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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
Ride On Curlin finished a distant seventh in the Kentucky Derby, yet he was treated like a rock star Monday on his trip from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport to Pimlico Race Course . That's what happen if you happen to be one of California Chrome's wing, uh, horses. It even took "Bronco" Billy Gowan , Ride On Curlin's trainer, by surprise. "We got a police escort," Gowan said after walking his horse around the shed row. "It was good. We didn't have to stop. " Asked whether he had ever received a police escort before, Gowan joked, "Not for a horse.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
Ticket sales for Saturday's 139th Preakness are running ahead of last year, as the event's past success and star power of featured musical acts allow organizers to curtail advertising. With the spotlight on the Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome and musical headliner Lorde, Maryland Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas said Monday that most seats outside the Pimlico Race Course infield are sold out, as they were last year at this time. He said sales are running about 2 percent higher than last year, when Orb, a horse with Maryland connections, won the Derby and was headed to the Preakness.
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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 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 Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
It's hard to overstate how bleak an outlook Maryland thoroughbred racing faced as recently as four years ago. Magna Entertainment Corp., which owned Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park, had declared bankruptcy and squandered a chance to bring lucrative slot machines to its facilities. The General Assembly had in turn asserted its right to seize the tracks to protect the future of the Preakness Stakes, Maryland's largest sporting event. The state's breeding stock was in freefall.
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May 9, 2014
Social Inclusion was the first Preakness to arrive at Pimlico. His trainers prepare him for the May 17 race.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2014
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is scheduled to arrive at Pimlico Race Course Monday afternoon after a charter flight from Louisville. The likely Preakness favorite galloped 1 ¿¿ miles at Churchill Downs Friday, with assistant trainer Alan Sherman pronouncing him strong. The Preakness field also gained another entrant in General a Rod, who finished 11 th in the Derby. Trainer Mike Maker said General a Rod didn't get to show his talent during a tough trip at Churchill Downs.
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Sports Digest | May 7, 2014
Preakness Juvenile Fillies winner Ria Antonia might run Ria Antonia, the 2013 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner, was added to the list of candidates Tuesday for the 139th running of the Preakness. If the daughter of Rockport Harbor is shipped to Pimlico Race Course to run in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown on May 17, she will be saddled for the first time by Tom Amoss . Ron Paolucci 's Loooch Racing Stable and Christopher T. Dunn have transferred their 3-year-old filly from Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert to Amoss after her distant sixth-place finish behind Untapable in the Kentucky Oaks on Friday.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
Domenica Davis, who worked at WBAL-TV from 2004 to 2007, is returning to the station on a part-time basis starting Monday, according to General Manager Dan Joerres. Davis, who also served as a weathercaster for the Fox News cable channel and WNBC, the NBC-owned station in New York, will be featured in Preakness coverage next week, Joerres said. It is expected that Davis will become a recurring contributor to WBAL's morning news program. In a tweet last week, Davis described her return to WBAL as "doing some freelance.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - When Art Sherman reached the barn at 5 a.m. Sunday, the day after the Kentucky Derby, he found his star pupil still slumbering. “I didn't want to wake him up,” he said of California Chrome, the newly garlanded champion of Churchill Downs. “I know he'd had a hard day.” The 77-year-old trainer looked wide awake, walking crisply around Barn 20, though he professed to be “numb” to the previous day's triumph. He said the enormity probably won't hit him until he finds a few moments alone in his lounge chair, outside the family home in Rancho Bernardo, Calif.
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