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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2010
If the Preakness represents another chance for four colts who ran behind Super Saver in the Kentucky Derby, it also provides first-time Triple Crown exposure to seven new horses. Even though only three "shooters" have won the Preakness in the past 20years (Rachel Alexandra last year, Bernardini in 2006 and Red Bullet in 2000), Caracortado heads a cast of hopeful newcomers at Pimlico Race Course. "He's trained well and he's run against some of the best horses around," said Mike Machowsky, trainer for the California-bred gelding, who opened at 10-1 odds.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
With the short-lived nasal strip controversy resolved and wins in two Triple Crown races on his resume, California Chrome arrived in Elmont, N.Y., shortly after 11 a.m. on Tuesday, where his connections plan to run the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby champion in the Belmont Stakes on June 7. Chrome, who won the 139th Preakness by 1 1/2 lengths on Saturday, will try to become the first winner of horse racing's Triple Crown since Affirmed...
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2011
Prior to the Kentucky Derby, most horse racing handicappers and experts looked at Animal Kingdom as little more than a turf horse. He had never run on dirt, and his bloodlines seemed to imply he'd be far more comfortable on grass. He had very little racing experience, and in the four races he had run, he had four different jockeys. Animal Kingdom was certainly pretty to look at, but to most people, he didn't feel like a Derby winner. Even the partnership that owns him had doubts the Run for the Roses was the right race for him. Prior to the first Saturday in May, anyone calling him a legitimate Triple Crown contender would have been laughed at. A relatively easy victory in the sport's signature race, however, has a way of prompting reassessment.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome has just three weeks and 1 1/2 miles of racing in the June 7 Belmont Stakes ahead of him in his bid to become horse racing's 12th Triple Crown winner, a task that has proved impossible in the new era of racing. Since Affirmed last won the Triple Crown in 1978, more horses have completed the Derby-Preakness double (12) without adding the third jewel than have won all three in the series' 139-year-history (11). And with each double-winning horse who falls short at Belmont Park, known as the "Test of the Champion," the racing community is left to wonder whether the three-race sweep will ever be achieved again.
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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2013
Orb, the Kentucky Derby winner who will be the favorite to win Saturday's 138th running of the Preakness, rarely enters his stall until he has had time to graze. On Monday afternoon, the strapping colt co-owned by Baltimore County resident Stuart Janney III, had his first taste of Maryland's turf. He walked off a large transport van at about 3:20 p.m., striding past the assembled media toward Pimlico Race Course's Barn E. There, he has been assigned stall number 40, which housed all three Triple Crown winners of the 1970s during their trips to Baltimore.
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By Chris Korman | May 6, 2012
Originally, trainer Doug O'Neill had planned to keep Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another at posh Churchill Downs. But during a long night of celebrating - O'Neill, predictably enough, copped to uttering the name of his horse many times to the bartender - the California trainer and the colt's connections decided otherwise. He will ship to Pimlico Monday and is expected to arrive around 5 p.m. to prepare for the Preakness, second leg of the Triple Crown. “We just figured getting over there and getting settled in would be a good idea,” O'Neill said this morning, at a mostly quiet track.
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By PAUL MCMULLEN and PAUL MCMULLEN,SUN REPORTER | July 13, 2006
KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. -- The tenuous recovery of Barbaro continued yesterday, clouded by an ominous update by the veterinary surgeon who has treated the fractures that made the Kentucky Derby winner pull up in the Preakness Stakes. "As we said [Tuesday], Barbaro's condition is potentially serious, and we are aggressively seeking all treatment options," Dr. Dean Richardson said in a statement posted on the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Web site. "We will focus on further diagnostics and keeping our patient comfortable.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Evening Sun Staff | May 8, 1991
Kentucky Derby winner Strike The Gold arrived at Pimlico today after an overnight van ride from Churchill Downs.The horse was accompanied in the truck by five other horse and his trainer, Nick Zito, who rode with the horse for the entire 10-hour trip."
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By SANDRA MCKEE and SANDRA MCKEE,SUN REPORTER | August 15, 2006
Derby winner Barbaro takes big step forward Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro is picking his own grass now. Nearly three months after shattering his right hind leg in the Preakness, Barbaro took his first steps outside late last week and grazed in the grassy area adjacent to the intensive care unit at the New Bolton Center, where he has been since the devastating May 20 incident at Pimlico Race Course. "I was at Saratoga, when Mrs. [Gretchen] Jackson called me and said, `You'll never guess where I am. I'm outside with Barbaro and he's eating grass!
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2010
Todd Pletcher is not a man who enjoys idle moments. Even when he's riding in the passenger seat of an SUV — as he was Wednesday morning, when he made the journey from Monmouth Park in New Jersey to Baltimore — he cannot sit still. He does not listen to music, read a book, gaze at the scenery or make friendly conversation with the driver, assistant Adriane Hall. Instead, Pletcher works. He cracks open his laptop, pulls up his weekly reports and his schedules, and dials up his clients.
