Plaudit Sire Line

    Horse of the Year in 1994, Holy Bull had one glaring hole in his resume that year, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), in which he struggled over a muddy track to finish an ignominious 12th of 14 behind winner Go for Gin. Saturday, that defeat was avenged when his son Giacomo charged from far off the pace to win the Kentucky Derby by half a length over a dead-game Closing Argument.

  • Buzzards Bay, left, beats General John B to win the Santa Anita Derby.

    Buzzards Bay Digs In, Wins Santa Anita Derby

    Trainer Jeff Mullins became the first trainer to win three consecutive editions of the Santa Anita Derby when his 30-1 outsider Buzzards Bay registered a gutty score by a half-length over 64-1 shot General John B Saturday.

  • Owner Confirms Don't Get Mad for Santa Anita Derby

    B. Wayne Hughes said Thursday morning that Don't Get Mad will run in the grade I Santa Anita Derby April 9 rather than the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II), for which the son of <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=4055684&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Stephen Got Even</a> was also being considered.

  • Consolidator, with Rafael Bejarano aboard, wins the San Felipe Stakes.

    Consolidator Sharpens Picture in San Felipe

    Trainer D. Wayne Lukas promised Consolidator would be a fitter horse for Saturday's $250,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita. The $1.25 million colt didn't disappoint, romping to a surprising, powerful victory for owners Robert and Beverly Lewis.

  • Victor Espinoza wins the Sham Stakes aboard Going Wild, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Spunky Going Wild Wins Sham for Lukas

    Going Wild led from start to finish and notched a one-length victory over Papa Chullo in the $100,000 Sham Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita Park Saturday.

  • Undefeated Declan&#39;s Moon courts 2YO honors with impressive win over pair of grade I winners in Saturday&#39;s Hollywood Futurity.

    Futurity Win Has Connections 'Over the Moon'

    In spite of skipping the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), undefeated Declan's Moon made an emphatic statement for 2-year-old honors in 2004 with a convincing victory over grade I winners Wilko and Proud Accolade in Saturday's $449,500 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I).

  • Declan&#39;s Moon among three who could solidify Eclipse claim with a victory in Saturday&#39;s Hollywood Futurity.

    'Moon's Eclipse Depends on Futurity

    Undefeated Declan's Moon, who returned from his smasher in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) to take last month's Hollywood Prevue (gr. III), is expected to be accorded favoritism among eight entrants in the $449,500 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) Saturday.