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No Shortage of Horses For Preakness Weekend Races; Fan Friday Picks at Pimlico

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No Shortage of Horses For Preakness Weekend Races; Fan Friday Picks at Pimlico

Posted on 09 May 2013 by Gary Quill

BALTIMORE, 05-09-13— While the Preakness is rightfully the centerpiece of the Pimlico spring meeting, sixteen (16) other stakes (six graded) for thoroughbreds will provide a weekend full of excitement for racing fans. A total of 499 horses were nominated to those added-money races.

Preakness Funnie with Crab
Drawing courtesy of Mel @dailyracefunies. To see more of Mel’s work, click here.

The $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) and $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) headline the Friday, May 17th card that features six other stakes races. Thirty-one three-year-old fillies were nominated to the Black-Eyed Susan, including Sagamore Farms Walkwithapurpose, who won a pair of stakes races at Laurel Park this winter. Thirty runners were nominated to the Pimlico Special, including Maryland-bred Richard’s Kid, who has earned $2.3 million and won three Grade 1 races.

When asked if there are any confirmed fillies for the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, Coleman “Coley” Blind, MJC’s Stakes Coordinator provided these… Emollient, Lady Banks, Manuka Honey, Maracuya and (possibly) Flashy Gray.

Thirty-five fillies were nominated to the $100,000 Miss Preakness Stakes. Thirty-two horses were nominated to the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint, including 15-time stakes winner Ben’s Cat. Thirty-five female turf specialists were nominated to the $100,000 The Very One Stakes, while twenty-six were nominated to the $100,000 Skipat Stakes. Thirty-six three-year-old fillies were nominated to the $100,000 Hilltop Stakes and another sixteen to the $40,000 Kattegat’s Pride Starter Handicap for Maryland-breds.

The Pimlico racing office will draw the May 17th card on Sunday afternoon.

The Saturday, May 18 Preakness undercard features eight added money races, including four graded. Thirty-six top grass specialists were entered in the $300,000 Dixie Stakes (G2). Thirty-two fillies and mares were nominated to the $150,000 Gallorette Handicap (G3). The $150,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap (G3) features forty-one nominations. Twenty-five fillies and mares were nominated to the $150,000 Allaire duPont Distaff (G3). Thirty-three three-year-old sprinters were nominated to the $100,000 Chick Lang. Forty-four turf specialists were nominated to the $100,000 James Murphy. Twenty-eight two-year olds were nominated to the $75,000 Rollicking Stakes. There were nineteen Maryland-breds on the list for the $40,000 Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap.

The Pimlico racing office will draw the May 18 card on Wednesday, May 15th.

Recapping Pimlico Day 21 selections from Thursday 9-race card posted had 5 winners (3 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $3.80 (1st race), $3.80 (2nd), $2.40 (3rd), $11.80 (5th) and $5.80 (6th).

The BEST BET (20 8-3-2) Bert B Don  (R2 #1 5-2 PT; 3-1 M/L) saved ground around the turn, swung out in upper stretch and rallied, but was no match for the 4-5 winner, settling for second to return $2.80 PLACE and $2.80 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (20 4-1-2) Our Silver Crown (R4 #4 19-1 PT; 12-1 M/L) raced three wide turning for   home, failed to rally and lugged in near the sixteenth pole to finish a well beaten 6th.

The JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #130…  “Girth

Selections for the Day 22 Pimlico Friday, May 10th card are on Page 2.

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Preakness Contender List Holding at 12; Thursday Selections at Pimlico

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Preakness Contender List Holding at 12; Thursday Selections at Pimlico

Posted on 08 May 2013 by Gary Quill

Less than 12 hours after the blanket of roses was removed from Kentucky Derby winner Orb, representatives from the Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) were busy at Churchill Downs recruiting Derby runners for the second leg of the Triple Crown.

One of the first to commit to running in the Preakness and shipped in to Old Hilltop was Goldencents, 17th in the Derby. The 3-year-old son of Into Mischief, trained by Doug O’Neill is following the exact schedule as the 2012 Derby and Preakness winner, I’ll Have Another.

Goldencents arrived at Pimlico in the wee hours of Tuesday morning (1:30am) with assistant trainer Jack Sisterson and much of the same crew who handled I’ll Have Another while in Baltimore. The only diversion is the jockey. Last year Mario Gutierrez was the jockey, but this year Kevin Krigger got the call, as he is the only jockey who has ever ridden Goldencents in his seven career starts.

In an unusual move, Krigger came to Pimlico 10 days in advance of the Preakness to prepare, gallop and workout Goldencents. At the same time, Krigger is sacrificing mounts on the west coast in return for dedication to Team O’Neill. It’s a gamble the St. Croix native has no qualms taking.

