Preakness 136

Mucho Macho Man on the sidelines at Saratoga

Of the three-year-olds that ran in all three legs of this year’s Triple Crown, we know the likely path for two of them.  Derby winner Animal Kingdom is recovering from an injury and won’t race again until next year.  Preakness champion Shackleford is set to go in both the Haskell and the Travers. The third […]

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Mr. Commons to hit the turf at Del Mar

Triple Crown runner Mr. Commons is set to get back on the lawn in next week’s Oceanside Stakes on Del Mar’s opening day.  Mr. Commons, who finished third in the Santa Anita Derby and eighth in the Preakness, won his only start on the turf, breaking his maiden on the downhill course at Santa Anita […]

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Beyer: Triple Crown has something to build upon

Washington Post writer Andrew Beyer writes that while the Triple Crown race results may have been disappointing to some, as a whole, the series had a pretty good year with strong live attendance and wagering interest.  To build upon that success, Beyer suggests a couple of tweaks for next year.  One is reducing the field […]

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Jerardi: Shackleford shouldn’t slow down Belmont pace

Turf writer Dick Jerardi, writing for the Daily Racing Form, has an interesting perspective on the Belmont’s potential pace scenario.  Jerardi doesn’t agree with the assumption that Shackleford won the Preakness by slowing things down in the middle of the race.  He says Shackleford won the race in the early stages.  He believes horses like […]

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Veitch: The top ten three-year-olds

With two legs of the Triple Crown complete and an eye toward the Belmont and Travers, Michael Veitch gives his top ten ranking of this year’s three-year-old crop: 1. Animal Kingdom (6) The Derby winner has steady form and has not been worse than second in his career. He followed the Run for the Roses […]

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Romans and Fox make dynamic duo

The Daily Racing Form profiles Preakness-winning trainer Dale Romans and exercise rider Tammy Fox.  The “curious” couple has been together for 20 years, and by all accounts, they make a good team: While Romans, 44, has steadily increased his profile since he won his first race in 1987, Fox, 46, has been the proverbial good […]

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Triple Crown Insider: On to the Belmont

In the latest edition of the Triple Crown Insider, Jon Siegel and Joel Cunningham explain why the Preakness result makes sense in hindsight and look at who might step forward in the Belmont Stakes June 11.  Click below to watch.

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HRI – Pricci: The more disclosure, the better

Horse Race Insider John Pricci “weighs” in on the disclosure of information to bettors about a horse’s condition, such as weight loss or profuse pre-race sweating.  The issue has been debated following NBC’s Preakness broadcast.  Bettors complained that information about certain runners came too late to make an adjustment to wagers.  Pricci concludes: “During the […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: The Origins of Kegasus

Jimmy Learned is the founder and president of Elevation Ltd., the Washington, D.C.-based advertising agency hired by the Maryland Jockey Club to create the 2010 “Get Your Preak On” and 2011 “Kegasus” campaigns promoting the Preakness InfieldFest. The campaigns were controversial and edgy, which, of course meant they were widely criticized in the stodgy world […]

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HRI – Pricci: Preakness not enough to save Maryland racing

Horse Race Insider John Pricci says the success of the Preakness can’t hide the fact that Maryland racing is still in big trouble.  With no summer racing and no viable plan in place for the long-term, Pricci hopes one of several ideas will come to fruition in a state where racing dates back well over […]

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