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Counting Crows, The Fray to play Pimlico on Black-Eyed Susan Day

Posted on 12 March 2014 by WNST Staff

COUNTING CROWS, THE FRAY, ANNIE BOSKO TO PERFORM ON BLACK-EYED SUSAN DAY AS PART OF “PREAKNESS CONCERT SERIES”

Pimlico Partners With Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For The Cure®, Suited To Succeed For “The Ultimate Girls Day Out”

13-Race Card Will Feature Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, Pimlico Special, Lady Legends Race & Hall of Fame Jockey Challenge

BALTIMORE, 03-12-14—The Maryland Jockey Club today announced that Counting Crows, The Fray and Annie Bosko will perform live in the public infield, beginning in the late afternoon on Friday, May 16 at Pimlico Race Course.

Counting Crows ­has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide after exploding onto the music scene with their multiplatinum breakout album August and Everything After in 1993. The band is currently finalizing their seventh studio album scheduled to be released in Fall of 2014. This album will be the band’s first new material since 2007. Known for creating unique and innovative concerts and consistently ranked as one of the top live bands performing today, Counting Crows will embark on a world tour beginning in June. Additional information can be found at http://countingcrows.com/.

The Fray released its fourth studio album Helios on February 25 which is receiving early critical acclaim—Billboard named it “one of the most highly anticipated releases of the season.” The band achieved national success with their 2005 debut, featuring the hit singles “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How to Save a Life,” which went double-platinum. The band also earned a 2010 Grammy nomination for its self-titled release. Additional information can be found athttp://www.thefray.com/us/.

Bosko is one of Nashville’s “it” girls on the rise. A semi-finalist on season 8 American Idol, she has performed as opening or backing vocal slots with Darius Rucker, Adele, Josh Groban, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich and Josh Turner. Her single “Crooked Halo” will be released to Sirius XM radio and terrestrial stations this spring. Additional information can be found athttp://anniebosko.com/.

Renowned independent promotion and production company, I.M.P., of 9:30 Club and Merriweather Post Pavilion fame, booked and will produce the concert. Additional information can be found on http://www.930.com/.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Pimlico sales office (877-206-8042) or by logging onto http://www.blackeyedsusanday.com/. Tickets for the concert will be $40.

A two-day Infield combo ticket for Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness days is available for $90 through April. Lorde will headline the main stage at Preakness InfieldFest on Saturday, May 17. The Preakness day concert features seven acts on two stages from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. leading up to the 139th running of the Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown. The full line-up will be announced shortly.

Black-Eyed Susan Day, held annually on the third Friday in May, is the second biggest day on the Maryland racing calendar in terms of purses, attendance and handle, trailing only Preakness Day.

First run as the Pimlico Oaks in 1919, the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2), for 3-year-old fillies, is the co-headliner on a 13-race card that also features the historic Pimlico Special (G3). The program includes a jockey challenge between seven active Hall of Fame riders and the fifth annual Lady Legends For the Cure Race™.

“The evolution of Black-Eyed Susan Day is something we are very proud of,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “The weekend is now positioned as one of the most unique entertainment experiences anywhere, combining the highest level of racing and first-class music on both Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness days.”

NBC Sports Network, WBAL-TV and HRTV will have live broadcasts of Black-Eyed Susan Day from Pimlico on May 16.

 

The Ultimate Girls Day Out

Last December, Pimlico announced a new Black-Eyed Susan branding campaign in support of issues important to women year-round: Empowerment 360°.

“The Maryland Jockey Club is committed to the empowerment of women and supports a platform to honor their strength and spirit,” added Chuckas. “Black-Eyed Susan Day represents that platform by championing causes related to health education, career relationships and family.”

The 2014 beneficiaries will be the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and Baltimore-based Suited To Succeed.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, was founded by Nancy G. Brinker in 1982 after a promise to her dying sister to do everything in her power to end breast cancer.

The mission of Suited to Succeed is to empower Baltimore area women in their efforts to transition from training programs and unemployment to self-sufficiency by providing free professional clothing and workshops.

Pimlico will launch initiatives supporting both charities with a series of events leading up to and including Black-Eyed Susan Day.

