Triple Crown

Preakness notes May 18: Mucho among arrivals, Prado gets “Perfect”

Here are the updated notes on the Preakness 136 contenders provided by Pimlico Wednesday afternoon, May 18.  Mucho Macho Man was the first of nine runners to arrive on the Pimlico grounds Wednesday.  Isn’t He Perfect secured the riding services of Edgar Prado. ANIMAL KINGDOM – Trainer Graham Motion sent the Kentucky Derby winner out […]

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Hovdey: Top ten Preakness moments

The Daily Racing Form’s Jay Hovdey ranks his favorite moments in Preakness history, from Canonero II’s Fairy tale in 1971 to the scintillating Affirmed/Alydar and Sunday Silence/Easy Goer stretch duels to Rachel Alexandra beating the boys. Can you guess which Preakness is number one?  And what’s your favorite Preakness moment?

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It’s “old home week” for announcer Collmus

Press Release The childhood dream come true reaches another pinnacle for Larry Collmus Saturday. Weaned on thoroughbred racing at four Maryland tracks, Collmus comes home to call the state’s biggest race, the 136th edition of the Preakness Stakes, two weeks after his Triple Crown debut for NBC-TV at the Kentucky Derby. “It’s sort of real […]

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The Rail: Are horses too young for the Triple Crown?

At the New York Times’ The Rail blog, psychiatrist Jeff Deitz looks the issue of still-developing colts and fillies participating in the rigors of the Triple Crown.  In his analysis, he includes input from Barbaro’s doctor, Dr. Dean Richardson: Dr. Richardson’s observation got me thinking. Extrapolating from that, an athletic 3-year-old colt would correspond to […]

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Preakness PP draw and television coverage

The Preakness 136 post position draw is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday from Pimlico Race Course.  It will not be broadcast on NBC or Versus.  Instead, HRTV will have the draw as part of its “Pursuit of the Crown” show.  Here is the weekend schedule from NBC/Versus (all times Eastern): Fri., Preakness Classics, 3-4 p.m., […]

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Video: Setting up for Preakness in under a minute

Baltimore Sun photographer/videographer Karl Merton Ferron has produced a neat time-lapse video of Pimlico Race Course setting up for Saturday’s 136th running of the Preakness.  Click below to watch.  

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Scheinman: How Barry Irwin learned to speak his mind

At the Preakness 136 website, John Scheinman shares the highlights of a long phone interview with Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin.  Irwin has had plenty of time to reflect on his controversial post-Derby comments about “lying trainers,” and he admitted to Scheinman at the beginning of their interview that he needed to “learn to keep […]

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Preakness notes May 17: Tune-ups in Baltimore and elsewhere

Here are the latest updates from Pimlico Race Course on the Preakness 136 contenders as of Tuesday afternoon, May 17: ANIMAL KINGDOM – Team Valor International’s Kentucky Derby winner galloped 1½ miles over the synthetic Tapeta surface at Fair Hill Training Center Tuesday morning. As he did Sunday when rain left the dirt track muddy, […]

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Animal Kingdom gallops over Tapeta at Fair Hill

Likely Preakness favorite Animal Kingdom put in another gallop over the Fair Hill Training Center track Tuesday, this time going 1 3/4 miles in front of both trainer Graham Motion and Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin.  Animal Kingdom galloped over the Tapeta surface because the dirt track was sloppy after heavy rains.

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