Preakness Funnie with Crab

As of this writing (Wednesday, May 8th) the list of Preakness contenders stand at 12, they are:

 Goldencents (Krigger/O’Neill; 17th in KY Derby) – confirmed; arrived on May 7th

 Orb (Rosario/McGaughey; 1st in KY Derby) – confirmed; will ship on May 14th

 Departing (Hernandez/Stall; 1st in Illinois Derby) – confirmed; will ship on May 15th

 Oxbow (Stevens/Lukas; 6th in KY Derby) – confirmed

 Will Take Charge (M. Smith/Lukas; 8th in KY Derby) – confirmed

 Itsmyluckyday (J. Velazquez/Plesa; 15th KY Derby) – confirmed

 Titletown Five (Leparoux/Lukas; 4th in Derby Trial) – confirmed

 Vyjack (TBA/Rodriguez;18th in KY Derby) – probable

 Governor Charlie (TBA/Baffert; 1st in Sunland Derby) – possible; decision after workout on Sunday or Monday

 Normandy Invasion (TBA/Brown; 4th in KY Derby) – possible; decision over the weekend

 Mylute (Napravnik/Amoss; 5th in KY Derby) – possible; decision will be made Saturday

 Street Spice (Sanchez/Geier; 5th in Illinois Derby) – possible; decision after weekend workout

Recapping Pimlico Day 20 selections from “Chalky” Sunday 10-race card posted had 6 winners (4 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $4.40 (2nd race), $8.00 (3rd), $3.80 (4th), $10.20 (5th), $4.00 (8th) and $2.60 (9th).

The BEST BET (19 8-2-2) Sir Cotton (R3 #5 3-1 PT; 2-1 M/L) received no early action at the betting windows (6-1) which is never a good sign for a 2-1 M/L. Come Post Time the foolish public thought they were getting a deal with those odds, and bet him down to 3-1, but he ran like a 6-1 or worse, racing along the rail towards the back, outrun beating just 1 rival in a six horse field.

The LONGSHOT PICK (19 4-1-2) Star Maneuver (R5 #7 13-1 PT; 20-1 M/L) was forwardly positioned early, turned for home in the four path while in contention to hit the board, but weakened in the final 1/16th to finish 4th.

The JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #129…  “Getting In

Selections for the Day 21 Pimlico Thursday, May 9th card will be on Page 2.

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Preakness Youth Art Contest Winner; Preakness Probable Up To 10

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Preakness Youth Art Contest Winner; Preakness Probable Up To 10

Posted on 05 May 2013 by Gary Quill

It’s difficult to determine exactly when “Preakness Week” starts. If you use the traditional method (a calendar), “week” starts on Sunday. Webster’s Dictionary defines it as, “any of a series of 7-day cycles used in various calendars”. So there you have it, by definition, Preakness Week cannot officially start until Sunday, May 12th which 7 days from then is when the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes gets run.

Even though it is not yet Preakness Week , that doesn’t mean activities and festivities have not begun.

Lashé Speight, a seventh grader at Cross Country Elementary/Middle School, was announced as the grand prize winner of the 14th annual Preakness Portraits Youth Art Contest. Speight also captured top honors last year and becomes the first repeat Jewel winner in the history of the contest.

Youth Art Contest winner

Students from eight Baltimore City area schools, grades K through 12, were invited to create artwork showing the significance of the Preakness to Maryland history, while capturing the spirit of thoroughbred racing. The artwork had to include Preakness related images.

As the winner of “The Jewel”, the best artwork for grades 5 through 12, Speight receives box seating for four at the Preakness, framed artwork autographed by this year’s Preakness winners, a $250 gift certificate and a presentation ceremony at the winner’s luncheon this afternoon.

“The Junior Jewel”, the best artwork for grades K through 4, went to Maiya Mone’t Hall, a fourth grader from Cross Country Elementary School.

Students from the Pimlico and surrounding area schools participated in the youth art contest.All the artwork is on display at Pimlico Race Course in the first floor grandstand through Preakness day.

To get all the Preakness news I’ll report concerning the Preakness horses, trainers, jockeys and/or any other “doings” at Pimlico worth reporting leading up to Preakness Day on Saturday, May 18th click here to see which 10 3-year-olds are ”probable” to run in the Preakness Stakes. Rest assured that my infamous Pimlico race day selections will still be found right here.

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Saturday Selections at Pimlico (Day 15) include Federico Tesio Stakes, a Preakness Prep

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Saturday Selections at Pimlico (Day 15) include Federico Tesio Stakes, a Preakness Prep

Posted on 26 April 2013 by Gary Quill

In addition to the 11-races scheduled at Old Hilltop on Saturday afternoon, items from Preakness and Pimlico past will be awarded as part of a Piece of the Past promotion giveaway available at the Grandstand entrance.  All fans will receive a chit that can be exchanged for a pair of vintage Preakness glasses plus one other choice. Fans can choose from Preakness T-shirts, Pimlico caps and much more through the last live race.