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Sun reports via Maryland Jockey Club | May 11, 2014
When Rosie Napravnik ventures to Pimlico Race Course to ride Bayern in Saturday's 139th running of the Preakness, the 26-year-old riding star can expect an emotional homecoming. A familiar face will not be there to greet her. Trainer Dickie Small, who gave her a leg up on her very first winner, died April 4. "There'll be a void at Pimlico," said Napravnik, who guided the Small-trained Ringofdiamonds to victory at Pimlico in her first career ride on June 9, 2005. "When I ride in big races and do well, he's one of the first people I think of. I know how proud of me he would be. " Small's presence will be missed next weekend, but Napravnik can expect a lot of support from family and friends at Pimlico as she attempts to realize a schoolgirl's dream of someday winning the Preakness, as well as the Kentucky Derby.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2014
If the horse racing world needed a little more evidence heading into Preakness week that the erstwhile "Sport of Kings" has turned a corner in Maryland, consider this scene on a misty Friday morning at the idyllic Fair Hill Training Center outside Elkton. Stuart Janney III, who was sitting pretty with Kentucky Derby winner Orb at this time last year, is walking the grounds with his wife, Lynn, and Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, inspecting the barn that Janney and cousin Ogden Mills Phipps purchased last August and made into a seasonal hub of their racing operation just three weeks ago. Yes, that Stuart Janney, the descendent of racing royalty who once tried to help fix Maryland racing when it seemed to be on a stretch run to ruin.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
California Chrome did what he was supposed to do at the Kentucky Derby, running the exact race his trainer and jockey envisioned as other contenders found trouble around him. As a result, the only horse with a flawless resume entering the first leg of the Triple Crown also emerged the comfortable winner. The chestnut colt's victory paid off a delightful underdog narrative. His owners, Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, were relative racing novices who spent a modest $10,000 to breed their champion from humble parents.
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By Nicholas Fouriezos and The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
The 3-year-old colt who inspired a summer fervor for Maryland horse racing by winning five straight races, including the 2013 Kentucky Derby, is entering retirement. Orb, owned by Baltimore native Stuart S. Janney III and home-bred at Phipps Stable, will enter stud at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky next year, finishing his career as a millionaire and multiple Grade 1 stakes winner. “I have very mixed emotions about it, because I really would have loved to run him next year,” Janney said.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2013
Most of the horses in the stakes barns at Pimlico Race Course had cleared out by 8:30 Sunday morning, having loaded into vans under the cover of early-morning rain. Plates with pieces of cake left over from last night's victory party for Oxbow dotted the ground near trainer D. Wayne Lukas' temporary office, as did a few emptied beer bottles. As he said he would, Lukas began loading his horses into a van bound for Louisville less than 12 hours after winning his 14th Triple Crown race, a new record.
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By Jean Marbella, Andrea Walker and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2013
No Triple Crown winner this year, no first-female-jockey-to-win, no sunshine? No problem, said those who flocked to Pimlico Race Course on Saturday and waited out a midafternoon downpour to watch Oxbow leave behind Kentucky Derby winner Orb to capture the 138th Preakness Stakes. "This is always an exciting race," said Tom Meek, 59, of Phoenixville, Pa., smoking a postrace cigar. "As much as I love Orb and as much as I want a Triple Crown, this is great for Oxbow. That horse rocked.
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By KENT BAKER and KENT BAKER,SUN REPORTER | May 16, 2006
ELKTON -- While other Preakness hopefuls await shipping to Maryland from various locations, undefeated Barbaro continues to bask in the pastoral setting of the Fair Hill Training Center. Trainer Michael Matz indicated yesterday that Barbaro will probably arrive at Stall 40 in the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course, traditionally reserved for the Kentucky Derby winner, on Thursday or Friday, but declined to say whether the horse will get a look at the track before the Preakness. "I don't think it's a real need that we get on the track," Matz said after Barbaro galloped on Fair Hill's wood-chip surface in the midmorning mist.
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By PAUL MCMULLEN and PAUL MCMULLEN,SUN REPORTER | July 15, 2006
Kennett Square, Pa. -- The waiting game continued last night for Barbaro, his owners, his trainer and the doctors treating him. It has been a tumultuous week for the Kentucky Derby winner who pulled up in the Preakness, but yesterday his veterinary surgeon provided two separate encouraging updates that were markedly different in tone than the ominous prognosis he delivered Thursday. "His vital signs, including heart rate and pulse, remain good," Dr. Dean Richardson said in a statement released by the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine at 4 p.m. yesterday.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
Maryland Jockey Club senior vice president for communications Mike Gathagan credentialed more than 1,600 media members for the 138th Preakness. We talked to a few of them to get their take on how Saturday's race might end up. Not surprisingly, they went heavy on even-money favorite Orb, with a healthy dose of Mylute, the top challenger out of the Kentucky Derby ridden by former Maryland leading rider Rosie Napravnik. Jennie Rees, Louisville Courier-Journal 1. Orb 2. Departing 3. Itsmyluckyday Jerry Bossert, New York Daily News 1. Orb 2. Itsmyluckyday 3. Goldencents Tim Wilkin, Albany Times Union 1. Itsmyluckyday 2. Orb 3. Goldencents Gary Mihoces, USA Today 1. Mylute 2. Orb 3. Goldencents Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times 1. Goldencents 2. Orb 3. Mylute Claire Novak, Blood Horse 1. Orb 2. Departing 3. Mylute Gabby Gaudet, Maryland Jockey Club analyst in waiting 1. Orb 2. Mylute 3. Goldencents Richard Migliore, HRTV 1. Orb 2. Departing 3. Will Take Charge
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By Liam Durbin and For The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2013
(NOTE: To download Liam's full cheat sheet for all of Saturday's races, click here . Following is his analysis on the Preakness Stakes.)   There are always lots of hard luck stories in the Kentucky Derby, and some of those hard luck horses come to the Preakness looking to set the record straight. Several of those guys are here to take on Orb. And a handful more Derby grumblers are skipping the Preakness to set their sights on the Belmont. However, recent history shows that the Derby winner tends to back up the Derby win and beat most if not all of those Derby finishers again.
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