George Bolton returning to Preakness

May 10, 2011|By Baltimore Sun staff

George Bolton, who won the 2007 Preakness as co-owner of Curlin, announced today that he's bringing Astrology to the 2011 Preakness next week. It will be Astrology's third start of the year.

Bolton, from Brooklandville, in Baltimore County, and Stonestreet teamed up for Curlin's thrilling victory, and Stonestreet saw success in 2009 when Rachel Alexandra became the first filly to win the Preakness in 85 years.

Astrology worked a strong six furlongs over a fast Churchill Downs track on Monday in 1:12.40, according to the news release that announced his decision to run in the Preakness. 

Starting the year at the $800,000 Grade III Sunland Derby at Sunland Park on March 27. Astrology finished second. On April 23, he finished second at Aqueduct in the Grade II Jerome Handicap.

Bolton grew up on the family's 45-acre estate in steeplechase country. His father, Perry Bolton, a longtime horse owner, won the Maryland Hunt Cup in 1998. His great-great-uncle, George Brown Jr., was a racing steward at state tracks in the 1950s and 1960s.

Coming home to Pimlico Race Course has been good to Bolton and Stonestreet.

"We are excited to try and win the Preakness for Stonestreet for the third time in five years," said Scott Blasi, an assistant trainer to Steve Asmussen.

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