Drawing by Mel @dailyracefunies. To see more of Mel’s work, click here.

The unofficial Preakness prep, the $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes, is run as the 10th race on the Saturday card. Former Maryland riding star Edgar Prado is named to pilot #9 - Heat Press (8-1), trained by Graham Motion. The Malibu Moon colt broke his maiden at Laurel Park in December and won an entry level allowance start at Parx Racing last time out. Earlier this week, owner Kevin Plank of Sagamore Farm indicated he would like to see Heat Press compete in the Preakness if all goes well in the Tesio. The stable was represented by Tiger Walk a year ago.

#4 -Rienzi (8-1) moved from the Chad Brown barn to John Servis’ stable after returning from Florida and won an entry level allowance at Parx Racing in April. He posted a bullet workout there on April 22nd and is scheduled to have Kendrick Carmouche in the irons. The 7-5 Morning Line is #3 – Abstraction based on his dominating 9 3/4 length maiden victory at Fairgrounds for trainer Daivd Carroll. Two races back #7 – Dynamic Strike  (4-1) won the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park, but then had a troubled 5th place finish in the Private Terms Stakes.

Rounding out the field of ten 3-year-olds are #1 – Just Win Baby (10-1), #2 – Handsome Tiger (20-1), #5 – Wry Me (12-1), #6 – Indian Companion (20-1), #8 - Hanky Doodle (10-1) and #10 – Wabbajack (15-1).

The JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #117…  “Free Handicap

Selections for the Day 15 Pimlico Saturday, April 27th card are on Page 2.

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Departing Wins IL Derby, Becomes First Preakness “Probable”; Selection Sunday at Pimlico (Day 12)

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Departing Wins IL Derby, Becomes First Preakness “Probable”; Selection Sunday at Pimlico (Day 12)

Posted on 20 April 2013 by Gary Quill

The Illinois Derby may not have been an official Kentucky Derby prep race, since no Derby Points were up for grabs, but could have served as a Preakness Stakes prep. Claiborne Farms Departing went off as the 9-5 favorite and did not disappoint his backers as he won the $750,000 IL Derby by 3 lengths.

If I were a betting man (grin), I would wager that Departing will be entered in the Preakness Stakes. The Al Stall, Jr. trainee now has 4 wins in 5 career starts. His only blemish was a troubled 3rd in the Louisiana Derby, beat by Revolutionary (the winner) and Mylute (runner-up). Both are scheduled to start in the Kentucky Derby.

The JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #111…  “Float

Recapping Pimlico’s Satuday 11-race card posted just 6 winners but 4 were Top Selections (BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $8.60 (3rd race), $3.60 (7th), $9.20 (8th), $3.00 (9th), $3.80 (10th) and $8.40 (11th).

The BEST BET of the Day (10 5-0-1) Volastic (R8 #2 7-2 PT; 9-2 M/L) was tardy from the gate as usual but when asked for his best entering the stretch, a  winning move as all but ohe could make no headway on the leaders settling for 4th , 3 lengths behind the winner.

The LONGSHOT PICK (10 4-0-1) Sasta Go Lucky (R6 #3 11-1 PT; 10-1 M/L) certainly did not put in a Hall of Fame effort here. He chased the pace, was three deep when lightly steadied entering the far turn, then gave way and drifted out in upper stretch to finish 5th.

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $60 on Jewel of a Cat (R7 #10; 4-5 PT, 5-2 M/L) easily handled six rivals with a nice stalking trip then took over in mid-stretch under steady urging to win by 2¾ lengths returning a pualtry $3.60 to WIN, $2.40 to PLACE and $2.10 (ouch!) to SHOW. Look at it this way, you’d be doing back-flips if you financial institution gave you 5% ROI in 59.09 seconds. It adds $3.00 to the current $60.00 SHOW parlay amount for Day 12.

Selections for the Day 12 Pimlico Sunday, April 21st card are on Page 2.

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Opening Day in Baltimore for the thoroughbred home team: Pimlico

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Opening Day in Baltimore for the thoroughbred home team: Pimlico

Posted on 03 April 2013 by Gary Quill

Baltimore’s favorite baseball team kicks off their season at home on Friday April 5th against the Minnesota Twins, but there’s another Opening Day to celebrate in Baltimore this Thursday, April 4th. Live Maryland thoroughbred horse racing has come “home” to historic Pimlico Race Course, albeit for only 36 glorious racing days. Local horse racing enthusiasts view Opening Day at Pimlico as a barometer that Spring has officially arrived.

Drawing by Mel @dailyracefunies. To see more of Mel’s work, click here.

