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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 Baltimore Sun staff reports | May 15, 2010
Saturday's other races: 1st race: Primary Witness survived a jockey challenge from No Mesa With Me and outlasted Kurbat in the stretch to win the mile and 1/16th Maryland Heritage Purse in the first race on the Preakness card. Jockey Luis Garcia's objection that both Primary Witness and Kurbat interfered in the upper stretch was not allowed. Javier Castellano was on Primary Witness and Julien Leparoux on Kurbat. 2nd race: In the one-mile Virtual Golf Girl Race on turf, Virsito dueled Mikoshi in midstretch, lost the lead and came back to win by a head in the final 50 yards under Ramon Dominguez.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly | May 14, 2010
I've stood in the infield at Pimlico on Preakness Day and I've spent the afternoon in the clubhouse. Both have their places. Each is utterly remarkable. Reading The Baltimore Sun's accounts of the great race in years gone by reminds me that the past is often prologue. In the 1940s, when the infield was merely an oval of grass and held no boozy revelers, there were "sweltering, elbowing crowds" at the track and the betting ring became "stifling with heat, a virtual Turkish bath."
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2010
Who can forget Preakness 2006, when Barbaro, a favorite to win the Triple Crown, collapsed in the first furlong with a fractured leg, prompting a police-escorted caravan up Interstate 95 to a veterinary hospital in Pennsylvania? Or Preakness 2002, when Baltimore police officers removed their badges and nameplates and were caught on video hitting a spectator with a baton during a melee in the raucous infield, embarrassing the department when it was aired nationally on ESPN? Or Preakness 1999, when drunken Lee Chang Ferrell scaled an infield fence, stood in front of eight charging horses during the seventh race — thankfully, not the live-on-national-television stakes race — and swung at the favorite, Artax?
SPORTS
By Liam Durbin and Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2010
Race 1 Analysis: Expect Wink at the Girls to show nice tactical speed. Although stretching out from recent efforts, Wink at the Girls has won at this distance before and has been running at cheaper tracks, but has never raced over this track. Rascal Cat should lead for a while, but does not look to be able to carry the whole way. Dangerous has likely speed but would still be a stretch at this distance. Rehoboth will try to come from further back. Rehobeth has some back class so would be no surprise.
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By Sports Digest | March 20, 2010
The Maryland Jockey Club announced that it will rename the Hirsch Jacobs Stakes in honor of longtime Pimlico Race Course general manager Charles John "Chick" Lang , who died Thursday at 83 of natural causes. The Grade III sprint will be run on Preakness Day, May 15. Laurel Park: Hagerstown native Rick Dutrow 's Dont Blame the Cat is the 6-5 favorite in today's $70,000 Private Terms Stakes for 3-year-olds. The rest of the field is Plantation (3-1), Regal Warrior (5-1)
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By Baltimore Sun staff | March 16, 2010
The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled the 2010 Pimlico spring stakes schedule today, and the historic track will have a 20-day meet highlighted by the 135th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes on May 15. The six-week stand begins April 17 and concludes on May 22. The marquee meet of the Maryland racing season features 18 stakes races for purses of $2,435,000. Preakness weekend features 15 stakes races for more than $2.2 million. The May 14 card features seven stakes races, six for fillies and mares, highlighted by the Grade II Black-Eyed Susan Stakes for three-year-old fillies.
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By Bill Ordine and Bill Ordine,bill.ordine@baltsun.com | October 2, 2008
Preakness Day might be Maryland horse racing's day in the national spotlight and certainly does the most good for the pocketbook of the state's thoroughbred industry. But Maryland Million Day, being run for the 23rd time Saturday, might do the most good for Maryland's racing pride. The card of 12 races at Laurel Park (12:15 p.m. start) is restricted to horses sired in Maryland, and, as more than one horseman put it, unlike the Preakness, it makes players out of local breeders and trainers rather than relegating them to spectators.
NEWS
By Julie Scharper and Julie Scharper,Sun reporter | May 17, 2008
Most days, the little white house is quiet. Robins bob through buttercups on the front lawn, then dart off into the fields surrounding the house. The horse on the mailbox is frozen in a silent gallop. But today will bring a very different scene. Hundreds of cars will crowd around the little house, and the fields will be full of people chatting about track conditions, black-eyed Susans and horses with grand names like Big Brown or Giant Moon. Once the white brick house stood among many others in a quiet neighborhood flanking the Pimlico racetrack.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,Sun reporter | May 20, 2007
A plastic cup of homemade lemonade, with floating slices of strawberries, for $2. Sixty bucks to park. Extra for that big-body truck. Bathroom break? Five dollars. Can't bear to schlep that heavy cooler? Have somebody roll it for $20. On Preakness Day, outside the sprawling Pimlico Race Course in Northwest Baltimore, it seems there is something for sale on every block. Inside the track, it's $100 bets on Curlin and Hard Spun. Outside, it's $200 for the right to sell Italian sausages and ribs on a stranger's lawn.
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