Black-Eyed Susan Day welcomes two new highlights to a day already packed with energy and excitement:

  • ·        Women in Business Networking Gala and Luncheon co-hosted with the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber Of Commerce (BWCC) and welcoming best-selling author and Academy Award nominated actress Mariel Hemingway as the keynote speaker. She will sign her book Running With Nature. Tickets can be purchased athttp://www.blackeyedsusanday.com/.
  • ·        Pimlico will attempt to break The Guinness Book of World Records for largest Zumba® class, currently at 6,671 participants set in India on September 15, 2012. The event is part of a festival in the infield that will include 100 women-owned businesses/vendors displaying goods promoting health, fitness, wellness, education, career, relationships and family.

Additional endeavors/fundraising efforts include:

  • ·        Happy Hours with food and beverage specials at Mount Washington Tavern (April 6, April 27, May 8 from 6-9 p.m.)
  • ·        Canter for the Cure where horse enthusiasts will get a chance to ride their own horses around Pimlico’s famous oval (May 10)
  • ·        Preakness Concert Series Kickoff Concert at Rams Head Live (May 10)
  • ·        Pink Tutu Project (http://www.thetutuproject.com/) offering unique on-site photo opportunities, available for purchase on Black-Eyed Susan Day (May 16)
  • ·        Celebrity jockey autograph session before the races (May 16)
  • ·        Gator raffle drawing donated by John Deere and NTRA (May 16)

Hall Of Fame Jockey Challenge

The $50,000 Jockey’s Challenge, presented by Xpress Bet, will feature active Hall of Fame riders. The seven jockeys have combined to win more than 44,000 races with earnings of $1.6 billion through March 11.

Gary Stevens (1997 Hall of Fame inductee), Russell Baze (1999), Mike Smith (2003), Kent Desormeaux (2004), Edgar Prado (2008), John Velazquez (2012) and Calvin Borel (2013) will compete in four races with points award­ed based upon their finish.

“Throughout the years we have had many formats for the Jockey Challenge and getting the active Hall of Famers is a coup,” Chuckas said. “As an added bonus, Russell Baze, who has more than 50,000 career mounts, has never ridden at Pimlico. That will be fun.”

The jockey with the most points at the end of a four-race competition will be crowned champion. Riding assignments are determined by a drawing Sunday, May 11, and jockeys receive points for finishing first (12 points), second (6), third (4) and fourth (3) in each race. The champion jockey will earn $20,000. Other prize money: $12,000 (second), $8,000 (third), $6,000 (fourth), $2,000 (fifth) and $1,000 (sixth and seventh).
The Lady Legends For the Cure Race

Now in its fifth year, the Lady Legends For the Cure Race™ was the first ever pari-mutuel race showcasing retired female riders.

Mary Russ-Tortora will not be back to defend her title but four of the original riders return: Patti Cooksey, Jennifer Rowland-Small, Barbara Jo Rubin and Cheryl White. Abby Fuller, Andrea Seefeldt-Knight and Stacie Clark-Rogers are also veterans of the event.

Tami Purcell-Burkland is the new shooter. The Texas native is the only female jockey to win the All American Futurity (G1) Quarter Horse race.

 

About Pimlico Race Course

Historic Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel in horse racing’s famed Triple Crown, first opened its doors on October 25, 1870, and is the second oldest racetrack in the United States. Pimlico has played host to racing icons and Baltimoreans have seen the likes of legendary horses such as Man o’ War, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Affirmed and Cigar thunder down the stretch in thrilling and memorable competition. For more information on Pimlico, visit www.pimlico.com.

Pimlico Race Course is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America’s top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world’s largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America’s premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.

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Black-Eyed Susan Pink Party Day at Old Hilltop features 4 and 2 legged fillies

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Black-Eyed Susan Pink Party Day at Old Hilltop features 4 and 2 legged fillies

Posted on 16 May 2013 by Gary Quill

BES Pink Warrior Funnie
Drawing courtesy of Mel @dailyracefunies. To see more of Mel’s work, click here.