Over the next ten weeks, Pimlico will conduct live racing Thursday through Sunday (but no racing on the Sunday after Preakness, May 19th), headlined by the 138th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes (Grade 1), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, on May 18th. The 36-day stand will conclude on Belmont  Day, June 8th. First post for 33 days of the meet will be 1:10pm with adjustments on Kentucky Derby Day (May 4th; 12:45pm), Black-Eyed Susan Day (May 17th; 12:15pm) and on Preakness Day (10:45am).

To entice fans to visit Old Hilltop on Opening Day and throughout the spring meet, the Maryland Jockey Club is offering plenty of promotions. Here are the ones over the next couple weeks …

Thursday, April 4 — Opening Day
Celebrate the return of live racing with free admission and  free live program.

Every Friday (April 5-June 7, excluding Black-Eyed Susan day) — Fan Fridays
Free admission, free parking and free live program.

Saturday, April 6 — Opening Saturday
Free Pimlico cap to the first 4,000 paid fans and over $200,000 in prize drawings.

Sunday, April 7 — Chasin’ for Children
Kids compete on ponies in five events between races.

Saturday, April 13 — Racing 101
An all-day fan education experience. Advance ticket purchase required.

Speaking of fan educational experiences, former jockey Frankie Lovato, Jr. is doing his part. Lovato is the founder / creator of JockeyWorld.org who with his staff of Kayla Jarvinen and Brittlan Wall work tirelessly to help increase the fan base of thoroughbred horse racing. This year’s project is to provide 365 Days of Racing Terminology via videos on YouTube.

Using an alphabetic format, Frankie and his staff started on January 1, 2013 posting a video describing the term “Ace Deuce”. Their mission is to continue throughout 2013, posting a term each day.

Whether you are a grizzled vet like GQ or a horse racing novice, make these informative 2-3 minute videos part of your daily routine. You will be amazed at the amount of new cocktail party conversation ammo added to your arsenal.

For each day of this 36 day meet, I will post a blog offering my opinions and the Soup Of The Day with the cooperation of the Food Services Dept. at Pimlico, as I have done below. As an added item, a SHOW Parlay Play of the Day will be featured. I’ll start with a mythical $100 bankroll, using $20 of it to start the parlay. I figure the odds of sustaining a single SHOW parlay play for 36 consecutive racing days is slim. Therefore, we’ll have a reserve to tap into if/when a play loses.

A note for novices, when you bet to SHOW, it means your horse must finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd. Your payoff is the price posted under the SHOW (3rd) column. A parlay means whatever the return is on your wager; you bet that entire amount on the next bet (i.e. “let it ride”).

Recapping Laurel Park’s Closing Day 10-race card posted had 5 chalky winners (1 Top Selection in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $6.40 (1st race), $4.00 (2nd), $2.60 (4th), $3.80 (5th) and $4.80 (9th). The BEST BET of the Day went off 5-2 but could only manage 2nd behind the 1-5 (that’s correct, 1-5) betting favorite, but did return $3.20 to PLACE and $3.00 to SHOW while the LONGSHOT PICK also played bridesmaid returning $4.40 to PLACE and $2.60 to SHOW.

Selections for the Day 1 Pimlico Thursday, April 4th card are Page 2.

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Preakness138

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Maryland Jockey Club Unveils 2013 Preakness Logo

Posted on 09 November 2012 by Gary Quill

BALTIMORE, 11-09-13: The Maryland Jockey Club today unveiled the 2013 Preakness logo for the 138th running of the $1,000,000 Preakness® Stakes (G1), which is set for Saturday, May 18, 2013 at historic Pimlico Race Course.

For the 14th consecutive year, the Leffler Agency of Baltimore, Tampa and Providence designed the official Preakness logo. The Leffler Agency’s new creative branding division, brandNU Marketing™, created the logo under the design guidance of senior art director Jeffrey Sewell, a 27-year veteran of the agency.

The 2013 Preakness logo draws on the classic Pimlico logo horse type that is on the side of the clubhouse entrance. That horse combination was inspired by the nineteenth century painting of the “Great Race”, an event which put Pimlico on the national sporting map. The underline “checkerboard” pattern is also classic in that it plays off of the Maryland state flag. Both features and the straightforward typeface translate the venerable nature of the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.

“We at Leffler and brandNU take pride in the diverse styles and practicality that the logos have achieved over the years,” said Bob Leffler, agency president/owner. “They must be bold enough to translate on television, simple enough to serve on credentials and badges and have the dynamism to sell as a feature of apparel.”

Tickets for Preakness 138 have been on sale since Oct. 15. Seating information and ticket reservation forms can be found at www.preakness.com/tickets. Renewals are being accepted through Jan. 15, 2013.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Preakness sales office (410-542-9400 or 877-206-8042) or by logging onto or by logging onto www.ticketfly.com.

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