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The nomination of a 3-year-old Thoroughbred to the 2014 Triple Crown races received via "late mail" has lifted the overall total for early nominations to the coveted three-race series of American classics to 414.
Normandy Invasion and Itsmyluckyday, both highly regarded sophomores early in the season, have returned to training in Florida and will prepare for their 4-year-old campaigns in 2014.
The Turf Publicists of America said Nov. 15 its membership has elected jockey Gary Stevens as the recipient of this year's Big Sport of Turfdom Award.
Calumet Farm's Oxbow, winner of this year's Preakness Stakes (gr. I), has been retired and will begin his stud career at Taylor Made Stallions in Central Kentucky. The son of Awesome Again will stand for $20,000.
Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow is expected to return to the worktab July 6 or 7 at Churchill Downs, Calumet Farm manager Eddie Kane confirmed July 5. He will be the third Triple Crown classic victor to get back into action.
Kentucky Derby winner Orb returned to the worktab July 3 for the first time since his third in the Belmont, clocking an easy three furlongs at Fair Hill. Belmont winner Palace Malice is also back in training at Saratoga.
Dr. Larry Bramalge is back as the AAEP on-call vet for the final Triple Crown race after sitting out the first two following an incident at Churchill Downs.
When glory has worn off the winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after a different horse comes along to claim the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) becomes anybody's race to win.
While the biggest wagering card of the year saw a 1% decline in handle, U.S. racing managed to register a strong month of May as pari-mutuel handle was up 3.57% compared with the same month last year.
From a field of 19 for the Kentucky Derby, the runners now number nine for the Preakness. This year Departing, Titletown Five, and Govenor Charlie opted to forego the Run for the Roses to chase black-eyed Susans instead.
While in recent years horse racing has made strides toward drug reform and uniform medication rules, one only need look at its biggest series, the Triple Crown, to see a lack of consistency.
- By Ron Mitchell
Doug O'Neill, the trainer who won 2012 Preakness Stakes with I'll Have Another is back with Goldencents watch video
- By Claire Novak
Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. says throw out the Kentucky Derby...and asks the Archbishop of Baltimore for a favor. watch video
The connections of five horses who finished behind Orb in Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hope their starter can become 20th horse since 1973 to win the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) after coming up short in Derby.
Sunland Derby (gr. III) winner Govenor Charlie had a routine first morning at Pimlico Race Course May 16, going to the track shortly after 6 o'clock for some exercise.
Trainer Tom Amoss and his gray colt Mylute went in different directions May 16 in their respective journeys from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Race Course.
- By Ron Mitchell
The Hall of Fame trainer had the crowd laughing at the Alibi Breakfast, held before the Preakness Stakes, at Pimlico.
- By Ron Mitchell
Todd Quast of GoldMark Farm discusses Mylute's chances in the Preakness. watch video
- By Claire Novak
Illinois Derby winner Departing on the backside of Pimlico on May 16.
Two charitable entities of The Jockey Club Foundation will benefit from a sponsorship arrangement between the Maserati car company and Orb, the even-money favorite for the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
The name Preakness has been right at the top of the racing vernacular for years, as the second leg of the Triple Crown, yet many people have no idea what or who Preakness is. read blog
To Brennan, success is a result of teamwork and talent. Along with wife, Stephanie, Niall operates Niall Brennan Stables in Ocala, Fl. where Kentucky Derby winner Orb received his initial training as a young colt.
Hialeah Park Casino announced May 14 the return of full card simulcasting on Preakness Day, May 18, and every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday thereafter.
Santa Anita Derby winner appears to have bounced out of the Kentucky Derby in great shape.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas plans a three-horse attack on Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Orb in the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I). His trio of Oxbow, Titletown Five, and Will Take Charge arrive at Pimlico May 14.
Kevin Krigger has never won a Triple Crown race, but he admits it's on his bucket list. May 18, he could become the first African-American jockey to win the Preakness in 115 years since Willie Simms' victory in 1898.
Horse Racing Radio Network, a Lexington-based broadcast organization, announced May 14 they will provide eight hours of Preakness Stakes (gr. I) coverage live from Pimlico Race Course beginning Friday, May 17.
Dr. Scott Palmer describes a typical racehorse feeding regimen. watch video
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb turned in a quick half-mile work in :47 1/5 at Belmont Park May 13 and was scheduled to ship to Pimlico Race Course later in the morning.
Orb, the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner, made his way to Baltimore May 13 after a morning workout at Belmont Park, and is bedded down in Stall 40 at Pimlico, the traditional home of the Derby winner.
GoldMark Farm and Whisper Hill Farm's Mylute, fifth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), is a go for the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), trainer Tom Amoss said the morning of May 11.
D. Wayne Lukas has put together a formidable team of jockeys to ride his three starters in the Preakness Stakes, with Gary Stevens to remain aboard Oxbow, Mike Smith on Will Take Charge, and Julien Leparoux on Titletown Five.
Goldencents, who will be ridden by regular jockey Kevin Krigger in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), arrived at Pimlico May 7.
Sitting in the Churchill Downs interview room after finally winning an edition of the Kentucky Derby, Hall of Fame horseman Shug McGaughey savored the victory.
Odds-on choice Abstraction angled out for clear sailing, the son of Pulpit spurted to the lead in deep stretch and drew away to win the $75,750 Federico Tesio Stakes April 27 at Pimlico Race Course.
It may not be worth points on the road to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), but the $750,000 Illinois Derby (gr. III) drew a packed field of 14, including some familiar names, when entries were taken April 17
The Maryland Jockey Club has upped the purse for this year's Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico Race Course to $500,000 from $300,000.
The 2011 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Midnight Interlude has been sold privately to Nanoli Stud in India, owner Arnold Zetcher confirmed Feb. 15.
The Maryland racing community lost one of its most prominent members when award-winning journalist and racing historian Joseph B. Kelly passed away Nov. 26 after a short battle with cancer. He was 94.
Deputed Testamony, the last Maryland-bred to win the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), died Sept. 18 and was buried at the Boniface family's Bonita Farm in Darlington, Md.
Grade I winner Bodemeister has been sent to WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.,and will be evaluated by Dr. Larry Bramlage of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in the coming days, WinStar president Elliott Walden confirmed.
Five other contenders line up for their shot at a $1 million purse, joining the Bob Baffert trainee in trying to bring excitement to a summer season lacking major 3-year-old stars.
Zayat Stables' leading 3-year-old Bodemeister, winner of the Arkansas Derby, will stand stud at WinStar Farm at the conclusion of his racing career, WinStar announced June 28.
Jockeys Javier Castellano, Ramon Dominguez, Mario Gutierrez, and John Velazquez are the four nominees in the "Best Jockey" category for the 20th annual ESPY awards, ESPN announced June 27
Big Brown, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) in 2008, was represented by his first winner June 15 at Kazan International Equestrian Complex and Race Track in Russia.
Trainers and owners share mixed opinions on the points-based system that will be implemented this fall for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks in 2013, but all agree the newly-announced system could use some tweaking.
The Maryland Racing Commission has agreed to conduct a hearing to consider evidence based upon advances in modern technology regarding the controversy surrounding Secretariat's winning time in the Preakness.
The cheers that accompany his star pupil, I'll Have Another, are always within ear shot, and Lava Man has no reason to believe they are not meant for him. read blog
More than eight million viewers tuned into the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 19, as ratings declined for the second leg of the Triple Crown. I'll Have Another figures to attract more viewers for the June 9 Belmont Stakes.
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