Kudos to The Maryland Jockey Club Racing Secretary, Georganne Hale, for constructing a terrific racing card on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s card has 13 races featuring the $500,000 G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes for 3 year old fillies (race 10).

There are two (2) events on Friday that highlight 2 legged female athletes. The 4th race is the 4th annual Lady Legends For The Cure race where a field of eight (8) thoroughbreds will be ridden by retired female jockeys. This is part of The Maryland Jockey Club teaming up with Susan G. Komen For The Cure for the day with additional events to raise awareness and money for the fight against breast cancer. One of the participating jockeys, Patti “PJ” Cooksey (far left in picture below) is a breast cancer survivors. The other ladies in the irons are (from left to right) Zoe Cadman (back for her 2nd year), first-time starter Stacie Clark-Rogers, Jennifer Rowland Small (winner of the 2012 race), Barbara Jo Rubin (first woman to win a race against men at a recognized track), Cheryl White (first African-American female jockey) and Mary Russ Tortora (4-year participant). Not pictured is Abigail Fuller, another first-time starter.

In addition to her earnings in the race, each rider will receive a $3,500 bonus. Pimlico will match the amount wagered on the 2013 winner in-state and make a contribution to Komen Maryland.

The third event is the Battle of the Sexes Challenge. It’s a jockey’s challenge that features four of the North America’s top female jockeys versus four of the nation’s best male riders, competing in four races with points award­ed based upon their finish.

Competing on the female side will be former Maryland sensation Rosie Napravnik, Emma-Jayne Wilson, Forest Boyce and Kristina McManigell. The male fearsome foursome is made up of John Velazquez, Javier Castellano, Joel Rosario and Gary Stevens.

The jockey with the most points at the end of a four-race competition will be crowned champion. Riding assignments were determined by a drawing Sunday, May 12, and jockeys receive points for finishing first (12 points), second (6), third (4) and fourth (3) in each race. The champion jockey will earn $10,000. Other prize money: $7,000 (second), $6,000 (third), $4,000 (fourth), $2,000 (fifth) and $1,000 (sixth through eighth).

Another special wager begin offered on Friday is a Pimlico Special – Preakness DOUBLE wager. So take your best shot at picking the winners for these races  for a potentially handsome payoff.

Recapping Pimlico Day 25 selections from Thursday 9-race card posted just 5 winners (2 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $7.00 (2nd race), $8.00 (3rd), $5.60 (4th), $6.80 (5th) and $9.80 (6th).

The BEST BET (24 10-4-2) Cacaway (R5 #10 2-1 PT; 5-2 M/L) was unhurried early, raced outside foes on the far turn, swung very wide turning for home, sprinted clear in mid-stretch and prevailed under urging to return $6.80 to WIN, $4.20 to PLACE and $2.80 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (24 5-1-2) Moon Dreamer (R3 #1 9-2 PT; 6-1 M/L) saved ground while disputing the early pace but faltered in mid-stretch finishing 6th.

Frankie Lovato’s JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #137…  “Green

Selections for Pimlico’s Black-Eyed Susan Day card are on Page 2.

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Sue Steel named Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior; Saturday Selections at Old Hilltop

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Sue Steel named Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior; Saturday Selections at Old Hilltop

Posted on 10 May 2013 by Gary Quill

BALTIMORE, 05-10-13Sue Steel has been named 2013 Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior for the 138th Preakness Stakes. Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior serves as the official Preakness ambassador at all events leading up to and including the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown.

Pimlico Race Course and the Maryland affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, have developed a partnership to raise funds to aid awareness and research that will take place on Black-Eyed Susan Day, Friday, May 17. Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised will go to the Komen Maryland Affiliate to use for community outreach programs in Maryland and 25% will be used for life-saving breast cancer research.

The original Miss Preakness contest was refashioned in 2010 to honor breast cancer survivors and individuals who have made a difference in the lives of those fighting breast cancer. The name Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior is in recognition of Candy Coburn’s popular song, “Pink Warrior”.

