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By Bill Ordine and Bill Ordine,bill.ordine@baltsun.com | April 19, 2009
A little country music, a big helping of sunshine and a couple of hard-charging fillies ushered in the Pimlico Race Course season Saturday. Blind Date, a 3-year-old filly who was in eighth place at one point in the $50,000 Hookedonthefeelin Stakes, came flying from the outside in the stretch to dash to a 1 3/4 -length victory for her third win in four outings. And after a "halftime" concert by country singer Darryl Worley, Princess Nyla, a 4-year-old filly, bolted in front at the top of the stretch to post a 4 3/4 -length win for local trainer Chris Grove in the 1 1/6 -mile, $50,000 Geisha Stakes.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
As a band played during his New Orleans-themed 45th birthday party Saturday night at Pimlico Race Course, Ravens senior advisor of player development O.J. Brigance smiled as he enjoyed the festivities. Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerocis in 2007, the retired former Ravens linebacker is upbeat about the success of the popular Ice Bucket Challenge and the money and awareness it's raising for ALS research. ALS is a degenerative motor neuron disease also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 21, 2004
With attention focused on horses from the Breeders' Cup Sprint and the top three finishers in last year's Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, Wildcat Heir sneaked into Pimlico Race Course for this year's Dash with no fanfare. He left a Grade I winner after scoring a startling upset at 16-1 odds yesterday in the prestigious stakes that attracted some of the fastest horses in the country. Wildcat Heir withstood a tenacious challenge from Midas Eyes, the 6-5 favorite and the beaten favorite in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, to register a neck win and collect $180,000 of the $300,000 purse.
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By Erica L. Green and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
The owners of California Chrome might have had to face the world after the colt fell short of a Triple Crown victory Saturday, but Tim McCoig faced an even tougher crowd after the loss: his wife. "It's not a good day in my household. I just lost a week's paycheck," the Owings Mills resident said just moments after the Belmont Stakes favorite, who could have become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years, finished tied for fourth. McCoig was among the group of people who gathered at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday in hopes of watching California Chrome continue his gallop into history.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | May 19, 2005
TWO YEARS ago this spring, Steve Hamilton was working in an Oklahoma oil field, turning pipe wrenches and driving bulldozers. Saturday, he will ride in the Preakness. Last year at this time, he was just starting to win races again after taking three years off from riding and ballooning to 150 pounds. Saturday, he will try to follow the path set by Deputed Testamony, Magic Weisner and Oliver's Twist and make noise in the Preakness with a Maryland-based horse, Malibu Moonshine. "It's pretty exciting.
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By John Eisenberg | May 18, 2005
PREAKNESS VISITORS must be surprised to hear the race's very future here is being debated. It's a local institution that dates to 1873, and it's never been bigger or better. Almost 125,000 spectators saw it last year. The second jewel of the Triple Crown couldn't possibly be moved, could it? Yes, it could. Those who dismiss the threat, claiming it is strictly a politically motivated pose, don't understand two basic commandments of modern sports - that money rules all and tradition is always for sale.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | May 20, 2005
FANS OF HORSE racing hear all the time about what their sport supposedly isn't -- exciting enough for young people, endowed with a bright future, blah, blah, zzzz. But the lectures never include what horse racing irrefutably is -- the sport with the greatest capacity to astound, leaving people shaking their heads in amazement, hardly believing what they just saw. Baseball also can do it, but the worst teams in the major leagues don't win the World Series, as 50-1 Giacomo essentially did in winning the Kentucky Derby on May 7. When that race ended, millions of people across the country looked at one another and said, "How in the world did that happen?"
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 16, 2005
The owner is in his early 90s, in faltering health and is receiving the chance of a lifetime in a race he won't be able to attend. The trainer is 72 and a Maryland legend whose career has been resuscitated after a lengthy slump. The jockey quit riding for nearly four years, ballooned to 150 pounds, required eight months to shed the necessary weight to resume his career and now is back among the best in the state's colony. The horse, who won the Federico Tesio Stakes in April, is an offspring of one of the most productive recent sires, Malibu Moon, and is an honest type who always seems to provide a maximum effort.
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May 21, 1994
Preakness events for today:* The 119th Running of the Preakness Stakes, Pimlico Race Course. America's finest 3-year-old thoroughbreds race in the second jewel of the Triple Crown. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Admission is $20 for the infield; $15 for the clubhouse, $12 for the grandstand. Call (410) 542-9400 for more ticket information.
