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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2014
The national overnight ratings for NBC's Preakness coverage were up 5 percent over last year -- the best numbers since 2010. The 6.3/15 rating and share means 6.3 percent of all TV homes were tuned to the race, with 15 percent of the sets in use at the time of the Preakness tuned to the win by California Chrome. Not surprisingly, Baltimore was the top market with a 17.2 rating and 39 share -- that was 10 percent higher than last year. But it didn't beat Louisville by much with its 16.6/33.
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SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
If one of the hallmarks of true greatness is consistency, NBC Sports is a truly great operation, because again, it came, it covered, it turned in another top-notch Preakness telecast. Covering a horse race for a mainstream audience is not nearly as easy as NBC Sports makes it look. Among the hardest parts is holding the attention of enough general viewers to earn respectable ratings, while talking to the hardcore horse-race aficionados who are your base audience for such events.
SPORTS
Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
Lorde, the 17-year-old singer-songwriter from New Zealand, waited more than halfway through her hourlong set to satisfy the majority of the Preakness InfieldFest crowd on Saturday afternoon. They wanted "Royals," Lorde's Grammy-winning hit single. With the opening line, "I've never seen a diamond in the flesh," the crowd finally perked up. Under a chandelier hanging above the stage, Lorde completed the one-two punch by following "Royals" with "Team," another radio favorite. Sing-alongs commenced as white confetti showered the audience.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
As crowds poured into Pimlico on Saturday afternoon, a dedicated crew of entrepreneurs set up outside the track, hoping to lure customers with deals on parking or tickets. Peanuts, barbecue and even jewelry were on sale, along with the "ice cold" bottled water offered for a dollar by enterprising vendors at every major event in Baltimore. Carlton Graham, 39, waved a large cardboard sign at passing cars advertising $25 parking just a block from the track. Graham, who said he's been a Park Heights resident his whole life, has worked with neighbors selling race-day parking spaces in yards and driveways.
SPORTS
By Aaron Dodson, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
Abby Fuller dreamed of being a jockey as a little girl in 1968, but at the time there were no women yet in horse racing. Then came Barbara Jo Rubin, who became the first female jockey to win a race in 1969, giving Fuller hope for a future in the sport. Fuller, now a retired jockey, was among eight retired female jockeys to participate in the fifth and final running of the Lady for Legends for the Cure race on Friday. The race began in 2010 for breast cancer awareness and female empowerment in horse racing.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
I'm having a hard time figuring out how to dress business casual with my work boots today at Pimlico, but if that's the worst problem we have this weekend, it should be a good time. But before we go forward, let's look back on yesterday's local headlines in the Coffee Companion. - It's going to be a messy Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico, but it should clear up tomorrow for the Preakness Stakes . - California Chrome is the overwhelming favorite after his Kentucky Derby win, but it's hardly guaranteed.
SPORTS
By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
He's a West Coast prodigy, but California Chrome's roots reach deep into Maryland. Both the dam and one grand-dam of the Preakness favorite were foaled and raised on a 70-acre farm in Chestertown. The owners, Tom and Chris Bowman, couldn't have imagined the outcome of their breeding before California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago. "This is a storybook thing that we're watching right now," said Tom Bowman, 72, a horse reproduction veterinarian who owns Dance Forth Farm.
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