Steel, who lives in Eldersburg, Md., is a 16-year breast cancer survivor. The 49-year-old was first diagnosed in 1997, only days before her mother succumbed to the disease. Six days after her mother’s funeral, Steel was admitted to the hospital for a double mastectomy and has endured 15 additional surgeries. During her initial recovery she decided to do something meaningful so that her daughter would not have to face this disease.

“My goal is to show other young women that they can survive this disease and go on to lead a healthy, active life,” Steel said. “Early detection is key.”

Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior will represent the Maryland Jockey Club at official Preakness events throughout the week, including the Post Position draw on Wednesday, May 15, the Alibi Breakfast the following morning and at a prominent place on the storied cupola for the presentation of the Woodlawn Vase following next Saturday’s Preakness.

In recognition of Komen’s signature shade, Pimlico will be awash in pink on Black-Eyed Susan Day. The color pink will brand the day, with horses and pony riders on the track who will be sporting pink saddle towels, featuring the unity logo representing both partners. Valets and starters will be decked in pink gear and festive linens, flowers and banners will blanket Pimlico. For the first time, the Pimlico starting gate will also be pink for the day.


Above photos credit Jim McCue, MJC

Recapping Pimlico Day 22 selections from Friday 10-race card posted a pathetic 4 winners (3 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $5.00 (4th race), $3.00 (6th), $3.80 (8th), $15.20 (9th) and $x.x0 (10th).

The BEST BET (21 8-4-2) Seattle Salute (R4 #6 9-2 PT; 6-1 M/L) did all the dirty work on the front end, left nothing on the track fighting off the #8 only to have the 3-2 PT favorite sneak up on the outside to get up in the last few jumps to snatch victory from Seattle Salute, who returned $3.80 to PLACE and $3.00 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (21 4-1-2) Miss Speak (R3 #12 11-1 PT; 12-1 M/L) was never involved throughout this contest, running evenly while wide turning for home, never showed any interesting finishing 6th.

The JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #131… “Going

Selections for the Day 23 Pimlico Saturday, May 11th card are on Page 2.

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Afrojack, Rodney Atkins join Preakness weekend music lineup

Posted on 12 April 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, 04-12-13—The Maryland Jockey Club today announced that Afrojack will open the main stage at 2013 Preakness InfieldFest on Saturday, May 18 at Pimlico Race Course, while Rodney Atkins and Rachel Farley will perform at the Black-Eyed Susan concert a day earlier, May 17.

In the span of less than two years, Afrojack has become one of electronic dance music’s major icons. From humble DJ beginnings in his native country of Holland, he has grown to become a multi-award winning, platinum-selling producer. He made a name for himself with a slew of hard-hitting underground releases, before exploding in 2011 with the unveiling of “Take Over Control”, an instant worldwide club and chart hit that went platinum in the United States. Additional information can be found at http://afrojack.com, http://facebook.com/djafrojack and http://twitter.com/djafrojack.

Atkins has six #1 songs on his resume, including “If You’re Going Through Hell”, which was named Billboard Country Single of the Year in 2006. The 44-year-old, who was named the Country Music Association’s Top New Male Vocalist in 2007, most recently topped the charts with “Take A Back Road”. Additional information can be found at http://www.rodneyatkins.com/,https://www.facebook.com/rodneyatkins and https://twitter.com/RodneyAtkins. 

Farley’s debut single, “Ain’t Easy”, already ranks in the top 40 on the country charts. The 17-year-old Brantley Gilbert protégé was recently signed by Red Bow Records. Her debut album is due this summer. Rachel Farley’s performance is presented by Red Bow Records. Additional information can be found at http://www.rachelfarleymusic.com,https://www.facebook.com/rachelfarleymusic and https://twitter.com/rachelfarley.

“We are thrilled to showcase some of music’s finest artists, both on Black-Eyed Susan Day and at the Preakness InfieldFest,” said Pimlico president Tom Chuckas. “Premier music at Pimlico has now become a signature feature of our brand on both days, where fans can enjoy the finest in Thoroughbred racing, along with an unparalleled entertainment experience, at the one of the nation’s largest and most cherished weekends in sports.”

