Keyword: Preakness

  • Zito Looks Forward to a New Day

    Nick Zito ran five horses in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) -- including the favorite -- and no one has to remind him they finished seventh, eighth, 10th, 14th, and 15th. But the Preakness (gr. I) is a new day, Zito said Friday morning at Pimlico.

  • 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.

  • Preakness entrant Greeley's Galaxy breezes with exercise rider John Lloyd in the rain Friday morning at Pimlico.

    Greeley's Galaxy Relishes Slop in Quick Breeze

    With the wind blowing and rain falling, B. Wayne Hughes' Greeley's Galaxy rolled through a three-furlong workout in :34.87 on a sloppy track at Pimlico Race Course Friday morning in preparation for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • 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.

  • Pass 'Hall' to Win Schaefer

    In the race immediately preceding the Preakness (gr. I) at Pimlico Saturday, eight older horses will contest the $100,000 William Donald Schaefer Handicap (gr. III) over nine furlongs.

  • Premiere Radio to Deliver Preakness Radio Broadcast

    Premiere Radio Networks will deliver the exclusive radio call of the 130th Preakness Stakes May 21 live from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. The one-hour broadcast will begin at 5:30 p.m. (ET) with The Preakness Stakes post time scheduled for 6:05 p.m.

  • Trainer Nick Zito, who may start three horses in the Preakness Stakes.

    Zito May Start Three in Preakness; Two Work at Churchill

    Although High Fly will have to wait until Tuesday morning to earn his way into the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) field during a scheduled half-mile workout at Churchill Downs, stablemates Noble Causeway and Sun King punched their tickets to Pimlico Race Course after pleasing trainer Nick Zito with their respective five-furlong workouts Monday morning

  • Greeley's Galaxy Sharp in Churchill Slop

    Greeley's Galaxy, winner of the Illinois Derby (gr. I) and 11th in last week's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), tuned up for an expected run in the Preakness (gr. I) with a sharp five furlong work in the slop on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

  • 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.

  • Pleased Mullins Says Buzzards Bay to Skip Preakness

    Trainer Jeff Mullins, back at his Santa Anita stable where he'll prepare Buzzards Bay for a probable start in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 11, said he took pleasure in seeing how well the much-criticized California contingent did against the best the East Coast had to offer in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Nominations Made for Preakness Weekend

    The racing office of the Maryland Jockey Club Tuesday released the lists of nominees for the thirteen other stakes that make up Preakness (gr. I) weekend, May 20-21.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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>.

  • NBC Inks 5-Year Deal for Derby, Preakness

    Continuing a relationship that began in 2001, NBC Sports has reached an agreement with Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment/Maryland Jockey Club to telecast the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes an additional five years, from 2006 to 2010.

  • Greeley&#39;s Galaxy&#39;s Illinois Derby win no automatic ticket to the ball.

    Greeley's Galaxy Faces Uphill Climb to Derby

    B. Wayne Hughes could easily wind up on the outside looking in with Greeley's Galaxy for the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in spite of the colt's $300,000 in graded earnings from his Illinois Derby (gr. II) win April 9.

  • Pimlico Spring Meet Begins April 20

    Live racing on the Maryland circuit shifts to historic Pimlico Race Course April 20 for the spring meet. The headline event of the eight-week stand is the 130th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the middle jewel of the VISA Triple Crown, on May 21.

  • Triple Crown Nominations Total 358

    A total of 358 3-year-olds have been nominated for the 2005 Visa Triple Crown. Although the figure is down from the 400-plus nominations in each of the previous four years, it will be of little significance once the multitude of talented 3-year-olds start making their way toward the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Fusaichi Samurai wins in first-ever outing.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Will 2005 be the spring of the Samurai?

    December or no December, the journey to Louisville has officially begun. Just ask any trainer with a promising 2-year-old if the lure of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hasn't already taken a firm hold. Over the past 10 days we've seen several exciting hopefuls emerge. And there's still that little matter of crowning a champ this weekend.

  • Deputed Testamony Pensioned From Stallion Duty

    Deputed Testamony, the oldest living winner of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), has been pensioned from stallion duty at the Boniface family's Bonita Farm near Darlington, Md.

