The Maryland Jockey Club expects to begin construction on new barns at Laurel Park this year as part of a long-term capital improvement plan, but it is holding off on announcing details of renovations at Pimlico Race Course.
Can the Kentucky Derby winner hold off eight challengers -- including five wheeling back from that race two weeks ago -- in the May 18 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico? Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey thinks so.
Ron Turcotte looks back on Secretariat's victory in the Preakness.
With the forecast calling for a high temperature of 70 degrees and a strong possibility of rain for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the Maryland Jockey Club could be hard-pressed to surpass last year's record crowd of 121,309.
Kentucky Derby winner Orb eats some breakfast early Preakness morning at Pimlico. Watch Video
Trainer Shug McGaughey gives Orb a bath on the morning of Preakness Stakes. Watch Video
Rosie Napravnik remembers galloping horses at Pimlico Race Course before she even earned her jockey's license. On May 18 aboard Mylute, she'll become just the third woman to ever ride in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Orb was the 3-5 favorite in very early wagering on the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), according to the Maryland Jockey Club.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert says that a victory by Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb in the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) would be a major boost to horse racing.
This year's Preakness is all about Orb. And then there are his eight opponents, most of whom are worthy adversaries, with a case to be made for any of them to step up and run a big race. read blog
Steve Haskin reports the news of the day, including final gallops from the contenders and the weather. Watch Video
Bob Baffert talks about Govenor Charlie and Orb. Watch Video
If you missed the live blog, read the transcript. Read Transcript
Trainer Shug McGaughey said May 17 Orb is coming up to the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) in fine order, but there is still a race to be run against eight other horses.
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak handicap the field of the Preakness Stakes. Will Orb hold off Departing and former Kentucky Derby rivals? watch video
Penny Chenery looks back on Secretariat's victory in the Preakness.
Orb was the center of attention today at Pimlico as he prepares to take on the competition in the 138th Preakness Stakes. Watch him gallop, graze, get a bath, and walk the shedrow. Watch Video
The TCI Boys discuss all of the Preakness contenders and who's most likely to give Orb his toughest challenge on Saturday. They also dive into the pace scenario. Watch it. Comment. Watch Video
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Illinois Derby (gr. III) winner Departing got his first taste of Pimlico Race Course the morning of May 16 by galloping 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Trina Pasckvale.
Steve Haskin reports on the news of the day including Orb's gallop, the condition of the racetrack, the appearance of Goldencents, and more. Watch Video
Al Stall, Jr. and wife Nicole at the Alibi Breakfast discuss Departing, the Preakness, and Blame. Watch Video
All joking aside, trainer D. Wayne Lukas seems pretty confident his horses will have some say in the outcome of the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Illinois Derby winner Departing on the backside of Pimlico on May 16.
Orb, the expected heavy favorite for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), jogged and then galloped the morning of May 16 at Pimlico Race Course to give trainer Shug McGaughey every reason to be positive about the colt's chances.
Steve Haskin reports on the big news of the day, the draw. Watch Video
Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable's Orb, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), drew post 1 and was made the favorite for the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), second leg of the Triple Crown.
Nine horses have been entered for the 138th Preakness Stakes (gr. I): Orb, Departing, Goldencents, Govenor Charlie, Itsmyluckyday, Mylute, Oxbow, Titletown Five and Will Take Charge.
Classice distances can be demanding on a 3-year-old. Shug McGaughey understands the rigors of a 1 1/4-mile race on a young horse, and has no doubt Orb was physically up to the challenge during his Derby victory May 4.
Mike Pegram's Govenor Charlie, remains on course for a start in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), trainer Bob Baffert said May 14. "He came out of his work really, really well," said Baffert. "We are prepared to go."
Steve Haskin and Lenny Shulman recap race impressions left by Orb and other Kentucky Derby contenders, races that have produced Derby winners, Hollywood Park, and of course Preakness picks! watch video
Orb, Goldencents, Itsmyluckyday, Verxina, Rafael Bejarano, Monmouth, Woodbine and more! view slideshow
Zipping over the Churchill Downs main track the morning of May 13, Mike Pegram homebred Govenor Charlie breezed six furlongs in 1:10 4/5 in his final preparation for a possible start in the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Mylute and Will Take Charge, the respective fifth- and eighth-place finishers in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), breezed at Churchill Downs May 13 in their final preparations for the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
History, it is said, repeats itself, and it will do just that in the 138th Preakness Stakes. read blog
Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable's Orb visited the Belmont Park paddock before galloping 1 1/2 miles on a sloppy surface May 12 and remained on schedule to ship to Maryland May 13.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, Southeast Region, Kentucky
Illinois Derby (gr. III) winner Departing worked a half-mile in :50 2/5 over a fast track at Churchill Downs the morning of May 12 in preparation for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Itsmyluckyday worked a half-mile on the drying-out Monmouth Park main track in :47 1/5 between the third and fourth races May 12 as he prepares for his next start in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.
Rick Porter, owner of Normandy Invasion, said May 12 the Tapit colt will not compete in the upcoming Preakness Stakes (gr. I) in favor of a summer campaign instead.
A wet track at Monmouth Park prompted trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. to postpone a scheduled pre-Preakness (gr. I) breeze for Itsmyluckyday the morning of May 11.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb galloped 1 1/4 miles under exercise rider Jenn Patterson May 10 at Belmont Park in preparation for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 18 at Pimlico.
Jon & Joel do some brief house cleaning on the Derby before turning the page and taking a first look at next Saturday's Preakness. Watch Video
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb gave exercise rider Jenn Patterson all the right signs May 9 in his preparation for the 138th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.
On a rainy May 8 morning at Belmont Park, Orb went to the racetrack for the first time since his victory in the Kentucky Derby. The Malibu Moon colt jogged a mile in preparation for the May 18 Preakness Stakes.
Don't be surprised if two of the participants, who could go off as the two top choices, begin gaping at each other as two childhood playmates might do meeting years later. read blog
Graded stakes winner Itsmyluckyday, who finished 15th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), was confirmed May 7 as a likely starter in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas confirmed May 7 that Titletown Five will be entered in the May 18 Preakness Stakes. Kentucky Derby runners Oxbow (sixth) and Will Take Charge (eighth) are also scheduled to compete.
Magdalena Racing's Bellarmine, winner of an entry-level allowance race for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs May 4, won't compete in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), trainer Ken McPeek said May 7.
Shug McGaughey discusses how Orb looks after the Kentucky Derby, the game plan for the Preakness Stakes, if the Kentucky Derby win has sunk in, and more! watch video
Although several other horses that prepped at Fair Grounds Racing & Slots ran well in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Al Stall, Jr., has no regrets about having Departing skip the race in favor of the Preakness Stakes.
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