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By Liam Durbin | May 15, 2014
[Editor's note: Liam Durbin is owner/handicapper of e-ponies.com and creator of the One Click Pony, Pro Picks Mobile and Exacta Max apps.] RACE 1 Analysis: Relentless Ride has been making a decent living out of finishing second or third. Has only missed the board once in eight starts. The only case to be made for him breaking the curse Saturday is that the field is not particularly strong. He dropped in class last time but didn't pop. Should do so Saturday with the added distance.
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May 22, 2014
I have loved horse racing for 60 years and have been a thoroughbred horse owner off and on since 1985. It is because I love the industry and want to see it thrive that I must write that while the owners of California Chrome felt they were treated better at Pimlico than at Churchill Downs, the management of Pimlico and Laurel race courses should take a hard look at improving service to their customers if they are to grow and frankly, survive ( ...
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May 23, 2012
Baltimore Baby! I was so proud how the Maryland Jockey Club had fixed up Pimlico for the Preakness. Every building, every railing and sign - all were freshly painted with magnificent yellow flowers everywhere! Baltimore is first class! Jim Holechek, Baltimore
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown - a candidate in the Democratic gubernatorial primary - says he attended the Preakness Day as an "official state function" rather than a campaign event. He may be duty-bound to attend Maryland's signature horse-racing event, but that didn't prevent Brown and his wife, Karmen, from having some fun. And placing what he called “low-wager” bets. Not coincidentally, all of his picks had Maryland connections. Brown went with favorite California Chrome to win the Preakness.
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By From Sun staff reports | May 16, 2010
Javier Castellano, the jockey who won the 2006 Preakness aboard Bernardini, and Ramon Dominguez, who rode in eight Preaknesses but has never won, each captured three races on Preakness Day. Castellano won the James W. Murphy Stakes, the seventh race of the Preakness card, aboard Beau Choix. He finished 13/4 lengths ahead of Garret Gomez, aboard Manhattan Fox. Aboard Northpoint Costas, a 4-year-old chestnut gelding who was foaled in Maryland, Castellano finished two lengths ahead of Midnite Communion in the fourth race of the day. Castellano and his mount took the lead early and never relinquished it. In his first race, aboard Primary Witness, a 4-year-old bay colt, Castellano dueled with Julien Leparoux, aboard Kurbat, down the stretch and won by half a length in a seven-horse field.
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By John Scheinman | May 14, 2014
On the wall next to Coley Blind's desk in the back corner of the Pimlico racing office is a small framed black-and-white photograph of the legendary race horse Citation, the day of his walkover in the 1948 Pimlico Special. A walkover usually only takes place when the favorite is so overwhelming that nobody even bothers to enter another horse to compete, and the lone runner takes a solo victory lap around the track. That's how great Citation was. In the picture, Eddie Blind, dapper in a fedora, holds Citation's shank with his right hand while cradling his little son Coley, dressed like Spanky from "The Little Rascals," in his left.
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Sports Digest | April 16, 2012
Preakness G-I UAE Cup race to feature Arabian horses Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, will join with Pimlico Race Course to host the $75,000-added The President of the United Arab Emirates Cup, a Grade I race for purebred Arabian horses, on Preakness Day, May 19. The race is limited to 14 horses and will be run on the main track at 1 1/16 miles. The Maryland House Ways and Means Committee passed an emergency bill, signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley on Tuesday, authorizing Pimlico to conduct live racing of Arabian horses under certain circumstances.
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By JOHN STEADMAN | May 25, 1994
Hold the obituaries, and please omit flowers. The state of horse racing in Maryland, thought to be troubled and traumatized, is making a comeback. There's no need to resuscitate the victim or stand in line to offer condolences.Preakness Day 1994 set records for the sport that have taken it to a new level of achievement and acceptability. The entire industry has gathered impetus and optimism from an outpouring of fan-presence and re-generated betting support."It's what I've been trying to say for a long time," said Joe De Francis, president of Pimlico and Laurel.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 23, 2002
Despite rain and cold winds in the morning, Preakness day exceeded the wildest expectations of Maryland Jockey Club officials. Betting records were set, and attendance was the second highest in Preakness history. "It was a great day, no matter what variable you want to use to measure it," said Joe De Francis, MJC president and CEO. "We had what amounts to the biggest Preakness ever." The following betting totals set records: Betting on Preakness day's races at Pimlico, Laurel Park, Rosecroft Raceway and three off-track betting facilities totaled $10,403,781, a 1 percent increase over last year's $10,308,817.
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By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,SUN STAFF | November 19, 1999
The Harford County man who raised his fists against a charge of thoroughbreds in the homestretch at Pimlico Race Course on Preakness Day pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment, according to Baltimore court officials.The city state's attorney's office said Lee Cheng Ferrell, 22, entered the guilty plea on Tuesday before Judge William Quarles in Circuit Court.As part of an agreement with the Bel Air resident, prosecutors will recommend a three-year suspended sentence and five years' probation.
