Preakness Stakes

Triple Crown-Winning Smith Voted Jockey Of The Week

With a win in the Belmont Stakes that made Justify the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown, Mike Smith was voted Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for June 4 – 10, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which […]

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Fiske On Tenfold: ‘No Better-Bred Belmont Horse In The Crop’

David Fiske has been declaring for months that Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Preakness Stakes third-place finisher Tenfold has the best pedigree for the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes of any horse in this 3-year-old crop. “I guess it’s put up or shut up,” Fiske, Winchell Thoroughbreds’ long-time racing and bloodstock manager, said recently with a laugh. “I’ve been telling people […]

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Mike Smith’s Bid For Racing History A Long Time In The Making

Mike Smith was a ninth-grade student when he decided to become a jockey. The son of a rider – with an uncle who trained and grandparents who owned racehorses – he appeared destined to fall in love with the sport. The rest would be up to him. Smith left his home in Roswell, New Mexico […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: A Murky Merger, Out Of The Preakness Fog

Ever since the Supreme Court struck down a federal law prohibiting states from instituting sports betting, major players in the gambling industry have been moving at light speed. In today’s edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the latest domino to fall, involving a horse racing online wagering site and a […]

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A ‘BatCam’ Helped Save The Day For NBC’s Coverage Of Foggy Preakness

Rob Hyland has covered major events for NBC Sports, from college and professional football to Olympic track and field and figure skating, but the network’s lead producer for horse racing had never seen a challenge like last Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at foggy Pimlico in Baltimore, Md. “For the first time in my career,” Hyland said, […]

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Justify Leads NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll, Second Overall Behind West Coast

To nobody’s surprise, the undefeated dual-classic winner Justify remained a unanimous first-place choice in the latest NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll, results of which were released today, the Monday following his hard-fought win in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (G1). The Bob Baffert trainee, set to attempt a historic Triple Crown sweep in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (G1), earned all 40 first-place votes in this week’s poll […]

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‘A Jog Through The Baltimore Fog’: Calling 2018 Preakness No Easy Task

Pimlico track announcer Dave Rodman had to have been nervous as a thick fog descended over the course just ahead of Saturday’s 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes. The bizarre weather made Rodman’s binoculars basically useless, and obscured moments of the race from even the NBC television cameras. The announcer told thoroughbredracing.com that he was […]

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Good Magic Controversy: Did Pace-Pressing Trip Ruin Colt’s Preakness Chances?

Two days before the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes, 24-year-old champion jockey Jose Ortiz already had his race strategy in mind. “Hopefully, someone else goes [to the early lead]. If Justify goes, and I have to be the one putting pressure on him, I will be,” Ortiz told the Maryland Jockey Club press office. […]

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‘Sharp’ Bravazo, ‘Tremendous’ Tenfold Likely To Target Belmont Stakes

Hall of Fame trainer D Wayne Lukas said Sunday morning that he expects to take Preakness runner-up Bravazo to New York to the complete the Triple Crown cycle in the Belmont Stakes on June 9. Calumet Farm’s Bravazo, Preakness sixth-place finisher Sporting Chance and Lukas’ stable pony were on the van that left Pimlico well before dawn for the return […]

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Asmussen Scores $50,000 Preakness Weekend Bonus With Five Stakes Wins

For the second consecutive year, Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen claimed the top prize in the Maryland Jockey Club’s $100,000 bonus program offered to trainers for their participation in stakes races over Preakness weekend at legendary Pimlico Race Course. Asmussen led the way with 82 points to earn a $50,000 bonus. He won the $200,000 […]

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