Triple Crown

PPI #2 Mucho Macho Man drills in slop at Belmont

Third-place Kentucky Derby finisher Mucho Macho Man drilled a half-mile in :49 1/5 over a sloppy Belmont Park training track Tuesday.  Trainer Kathy Ritvo told the Blood-Horse she was happy with the work and the colt seems to be improving after his Derby performance. “He went really well and if the track comes up sloppy […]

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Zayat: Nehro won’t run in Preakness

Owner Ahmed Zayat said Tuesday morning that Kentucky Derby runner up Nehro will not go in Saturday’s Preakness.  Zayat tells the Daily Racing Form that he wanted to err on the side of caution. “He couldn’t look any better. His work on Monday was absolutely awesome. I’m just concerned about him having four hard races […]

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Could Animal Kingdom help bridge the international racing gap?

UPI racing writer Robert Kieckhefer wonders whether Derby winner Animal Kingdom’s unusual foreign-influenced pedigree might encourage American breeders to experiment a bit more with bloodlines.  And if Animal Kingdom continues to succeed, perhaps the colt might also help raise the connection between U.S. racing and the rest of the world: “It’s a shame that American […]

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Liebman – The Rail: Preakness media coverage

At the New York Times’ The Rail blog, Bennett Liebman features one of Tom Durkin’s best racing calls, looks into a few names of Preakness contenders and spotlights some of the Preakness media coverage so far: Kevin Cowherd likes the trainer Graham Motion. In the Baltimore Sun, he writes: “What I like about the guy […]

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PPI #15 Norman Asbjornson’s owner: “We’re going to win”

Despite appearances, Preakness contender Norman Asbjornson was not named for a European tennis player or the prime minister of a Scandanavian country.  No, the horse gets his moniker from the CEO of a heating and air conditioning equipment company.  And both the human Asbjornson and the horse’s owners are confident about winning the Preakness. Co-owner […]

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Motion: PPI #1 Animal Kingdom won’t ship ’til race day

Trainer Graham Motion will likely wait until Saturday to ship Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom to Pimlico for the Preakness.  Motion said Animal Kingdom is feeling comfortable at the Fair Hill Training Center, about an hour and a half from the racetrack, and he doesn’t want his colt dealing with unnecessary stress the night before […]

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Kegasus appears, promises “legendary times”

Press Release Kegasus, the Lord of the InfieldFEST, made his first Preakness week appearance at Pimlico Race Course on Monday to survey his kingdom and spread the word about what he promises to be a legendary event. A modern twist on the mythical centaur, half man and half horse, Kegasus was bestowed with his title […]

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Preakness notes May 16: Animal Kingdom likely ML favorite

Here are the latest notes from Pimlico on the Preakness 136 contenders: ANIMAL KINGDOM – Trainer Graham Motion sent his Kentucky Derby winner out for a 1 1/2-mile gallop on the dirt track at Fair Hill Training Center Monday morning. The Team Valor International homebred trained on the synthetic Tapeta surface Sunday morning following heavy […]

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Churchill barn notes 5-16: Preakness contenders work

Press Release Churchill Downs barn notes 5-16-11 ASTROLOGY WORKS HALF-MILE IN :51.60 FOR PREAKNESS NEHRO WORLS HALF-MILE; PREAKNESS DECISION TUESDAY QUICK MIDNIGHT INTERLUDE DRILL PLEASES BAFFERT ASTROLOGY/NEHRO – The two possible Preakness contenders in the Churchill Downs barn of trainer Steve Asmussen turned in easy half-mile works over a sloppy and sealed track on Monday […]

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PPI #6 Nehro breezes well, still a “tough decision”

Kentucky Derby runner-up Nehro breezed a half-mile in 50.80 seconds over a sloppy Churchill Downs track Monday, looking good enough for owner Ahmed Zayat to tell the Daily Racing Form he has a “tough decision” about whether to run his colt in the Preakness Saturday. “I know what I saw,” Zayat said.  “I saw a […]

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