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May 10, 1993
It's Preakness week -- that time of the year when festivals, balloon races, concerts and fireworks displays build toward Saturday's 118th running at Pimlico Race Course of the second jewel in thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. Here's what's happening today and tomorrow:TODAY* Maryland School for the Blind Preakness Celebration, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the school at 3501 Taylor Ave., Baltimore. Students will simulate the Preakness Stakes using models of horses. Free. Call (410) 444-5000.TOMORROW* Sunrise at Old Hilltop, 6 a.m. at Pimlico Race Course, daily through Friday.
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By Sarah LaCorte and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
Longshots, exotics, exacta boxes? For first-time bettors lining up before the teller at the Preakness, horse racing and handicapping terminology can be overwhelming. In a gambling game that is more than probability, learning the ins and outs of horse betting can also be exciting - and profitable. We're here to help. Well, Preakness handicapper Gabby Gaudet is here to help. Gaudet offers expert tips on how to choose the right steed and lists some common betting mistakes to avoid. A recent Towson University graduate, Gaudet, 23, was selected as the Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park racing analyst last fall.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
A 25-year-old man, one of the victims in a double shooting Tuesday afternoon near Pimlico Race Course , has died. The death marks the city's deadliest start to a year since 2007. Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting, which was reported to police about 12:30 p.m. in the 5200 block of Denmore Ave. in the Arlington neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore. The second victim, a 30-year-old male, was being treated at an area hospital for wounds in the stomach. The identities of the two men were not immediately released.
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By Chris Korman | May 14, 2013
Kentucky Derby winner Orb continues getting accustomed to his temporary Maryland home, which involves mostly eating the grass on a small plot of land outside his stall at Pimlico Race Course. He did that for another 40 minutes -- as per a routine trainer Shug McGaughey keeps with almost all of his horses -- after walking the shed row Tuesday morning. The Malibu Moon colt was due a break after a fast breeze Monday morning at Belmont Park before shipping down I-95 into the home state of his co-owner, Butler resident Stuart Janney III. Orb does not appear bothered by anything at this point.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2013
Security at Pimlico's historic Preakness barn will be heightened this year, a move that comes amid renewed concern about doping and horse safety in the sport. All visitors, including veterinarians, who want to spend time with horses scheduled to run in this year's Preakness will have to sign in at the barn off Winner Avenue, which will have just one entrance. Those new measures, adopted by the Maryland Racing Commission and Pimlico ownership, come in addition to surveillance measures and syringe-collection practices already in place for the second leg of the Triple Crown, scheduled to be run May 18 this year.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2012
A 21-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot multiple times in the face and body early Saturday morning in Northwest Baltimore, police said. Police said the unidentified man was found suffering from gunshot wounds in the 3500 block of W. Belvedere Ave. just after 3 a.m., according to police. He was taken to an area hospital and was listed in critical but stable condition. A police spokesman said he did not have additional information, but asked anyone with information to call the Northwest District police station at 410-396-2466.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2012
A growing number of thoroughbreds are being groomed for new roles following their days on the race track, including assignments as fox hunters, riding horses, pets and show jumpers. Maryland thoroughbred trainer Rodney Jenkins points to the intelligence of a horse as one of the reasons why the animal is able to easily make the transition into the next stage of its life. "It's really a thrilling thing to watch a horse in action," Jenkins said. "They're beautiful animals. They're not dumb.
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May 15, 2008
What: 133rd Preakness, second leg of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown When: Saturday, 6:09 p.m. post time Where: Pimlico Race Course Distance: 1 3/16 miles TV: Chs. 11, 4 2007 winner: Curlin Purse: $1 million. First place: $650,000. Second place: $200,000. Third place: $100,000. Fourth place: $50,000. Pre-race events Today: Preakness Crab Derby, noon, Lexington Market; Preakness Balloon Festival, 3 p.m., Turf Valley Resort; Miller Lite Nites, 7:30 p.m., Power Plant. Tomorrow: Ryan Shaw concert, 6 p.m., Harbor East.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2012
At first glance, Pimlico Race Course 's infield didn't look quite as trash-filled as Yolanda Wade is used to seeing it the Sunday morning after the Preakness, despite record crowds this year. It was an illusion. With more tents than in previous years, there was more room for the detritus of 121,300 fans to hide, turning the annual clean-up into a kind of warped treasure hunt. The tents "camouflaged the trash," said Wade, a fill-in supervisor for Pritchard Sports & Entertainment who works at Pimlico and the Laurel Park racetrack year-round.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2012
All along, they had been so relaxed. So when it came time for Team O'Neill's horse to make his charge -- a historic one -- the colt moved forward almost nonchalantly. I'll Have Another glided past Bodemeister to win the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, setting up a chance at the first Triple Crown since 1978. The California-based horse is the 12th to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown since Affirmed edged Alydar in all three races.
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