Early reports from the Maryland Jockey Club the afternoon of May 16 indicated business was strong for this year's Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) program and related infield activities.
Juddmonte Farms' Fame and Power won the $100,000 Sir Barton Stakes for 3-year-olds May 16 at Pimlico Race Course, while Jerry Durant's Holy Boss took the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes later on the card.
Sandbar, claimed last fall by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, and jockey Joel Rosario wore down pacesetter Happy My Way for a game victory in the Maryland Sprint Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico May 16.
With the serious work over, it was a quiet morning on the backside of Pimlico Race Course early May 16 as connections of Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) awaited the second leg of the Triple Crown.
It took WinStar Farm's homebred Commissioner seven tries to get his first graded stakes score, but the A.P. Indy colt appears to have found his best stride at the 1 3/16-mile distance.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced that total handle for Black-Eyed Susan Day May 15 was $18.5 million, the highest total handle for the card in 10 years and topping last year's handle of $11.3 million by 63%.
A fast pace and a couple of important pre-race scratches provided the perfect formula for Irish Jasper in the $150,000 Adena Springs Miss Preakness Stakes (gr. III) May 15 at Pimlico Race Course.
The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat, in the second start of his 9-year-old season, got back to his winning ways with a dramatic off-the-pace victory in the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint May 15 at Pimlico Race Course.
As he prepares his longshot Bodhisattva for the May 16 Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course, trainer Jose Corrales makes no apologies for the unusual name that is a tongue twister.
The operator of Pimlico Race Course is considering moving the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) to Sunday from its traditional Saturday spot in the future as a way to attract more fans for the annual two-day affair.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Race Course. Does Tom see bets of value in the race, and who will the duo choose outside the top 3 Kentucky Derby finishers? watch video
Fox Hill Farms' Coup de Grace appears the one to beat in the $150,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico Race Course May 16.
The Sir Barton, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds, is one of four ungraded stakes scheduled for Saturday's Preakness Day card at Pimlico, along with the James W. Murphy, Chick Lang Stakes, and The Very One Stakes.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas was headed to Maryland to race some horses the weekend of May 15-16 and, though he didn't officially know the status of Mr. Z for Preakness, he thought the colt could use a change of scenery.
The May 14 Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course had its usual moments of levity, but this year thankfulness set the tone given the recent unrest in the city of Baltimore.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Race Course. Does Tom see bets of value in the race, and who will the duo choose outside the top 3 Kentucky Derby finishers? Download Equibase Past Performances for the Preakness Stakes.
Footage of Preakness contender American Pharoah at Pimlico Race Course May 14. Courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club.
Footage of Preakness contender Dortmund at Pimlico Race Course May 14. Courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club.
Footage of Preakness contender Tale of Verve at Pimlico Race Course May 13. Courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club.
Stopchargingmaria, the Alabama and Coaching Club American Oaks winner, drops into grade III company in Allaire DuPont Distaff (gr. III) at Pimlico Race Course May 15.
Sam-Son Farm's Up With the Birds, the 2013 Canadian Horse of the Year, will make his 5-year-old debut in the $300,000 Longines Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) May 16 at Pimlico Race Course.
Zayat Stable's American Pharoah drew the rail and was installed the 4-5 morning-line favorite in a field of eight for the $1.5 million Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 16 at Pimlico Race Course.
Hall of Fame trainer discusses arrival of American Pharoah and Dortmund May 13 at Pimlico. watch video
A group of Preakness contenders arrive at Pimlico Race Course after a flight from Kentucky. watch video
A group of Preakness contenders arrive at Pimlico Race Course after a flight from Kentucky. American Pharoah, Dortmund, Danzig Moon, and Tale of Verve.
Classic winner American Pharoah leads field as NBC Sports Group presents 6 1/2 hours of Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) coverage May 15 and May 16 from Pimlico Race Course.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas discusses why he wants Mr. Z to be entered in the Preakness Stakes.
- By Ron Mitchell
D. Wayne Lukas-trained Mr. Z, getting a bath at Pimlico Race Course Wednesday, May 13. watch video
D. Wayne Lukas-trained Mr. Z, getting a bath at Pimlico Race Course Wednesday, May 13.
Maryland Jockey Club vice president and general manager Sal Sinatra is preparing for his first Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) since taking charge last winter.
A probable field of seven is now expected for the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) after Todd Pletcher announced May 12 he will not have an entrant in the May 16 race that is the second leg of racing's Triple Crown.
Horse Racing Radio Network and TVG will offer radio and television coverage, respectively, from Pimlico Race Course beginning May 13. NBC will televise the Preakness live from 4:30-6:30 p.m. EDT May 16.
Divining Rod gallops at Fair Hill on May 9, 2015. Courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club
Bodhisattva gallops at Laurel Park May 10, 2015. Courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club
Watch races from previous Bob Baffert Preakness winners. Courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club
Anchored by the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the Maryland Jockey Club will offer bettors a guaranteed pool of $1.5 million for the late Pick 4 during Saturday's 14-race program at Pimlico Race Course.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said "those two looked good" after watching American Pharoah and Dortmund train at Churchill Downs the morning of May 12.
All horses scheduled to compete in the 140th Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course must be on the grounds by noon May 14, according to security and pre-race procedures issued by the MJC.
Trainer Bob Baffert said May 11 he was pleased with the morning activity of American Pharoah and Dortmund at Churchill Downs as they prepare for the May 16 Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
The Jim Stable's Maryland-bred stalwart Ben's Cat goes for a fourth Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes victory May 15 at Pimlico Race Course.
After winning the first two starts of her career, including an easy score in the Adena Springs Beaumont Stakes (gr. II), Miss Ella will try to continue her roll May 15 in the Adena Springs Miss Preakness Stakes (gr. III).
America's Best Racing has released another episode in its series of digital video ads filmed and produced by ABR Films promoting the Road to the Triple Crown.
WinStar Farm's Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) winner Commissioner will look to claim his second graded event in a row in the $300,000 Pimlico Special Stakes May 15 at Pimlico Race Course.
Nine years after Barbaro broke down in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Gretchen and Roy Jackson are returning to Pimlico for the 140th edition of the race May 16 with another homebred colt, Divining Rod.
Whether Zayat Stables' Mr. Z runs in the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) remains up in the air, with Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas lobbying for the colt to contest the race at Pimlico Race Course.
NBC Sports reported that its live coverage of the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on NBC averaged 16 million viewers, up 4% from 15.3 million last year, according to information from The Nielsen Company.
Lael Stables' Divining Rod, winner of the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) April 11 at Keeneland, remains on target to make his next start in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 16, trainer Arnaud Delacour said.
- By Tom LaMarra
As the Maryland Jockey Club prepares for the May 16 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, there's a lot going on behind the scenes--and much of it involves the status of the historic track in suburban Baltimore. read blog.
The Maryland Jockey Club's Pimlico Race Course and online wagering provider Xpressbet have announced that Xpressbet will serve as the title sponsor of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Trainer Bob Baffert, who won his fourth Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 2, said the feeling of winning the classic at Churchill Downs for the fourth time was different than in the past.
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