  • Servis Not Worried About Belmont Distance

    Trainer John Servis is not worried about Smarty Jones getting the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) distance of 1 1/2 miles. But just a few months ago he was worried about the colt going 1 1/4 miles.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Building Blocks

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Somewhere at the Aurora, Canada, corporate headquarters where Frank Stronach sits atop his Magna International and Magna Entertainment Corp. empire, there is a warehouse filled with architectural drawings and miniature models for changes to the racetracks Magna now owns.

  • Preakness TV Rating Highest Since 1990

    NBC Sports' broadcast of Smarty Jones' win in the 129th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) Saturday delivered a 6.1 national rating / 15 share for the full telecast, which is the best since 1990 and a 22% improvement over last year's 5.0/13, according to Nielsen Media Research. The 1990 Preakness, won by Summer Squall, generated a 7.2 rating/21 share.

  • Will Smarty Jones duplicate his Preakness win in the Belmont and take home the coveted Triple Crown trophy?

    Cinderella Story

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- Get the golden coach ready; we're heading to the ball again. After so many failed attempts, maybe this time Smarty Jones can fit into that elusive glass slipper, and Thoroughbred racing and the Visa Triple Crown finally can live happily ever after.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Jonesing

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Checking media coverage of the extended Jones family, Smarty's a clear winner.

  • Imus Ranch Wins $123,000 in NTRA Promotion

    The Imus Ranch, a retreat for children fighting cancer, is $123,000 richer thanks to a National Thoroughbred Racing Association promotion in which Don Imus, the popular host of WFAN's nationally syndicated "Imus in the Morning" program, wagers $10,000 on each race in the VISA Triple Crown.

  • Only Rock Hard Ten and Eddington will follow Smarty Jones to Belmont.

    The Morning After: Preakness Top Three to Return in Belmont

    On the morning following Smarty Jones' record performance in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), trainer John Servis appeared on national television and prepared to move his colt out of Pimlico. Meanwhile, the trainers of Rock Hard Ten and Eddington, the second- and third-place finishers, said they will attempt to upset a Triple Crown bid by going on to the June Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Smarty Jones rolls to victory in the Preakness.

    Smarty Jones Electrifies in Preakness Romp

    In front of a record crowd of 112,668 at Pimlico Race Course May 15, Roy and Pat Chapman's Smarty Jones made a shambles of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and kept his record perfect with his eighth win, this one by more than 11 lengths.

  • Local favorite Gators N Bears takes the Maryland Breeders&#39; Cup.

    Gators N Bears: Oh My

    The Leo Nechamkin II's Gators N Bears burst through the pack on the inside in the Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) to win the $186,000 race by 1 ¼ lengths Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Artie Schiller Rolls in Woodlawn

    Tucked under cover for most of the race, Artie Schiller broke loose from the back to pull away to a 3 ¾-length victory in the $100,000 Woodlawn Stakes on the Preakness undercard.

  • Abbondanza Skims Rail to Win Hirsch Jacobs

    Germania Farms' Abbondanza received a rail-skimming ride from Ramon Dominguez and held off the late rally of Bwana Charlie to win the Hirsch Jacobs Stakes by a head on the Preakness undercard Saturday.

  • Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones: Is he vulnerable in the Preakness?

    Preakness Analysis: Derby Tri Looks Stro

    It's not easy to bet against Smarty Jones in Saturday's Preakness Stakes. You're trying to beat perfection, as well as forces that may very well be guiding the colt into a special place in history. Can anyone hope to derail one of the greatest feel-good stories ever? As sacrilegious as it may seem, let's at least give it a try.

  • The Cliff&#39;s Edge, will miss the Preakness Stakes due to a foot abscess.

    The Cliff's Edge Out of the Preakness

    Robert LaPenta's The Cliff's Edge has been scratched from Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I). The official word came from trainer Nick Zito Friday morning on the backside at Pimlico Racecourse.

  • Preakness Entrants Gallop as Big Event Nears

    Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's Lion Heart walked the shedrow for an hour the morning of May 14 before he headed to the racetrack for a gallop, and then was schooled in the indoor paddock at Pimlico Race Course. Lion Heart is the second choice in the morning line for the May 15 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).