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By Don Markus, Aaron Dodson and Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
Tom Chuckas , president and chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club, said Saturday that he would like to see horse racing's Triple Crown events played out over two months, not five weeks. Speaking to reporters at Pimlico Race Course three hours before post time for the 139th Preakness, Chuckas reiterated his position that a longer recovery period for horses would better benefit them and business in general. "Look, I'm not anti-tradition. I have great respect for tradition.
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By Aaron Dodson and Trevor Hass and The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
Race 1: Jockey Julian Pimentel rode Magic Cash to victory in the first of 12 races on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. Phlash Phelps took second and Relentless Ride finished in third in the 1 1/6-mile race. The winner finished in 1 minute, 44.98 seconds. Originally set for turf, riders raced on dirt due to Friday's rain. Race 2: Lunar Rock and jockey Sheldon Russell won the Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap, finishing with a time of 1:44.51. No Brakes placed second for the second consecutive year, while Regal Warrior took third.  Race 3: Saddling Romp City, jockey Horacio Karamanos rode the rail to victory in the 1 1/6-mile race, which was moved from turf to dirt.
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By Liam Durbin | May 15, 2014
[Editor's note: Liam Durbin is owner/handicapper of e-ponies.com and creator of the One Click Pony, Pro Picks Mobile and Exacta Max apps.] RACE 1 Analysis: Relentless Ride has been making a decent living out of finishing second or third. Has only missed the board once in eight starts. The only case to be made for him breaking the curse Saturday is that the field is not particularly strong. He dropped in class last time but didn't pop. Should do so Saturday with the added distance.
NEWS
May 15, 2014
Richard Gorelick seems content to let a hundred black-eyed Susans bloom with recipes featuring the likes of ginger beer, Fernet Branca and elderflower liqueur ( "New life for black-eyed Susan drink at Preakness," May 12). I say save your exotics for the betting window. Come post time on Preakness Day, pop open a Maryland brew or a Natty Boh if you must. Then put some ice in an Old-Fashioned glass and top with a generous pour of good rye. If it needs a name, call it a Lazy Susan.
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By John Scheinman | May 14, 2014
On the wall next to Coley Blind's desk in the back corner of the Pimlico racing office is a small framed black-and-white photograph of the legendary race horse Citation, the day of his walkover in the 1948 Pimlico Special. A walkover usually only takes place when the favorite is so overwhelming that nobody even bothers to enter another horse to compete, and the lone runner takes a solo victory lap around the track. That's how great Citation was. In the picture, Eddie Blind, dapper in a fedora, holds Citation's shank with his right hand while cradling his little son Coley, dressed like Spanky from "The Little Rascals," in his left.
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Sports Digest | September 28, 2013
Lacrosse Holman, several area women up for top Laxies Former North Carolina attackman Marcus Holman (Gilman) is a candidate for Division I Men's Player of the Year in Inside Lacrosse's annual Laxies awards. Voting is being conducted at laxies.insidelacrosse.com. Former Maryland teammates Katie Schwarzmann (Century) and Alex Aust , as well as former Florida All-American Kitty Cullen (McDonogh), are in the running for Women's Player of the Year. Stevenson's Peter Green (Hereford)
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By Michael Olesker | May 16, 1999
IT'S QUIET AT Pimlico Race Course this morning. If you listen carefully, you can hear the sound of cleanup crews sweeping losing parimutuel tickets from the ground. Sweep, sweep, sweep. Or you can wonder whatever happened to Parris Glendening. Wonder, wonder, wonder. Or you might recall the sound of Jim McKay, trying to laugh around the rough spots. Yuk, yuk, yuk.McKay, the old ABC-TV sportscaster and Maryland horseman, hosted last week's Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico, where racing types and various hangers-on gathered to drum up interest in yesterday's 124th running of the Preakness Stakes.
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By KEVIN COWHERD | May 3, 1992
Is it me, or do the Preakness infield rules seem to get more and more picky each year? No bottles. No ropes. No grills. No kegs. No sofas. No scaffolds. No scaffolds?!Tell me, what kind of a country do we live in where you can't even bring a few dozen lengths of hollow pipe and board to a horse race to construct a flimsy, 30-foot viewing platform for you and your beer-drinking buddies? What is this, Cuba? But rules are rules, I guess. So no scaffolds.Of course, if you wheel in one of those big John Deere bulldozers and crank the bucket as high as she goes and climb inside with a cooler, why, I don't see how that would hurt any . . . no. On second thought, better check with the Pimlico security people to see where they stand on heavy-duty earth-moving equipment.
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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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