Pitbull and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will headline the main stage with Chevelle, Florida Georgia Line and Kristen and the Noise performing on the Jägermeister stage. The annual running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) is an American institution. First contested in 1873, it is one of thoroughbred horse racing’s most valued Grade 1 stakes races. Now one of the largest single-day sporting events in the United States, “The People’s Race…The People’s Party” has hosted up to 121,309 for the pivotal middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. Additional information can be found on www.preakness.com.

Grammy-nominated Goo Goo Dolls will headline the first-ever Preakness eve concert at Pimlico on Black-Eyed Susan day Friday, May 17. Pimlico partners with the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, for the The People’s Pink Party  on Black-Eyed Susan day, an event that launched in 2010 to raise funds and aid awareness and research for breast cancer. The day includes a 13-race program, headlined by the 89th running of $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) and the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3). Additional information can be found at www.blackeyedsusanday.com.

 

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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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Goo Goo Dolls to play Black-Eyed Susan Day concert

Posted on 08 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, March 8, 2013—The Maryland Jockey Club today announced that the Goo Goo Dolls will headline a concert on Friday, May 17 at Pimlico Race Course as part of Pimlico’s partnership with the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, an event that launched in 2010 to raise funds and aid awareness and research for breast cancer.

The People’s Pink Party includes a 13-race program that afternoon featuring eight stakes races, headlined by the 89th running of $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) for 3-year-old fillies and the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3). The day will feature a jockey challenge between eight of the nation’s top active riders and the fourth annual Lady Legends For the Cure Race™.

“The day’s growing momentum and popularity allow us to offer, for the first time, an Infield concert on Preakness eve featuring a national headlining artist. Live music has always been a part of The People’s Pink Party, and with the Goo Goo Dolls performance, the weekend is now positioned to be one of the most unique entertainment experiences anywhere, combining the highest level of racing and first-class music on both Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness days,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “The heart of Black-Eyed Susan day remains our partnership with Komen Maryland. It remains our pleasure to honor many devoted people involved in the fight against breast cancer on this very special day at Pimlico.”

Grammy-nominated artists Goo Goo Dolls recently released “Rebel Beat”, the first single from their new album Magnetic due out May 7th via Warner Bros Records. Goo Goo Dolls have sold over 10 million albums worldwide, with 14 Top 10 Radio hits, more than any other artists in the history of the Hot AC format. They are the only artists to have songs on Billboard’s “Top 100 Songs from 1992-2012” chart, including the number One slot, for “Iris”. Additional information can be found athttp://googoodolls.com/, https://twitter.com/googoodolls and https://www.facebook.com/googoodolls.

The line-up will include two other acts, to be announced shortly. The public infield will open at 2 p.m. with the music beginning at 4 o’clock. A full schedule will be released closer to the date.

Renowned independent promotion and production company, I.M.P., of 9:30 Club and Merriweather Post Pavilion fame, booked and will produce the concert. Additional information can be found on http://www.930.com/.

Tickets for the concert will be on sale to the public Friday, March 15 and can be bought by calling the Pimlico sales office at410-542-9400 or 877-206-8042 or at www.ticketfly.com. Tickets for the concert will be $25.

A two-day Infield combo ticket is available for $70 through May 11. Pitbull and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will headline the main stage at Preakness InfieldFest on Saturday, May 18. There will be no MUG Club or MUG Club ticketing on Black-Eyed Susan day, May 17.

 

The Lady Legends For the Cure Race

Now in its fourth year, the Lady Legends For the Cure Race™ was the first ever pari-mutuel race showcasing retired female riders. Profiled on NBC Sports in 2010, the race was also filmed as the climatic ending to the feature length documentary in production, JOCK, chronicling the story of the first generation of lady jockeys.

Jennifer Rowland-Small will be back to defend her title. A pioneering jockey in Maryland in the 1970’s, she guided Class Rules to a gate-to-wire score a year ago.

Zoe Cadman, Patti “PJ” Cooksey, Abby Fuller, Mary Russ-Tortora, Barbara Jo Rubin and Cheryl White return with Stacie Clark-Rogers replacing 2011 champion Mary Wiley-Wagner.

