Triple Crown

Security beefs up for Animal Kingdom

Connections for Animal Kingdom have hired ex-military to keep watch over the Kentucky Derby winner after Team Valor owner Barry Irwin made comments criticizing the horse racing industry, specifically those comments referring to most trainers as liars. “I’m just trying to be cautious  because my trainer and I have been very vocal about medication use,” […]

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NFL coach relates to Derby-winning trainer

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid stopped by Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Graham Motion’s barn at Fair Hill training center in Maryland on Friday morning.  After the nerve-wracking week he had, Motion asked Reid: “What I want to know is how do you get any sleep during the playoffs?”  The coach laughed because he was able […]

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Preakness notes May 13: Mr. Commons joins the party

PRESS RELEASE BALTIMORE – 05-13-11 – Trainer Chris Grove loaded Norman Asbjornson onto a van at Bowie Training Center Friday morning for a short ride to Pimlico Race Course, where the 3-year-old colt was given his final workout for the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes on May 21. With jockey Julian Pimentel aboard, the […]

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Sway Away’s Turn

The entry then subsequent scratch of Uncle Mo caused Sway Away, 21st in graded earnings, to miss the Kentucky Derby.  Trainer Jeff Bonde was disappointed but did not blame Uncle Mo’s connections.  He will get to showcase the son of Afleet Alex Saturday May 21st in the Preakness.

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Ritvo confirms PPI #2 Mucho Macho Man on track for Preakness

Kentucky Derby third-place finisher Mucho Macho Man is on track to compete in the second leg of the Triple Crown on May 21. “Put those rumors to rest. As long as he continues what he’s doing, we’re coming.” Chuckling, Ritvo said,” Whoever it is, they’re probably afraid of us, that’s why they’re saying it.”

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PPI #1 Animal Kingdom almost had to run in Blue Grass

It’s all history now, but at one point it appeared Animal Kingdom’s path to the Derby was supposed to have one more race in its way. Originally scheduled for the ungraded Rushaway, his connections made the decision to swap him and stablemate Crimson China who proved to not have enough earnings to make the Vinery […]

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PPI #8 Astrology to arrive at Pimlico Wednesday

Co-owner George Bolton confirmed that his colt Astrology will arrive in Baltimore on Wednesday for a run at the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

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Napravnik: When is it a good thing to lose?

To racing history, this past weekend was the highest Kentucky Derby finish for a female jockey and a great finish in the Kentucky Oaks. But to the fiery 23-year-old Rosie Napravnik, it was a 9th place finish in the Derby and a loss in the Oaks. “I never had so many congratulations for finishing ninth,” […]

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Preakness Notes May 12: Calm Before the Storm

PRESS RELEASE BALTIMORE, 05-12-11 –Graham Motion was accompanied by family dogs, Bentley and Ginger, on the walk to the racetrack Thursday morning to supervise the training of his horses in the bucolic setting of Fair Hill Training Center. “I told my wife, Anita, ‘It’s one step closer to normalcy,’ ”said Motion, whose life and career […]

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