The Maryland Jockey Club has announced details for this year's Preakness InfieldFEST, which will feature live entertainment, other events, and a $20 mug for unlimited refills of beer.
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There still is no live racing schedule for 2011 in Maryland after a Dec. 21 meeting of the Maryland Racing Commission.
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Thoroughbred racing in Maryland for 2011 is in limbo after the Maryland Racing Commission rejected the Maryland Jockey Club's plan for 47 racing dates.
The Maryland Jockey Club has unveiled the 2011 Preakness logo for the 136th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I), to be run Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Pimlico Race Course.
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The Maryland Jockey Club concluded its spring meeting at Pimlico Race Course the weekend of May 22-23, posting average wagering figures which were 8.7% lower than comparable dates from 2009.
Snow Chief, the 1986 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner and champion 3-year-old male, died Preakness Day of an apparent heart attack. The 27-year-old son of Reflected Glory stood at Eagle Oak Ranch near Paso Robles, Calif.
On the morning following Lookin At Lucky's victory in the 135th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 15, trainer Bob Baffert said the colt would be given a break and will not contest the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in three weeks.
Attendance was up but total handle was down for this year's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) program at Pimlico Race Course May 15.
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The weather forecast for Preakness day looks good with sunshine and a high temperature in the mid- to upper 70s.
Pimlico Race Course reported solid business figures for its May 14 program, which featured the grade II Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and promotions tied to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure program.
The Jockeys' Guild will not pursue sponsorship opportunities for riders participating in the 2010 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Guild national manager Terry Meyocks confirmed May 13.
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Pimlico Race Course could be hit by thunderstorms the afternoon and evening of May 14, but the forecast calls for dry, pleasant conditions for the May 15 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
One by one, they stepped off the van--nine Preakness Stakes (gr. I) horses all traveling on the same plane from Louisville, Ky. The only two Preakness horses previously on the grounds were Dublin and Northern Giant.
The 1 1/16-mile William Donald Schaefer, which often serves as a prep race for the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill June 12, is the eighth race on the card and is slated for 2:57 p.m.
Not surprisingly, WinStar Farm's Super Saver seemed to relish the wet track at Pimlico Race Course during a routine gallop May 13 in preparation for a start in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Post seven may be a good sign for unlucky Lookin At Lucky, while the chance of a wet track is just fine for the connections of Super Saver.
Robert LaPenta and Fred Brei's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) hopeful Jackson Bend was aboard a flight from Churchill Downs along with many of the other hopefuls for the May 16 race that was scheduled to arrive in Baltimore May 12.
Unlike the conditions that prevailed May 1 in Louisville for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, the May 15 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) will likely be contested over a fast track.
Suffolk Downs is offering free admission as it opens the gates for its 75th anniversary season May 15. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. and first post time for the nine-race program is 1:15 p.m.
Officials at the Maryland Jockey Club said May 10 that Edward P. Evans' homebred A Little Warm would not be entered in the May 15 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), opening the door for First Dude to be entered.
All three Triple Crown host racetracks are now fully accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance.
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Trainer Nick Zito confirmed May 5 that Ice Box, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will not be going on to Baltimore to compete in the May 15 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico.
WinStar Farm's Super Saver is scheduled to ship to Pimlico Race Course May 12 in advance of a Preakness Stakes (gr. I) that could attract a full field of 14.
The Get Your Preak On media campaign developed for the Preakness Stakes has prompted debate in Maryland since its launch more than eight weeks ago.
Pimlico Race Course officials said May 3 that Dublin, seventh in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will be shipping to Pimlico Race Course May 11 to prepare for the Preakness Stakes.
The second jewel of the Triple Crown will stay in Maryland regardless of what happens to Pimlico while Magna navigates bankruptcy proceedings.
Before the first race of Pimlico's annual spring meeting the Maryland racing community said goodbye to one of its most legendary figures, former track general manager Chick Lang, who passed away March 18 at the age of 83.
The Pimlico spring meet will feature 18 stakes races for purses of $2,435,000. Preakness weekend, the highlight of the meet, features 15 stakes races worth more than $2.2 million.
NBC reported approximately 1.2-million households tuned in to its Apr. 3 coverage of the Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby (both gr. I).
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The on-again-off-again Pimlico Special (gr. I) is off again for this year, according to a stakes schedule released by the Maryland Jockey Club March 16.
Lookin At Lucky and She Be Wild, the champion 2-year-old male and female, respectively, of 2009, top the list of 366 early nominees to the 2010 Triple Crown races.
Former president of the Maryland Jockey Club heads group that seeks to purchase the MJC from a bankrupt Magna Entertainment Corp.
Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Serte Equine's Mine That Bird, winner of the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), turned in a sharp four-furlong work July 20 in his final major training move at Churchill Downs prior to his scheduled run in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 1 at Mountaineer.
Ed Seigenfeld will step down as executive vice president of Triple Crown Productions (TCP) at the end of August. He has led the organization since March 1990, overseeing the Chrysler and Visa sponsorships of the Triple Crown and managing the network television negotiations for the series.
After working Mine That Bird June 1 at Churchill Downs, jockey Calvin Borel "guaranteed" that the gelded son of Birdstone would win the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Believe it or not, Borel is now even more confident.
ESPN and ABC will offer seven hours of Belmont Stakes (gr. I) coverage starting at noon ET--including ABC's two-hour race broadcast June 6 at 5 p.m.--as jockey Calvin Borel attempts to complete an unprecedented personal Triple Crown.
An exuberant Calvin Borel expressed confidence that Mine That Bird will win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) after working the diminutive gelding a half-mile in :50 on a warm, sunny June 1 morning at Churchill Downs.
With firm knowledge that the Preakness (gr. I)-winning filly Rachel Alexandra would pass on a possible run in the third jewel of the Triple Crown, trainer Bennie "Chip" Woolley Jr. and jockey Calvin Borel are both enthusiastically looking forward to the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and a bid to take two-thirds of the crown with Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner and Preakness runner-up Mine That Bird.
Rachel Alexandra will not be running in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Jess Jackson, the co-owner of the filly announced May 29.
Chip Woolley, the trainer of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird, said jockey Calvin Borel will ride his horse in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) if Rachel Alexandra isn't entered.
A 16.4% increase in average daily handle from out-of-state wagering outlets fueled an 8.9% jump in average daily handle from all sources during the spring meet at Pimlico Race Course.
NBC's May 16 telecast of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) from Pimlico earned better numbers than most other telecasts of the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
Early on the morning of May 18, trainer Bennie "Chip" Woolley had just loaded Mine That Bird into a horse trailer and was preparing for the 9-10 hour drive from Baltimore, Md., to Louisville, where the little gelding had won the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) before going on to finish second in the May 16 BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
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