“The Lady Legends concept has been a home run for us,” said Maryland Jockey Club racing secretary Georganne Hale, who coordinates the Lady Legends race and the jockey challenge. “They are excellent ambassadors for racing. The girls have fun when they come to town and the crowd loves them. Barbara Jo is going to be 64 this year and personally I hope she gets a good draw. She is a true legend and I would like to see her win the race.”

Rubin was the first woman to win a pari-mutuel race in the United States, guiding Cohesion to victory at Charles Town on February 22, 1969.

In addition to her earnings in the race, each rider will receive a $3,500 bonus. Pimlico will match the amount wagered on the 2013 winner in-state and make a contribution to Komen Maryland.

 

Battle of The Sexes Jockey Challenge

The Jockey’s Challenge will feature four of the North America’s top female jockeys versus four of the nation’s best male riders, competing in four races with points award­ed based upon their finish.

Competing on the female side will be former Maryland sensation Rosie Napravnik, Emma-Jayne Wilson, Rosemary Homeisterand Forest Boyce. The male lineup has not been finalized but those under consideration include Ramon Dominguez, John Velazquez, Javier Castellano, Mike Smith and Gary Stevens.

“Throughout the years we have had many formats but decided a boys and against the girls concept would be the most fun,” added Hale. “It is special for us to have Rosie back. She got her start at Pimlico (2005) and we are all proud of her accomplishments as one of the top riders in the country.”

The jockey with the most points at the end of a four-race competition will be crowned champion. Riding assignments are determined by a drawing Sunday, May 12, and jockeys receive points for finishing first (12 points), second (6), third (4) and fourth (3) in each race. The champion jockey will earn $10,000. Other prize money: $7,000 (second), $6,000 (third), $4,000 (fourth), $2,000 (fifth) and $1,000 (sixth through eighth).

The Lady Legends and Jockey Challenge riders will take part in an autograph session prior to the card.

 

The People’s Pink Party

Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, was founded by Nancy G. Brinker in 1982 after a promise to her dying sister to do everything in her power to end breast cancer.

The People’s Pink Party will welcome 89 breast cancer survivors as guests to Pimlico, where they will be honored in festivities throughout the day, highlighted by an inspirational winners’ circle tribute that has become an event tradition. Seventy-five percent of the funds raised during the day will go to the Komen Maryland Affiliate to use for community outreach programs in Maryland and 25% will be used for life-saving breast cancer research.

“We are thrilled to continue for the fourth year our partnership with the Maryland Jockey Club. They remain committed as Komen Maryland to raising funds for breast cancer education, screening, treatment and support services for the Maryland community,” said Robin Prothro, CEO of Komen Maryland. “Their support translates into funding for local breast cancer programs throughout the state and for research projects across the globe.”

In recognition of Komen’s signature shade, Pimlico will once again be awash in pink on Black-Eyed Susan Day. The horses and pony riders on the track will don pink saddletowels branded with the unity logo created exclusively to commemorate the day. Additionally, the valets and starters will sport pink gear, and colorful pink linens, flowers and banners will blanket Pimlico throughout the day.

A new Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior will be crowned. The contest honoring breast cancer survivors and individuals who have made a difference in the lives of those fighting breast cancer returns for the fourth year. The winner will be chosen in part through an on-line, interactive process featuring the contestant’s own stories. The title “Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior” is in recognition of the popular anthem, “Pink Warrior”, celebrating the war against breast cancer, written and performed by Candy Coburn. Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior will serve as the official ambassador of the Preakness, representing the Maryland Jockey Club at Preakness events throughout the week, including the presentation of the Woodlawn Vase on the storied cupola following the 138th Preakness® Stakes on Saturday, May 18.

A new website promoting Black-Eyed Susan Day (www.blackeyedsusanday.com) is currently under development.

 

About Pimlico Race Course

Historic Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel in horse racing’s famed Triple Crown, first opened its doors on October 25, 1870, and is the second oldest racetrack in the United States. Pimlico has played host to racing icons and Baltimoreans have seen the likes of legendary horses such as Man o’ War, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Affirmed and Cigar thunder down the stretch in thrilling and memorable competition. For more information on Pimlico, visitwww.pimlico.com.

