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Five Additional Preakness Contenders Arrive At Pimlico Tuesday

Three vans transporting five candidates for Saturday’s 142nd Preakness Stakes (G1) arrived at Pimlico Race Course within minutes of each other Tuesday afternoon. A pair of vans carrying four Preakness horses and others targeting stakes on Friday and Saturday passed through the stable gate at 3:40 p.m. Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Lookin At Lee was […]

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Asmussen Pleased As Hence, Lookin At Lee Turn In Final Breezes For Preakness

Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen’s duo of Calumet Farm’s Hence and L and N Racing’s Lookin At Lee put in their final breezes Monday morning at Churchill Downs prior to Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (Grade I) at Pimlico Race Course. Hence, 11th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), breezed a half-mile in […]

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Preakness Notes: Senior Investment, Multiplier Record Final Works At Keeneland

Illinois Derby (G3) winner Multiplier breezed five-eighths of a mile in 1:00 4/5 in company with the 3-year-old maiden War Union at Keeneland Sunday morning. Trainer Brendan Walsh was aboard Multiplier through eighth-mile splits of 12 2/5 seconds, 24, 36 1/5 and 48 2/5 while on the inside of the workmate, galloping out three-quarters of […]

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Classic Empire ‘A Happy Horse’ Heading Into Preakness

John Oxley’s Classic Empire completed his Preakness Stakes preparations at Churchill Downs with a gallop over the main track on Sunday morning. The Kentucky Derby fourth place-finisher is scheduled to depart Barn 36 on Sunday at 5 p.m. (all times Eastern) for a van ride to Pimlico Race Course. “He’s been doing great,” assistant trainer […]

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Preakness Notes: Sloppy Track, Rainy Forecast Alter Training Plans

A sloppy track forced trainer Todd Pletcher to cancel his plan to gallop Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming Friday morning at Pimlico Race Course. Instead of doing one circuit jogging over the sloppy track, the animated son of Bodemeister, ridden by Nick Bush, was allowed to make a second lap and covered two miles […]

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Churchill-Based Preakness Contenders Continue To Gear Up For Triple Crown’s Second Jewel

John Oxley’s Classic Empire, L and N Racing’s Lookin At Lee and Calumet Farm’s Hence all continued preparations for the Preakness on Friday morning at Churchill Downs. Classic Empire, off of his troubled fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, jogged one mile and galloped one mile under regular exercise rider Martin Rivera. Classic Empire, along […]

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Churchill: Hence, Classic Empire Among Derby Runners Returning To Track Wednesday Morning

Three horses that chased Always Dreaming to the finish line in last Saturday’s 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) returned to the track on a warm Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs. John Oxley’s Classic Empire, the morning-line favorite for the Derby who finished fourth, jogged at 6 a.m. (all […]

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Preakness Notes: Always Dreaming ‘Laid Back’ In Baltimore, Gunnevera Resumes Training

While waiting at Pimlico Race Course for the arrival of Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming Tuesday morning, assistant trainer Ginny DePasquale recalled the day her 20-year employment with trainer Todd Pletcher’s stable began. “We were in Hialeah. I was kind of in between jobs and walked up to him and asked if he was looking […]

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Pletcher ‘Really Pleased’ With Always Dreaming Monday; Hence Added To Preakness Mix

Two days after winning his second career Kentucky Derby, trainer Todd Pletcher said he is impressed with how Always Dreaming came out of his 2 3/4-length victory over Lookin At Lee in Saturday’s Run for the Roses. “So far I’ve been amazed at how well he came out of the race,” said Pletcher at Churchill […]

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Derby Notes, April 30: Battle Of Midway, Sonneteer, Irap Get First Tours Of Churchill

ALWAYS DREAMING/PATCH/TAPWRIT – A pair of Derby-bound colts were out early for exercise and another had a day off Sunday out of the Todd Pletcher barn on a cloudy but mild morning at Churchill Downs. The trio of 3-year-olds — Always Dreaming, Patch and Tapwrit – were the “chosen ones” who had made the cut […]

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