Triple Crown

Animal Kingdom’s Victory is a Positive for Synthetic Tracks

Animal Kingdom became the first horse since Lil E. Tee in 1992 to win the Kentucky Derby after taking Turfway Park’s premier race.  The difference, however, is that Animal Kingdom did it on a synthetic surface.  It has become increasingly believed that the synthetic prep races are inferior to their dirt counterparts.  For now, at […]

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Susan Faber Named 2011 Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior

PRESS RELEASE Susan Faber has been named Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior for the 136th Preakness® Stakes.  Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior will serve as the official Preakness ambassador at all events leading up to and including themiddle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown. Pimlico Race Course and the Maryland affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, […]

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PPI #1 Animal Kingdom Jogs at Fair Hill

In his first visit to the track at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland after winning the Kentucky Derby last week, PPI #1 Animal Kingdom began preparations to take on the second leg of the Triple Crown with a light jog. By all accounts, the son of Leroidesanimaux is in good condition coming out of […]

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Late Scratch Puts Mo Spotlight on Derby Policy

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for thee past week, you’re well aware that Todd Pletcher and Mike Repole decided to scratch Uncle Mo after the Derby field was drawn. This kept West Coast hopeful Sway Away out of the field of 20 and has drawn the ire of critics including the Thoroughbred Times’ […]

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Preakness notes 5-11: Derby winner preps in Maryland

Press Release Team Valor International’s Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom visited the track at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. for the first time Wednesday as he began preparations for the 136th Preakness Stakes on May 21. Trainer Graham Motion sent the son of turf champion Leroidesanimaux out to the track at 8:30 […]

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What kind of odds will Animal Kingdom be?

Usually when a shorter-priced horse wins the Kentucky Derby, they are made the favorite for the second leg of the Triple Crown.  But when longshots win the Derby, bettors often skip over them to some extent in Baltimore.  Longshots such as Giacomo, Mine That Bird and Charismatic were not Preakness favorites. So what will happen […]

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Waldrop: Derby attendance proves what works

NTRA President Alex Waldrop analyzes the successful marketing strategies that helped Kentucky Derby 137 attract a record crowd this year.  Among them – responding to fans’ critiques of the Churchill Downs facilities: “Ten years ago, fans sent a clear message to those of us running Churchill Downs that we either had to upgrade the facility […]

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Preakness marketing strategy paying off

The Maryland Jockey Club’s controversial marketing strategy for the Preakess appears to be working.  As of Tuesday, ticket sales were up 17 percent over last year and projections are for the best attendance figures in at least four years. Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas defended the half-man, half-horse mascot Kegasus, designed to attract beer-drinking young […]

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Racing Post: Preakness is the “Lisa Simpson” of the Triple Crown

In analyzing the Kentucky Derby results, the Racing Post gives Animal Kingdom’s performance a “decent benchmark” rating of 126+.  It goes on to conclude that the Preakness – the middle child of the Triple Crown – is actually the perfect test for three-year-olds: “The Preakness is very much the Lisa Simpson of the triple crown […]

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