Preakness 136

Preakness TV ratings: Viewership up, not down

The overnight numbers indicated a drop-off in TV viewership for Preakness 136, but the Nielsen ratings show that in fact, NBC’s broadcast gained viewers compared to last year.  The Preakness broadcast drew 8.8 million viewers, a five percent increase over 2010, making it the second-most watched Preakness in five years (bested only by Rachel Alexandra’s […]

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The Lane’s End Weekender Pedigree: Shackleford

Shackleford’s victory in the Preakness Stakes affirmed that Storm Cat’s son Forestry could sire a classic horse, and once more showed us the important classic influence of Kentucky Derby winner and Horse of the Year Unbridled. The latter sired winners of each Triple Crown race. His son Grindstone won the Kentucky Derby; Red Bullet won […]

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Scott: Focus on Crown steals Belmont’s thunder

Jeff Scott at The Saratogian writes that even though a solid field is shaping up for the Belmont Stakes, racing’s obsession with the Triple Crown might take some luster off the third jewel: “Although there is a tendency to dismiss the Belmont when there is no Triple Crown at stake, the race has seen a […]

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Finley: How did Shackleford do it?

ESPN’s Bill Finley is still trying to figure out how Shackleford won the Preakness, and he’s not sure there’s really a solid answer: “The Preakness was just another reminder of why there are a lot more broken-down horseplayers out there than rich ones. If you know anything about horse racing you knew Shackleford had no […]

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Behind the scenes with ‘Kingdom’ on Preakness day

The Steeplechase Times followed Animal Kingdom for the two weeks leading up to the Preakness and spent Saturday with the colt, too.  ST’s Joe Clancy describes the scene as Animal Kingdom paraded on the Pimlico stretch before the race: “The people in the grandstand remembered, and called out encouragement as Motion and his horse walked […]

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Overnights show viewership of Preakness down from 2010

Overnight television ratings for the 136th Preakness Stakes from Baltimore on Saturday were even with the 2010 levels, with the race portion of the telecast down 6% from last year and the lowest since 2000, according to published reports. The 4:30-6:45 p.m. telecast on NBC Sports drew an overall overnight rating of 56 urban markets […]

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Preakness Aftermath: The Raybie Awards

Baltimore has produced some of our country’s icons, from the world of fiction (Edgar Allen Poe) to entertainment (musician Frank Zappa) to sports (a bevy of stars, beginning with the great Babe Ruth and continuing to the modern-day Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps) and politics (Spiro T. Agnew). What do all these Baltimoreans have in […]

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Equine Project: PPs should include pre-race condition

After several horses appeared washed out before the Preakness Saturday, including eventual winner Shackleford, Barry Roos at Equine Project concludes that pre-race condition would be a welcome addition to past performance charts.  Shackleford, for example, had appeared hot in previous races: “You could have, c=cool, wo=washed out, and maybe some in between status, h=hot.   Had […]

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HRI – Zast: NBC’s Preakness coverage was good

Horse Race Insider Vic Zast gives high marks for NBC’s coverage of Preakness 136: “While not flawless – the coverage ran on a half-hour too long, failed to televise the sport’s number one turf horse even though Paddy O’Prado won the Dixie Stakes during the telecast’s timeframe, and had technical problems that obliterated trainer Graham […]

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Romans: This group is better than people say

As Preakness-winning trainer Dale Romans mulls a Belmont bid for his colt Shackleford, he hopes Animal Kingdom will head to New York as well. “It’d be great if we could develop a little rivalry within the 3-year-old division right now,” Romans tells the Herald-Leader. “I think these 3-year-olds are a lot better than people are […]

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