Pimlico Race Course is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America’s top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world’s largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America’s premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.


About Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Komen Maryland Affiliate

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever, and in 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. The Maryland Affiliate is part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Through events like Komen Maryland Race For a Cure, the Maryland Affiliate has invested $35 million in community breast cancer program since 1993. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in Maryland. The remaining 25 percent funds national breast cancer research, often taking place at Maryland institutions. Komen Maryland is the tenth of approximately 120 affiliates in the Komen network to host two races-Hunt Valley and Ocean City. For more information, call 410-938-8990 or visit www.komenmd.org.

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Handicappers Great Wins and Bad Beats of 2012; Saturday Selections at Laurel Park

Posted on 28 December 2012 by Gary Quill

Horseplayers are a rare breed. While at the track, we love to tell anyone within ear shot about how we just got beat and/or how anyone with half a brain should have known that the horse we bet (and won) would win.

It also seems that for every “Great Win” story, there is a “Bad Beat” or to use a current phrase “Epic Fail”. The best thing about these stories, they rarely are told about a major race like the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont Stakes. Most occur during your typical day at the track.

Below is an excerpt from an email I received from a reader of my blog for Black-Eyed Susan Day 2012 at Pimlico, in which my Longshot Pick was Sensible Lady (20-1 M/L). Enjoy!

My wife and I went to Pimlico, as we have done for many years now, for the Black Eyed Susan. We are casual bettors in the sense that, when we go, we commit an amount of money to lose and enjoy the day and the races. We know our way around looking at PPs and enjoy the thrill of handicapping itself.

I printed your selections for the day to have as a guide against our picks and we went through the day winning a couple of bets but losing more along the way. We went our own way for the most part and let your selections influence us in some. Before the 11th race, I took stock of your selections and contrary to the sensibility (misguided as it was) I had, you had picked a number of winners and had a number of horses finish in the money. Side note: The only pick I did not understand to that point was Shimmering Forest all others I understood how a case could be made.

Then came the 11th, after taking stock of your selections and getting my wife’s direction to do a 6-7Exacta box, I went to the window and picked Sensible Lady (#1) to Win and bet the $1 Trifecta 1-7-6 and 1-6-7. I went back to my seat to watch the race and my wife had no idea why I was jumping up and down as the 1 stormed down the stretch. After the win she looked at me perplexed and said “THAT was the 1 not the 7.” I said “I know I bet the 1 to win.” She got happy and said, ”At least we will not go home with our pockets empty.” It was then I told her that I also bet the Tri and then …oh baby!!! We were having trouble seeing the board and the payouts so we were quite pleased when we cashed in the tickets.Click HERE to see Pimlico’s 11th race results from Black Eyed Susan Day 2012

I talked you up to these guys, sitting next to us in the stands that were from Philly, directing them to WNST.net and told them to look for your Preakness day blog where you would predict the card. They wanted to buy me a drink because I turned them onto Sensible Lady and the Tri.

I talked you up to this family from New Jersey at the Charred Rib (where separately, we and they went to celebrate the day) telling them to check you out.

We enjoy our days at the races regardless of betting outcome. You though, contributed to make this Black Eyed Susan an extra special outing and for that I thank you and WNST for the wisdom of carrying your blog.

Thank you and regards,
Gil from Perry Hall

The best part of sharing my opinions in my blogs is receiving feedback such as Gil’s “Great Win” and being a shoulder to cry on when a reader experiences a “Bad Beat”.

Did you experience either in 2012? If so, I’m all ears!

Recapping posted selections at Laurel Park from Saturday, Dec. 22nd had 7 winners from 9 races (3 Top Selections; pay-offs shown in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $3.80 (1st race), $4.60 (2nd), $3.00 (3rd), $23.20 (4th), $6.80 (7th), $9.60 (8th) and $5.20 (9th).

The BEST BET of the Day (12 5-1-2) Friendly Princess (4-1 PT; 4-1 M/L) had no excuse. The Brisnet Chart Comment was “dead aim off duel, wknd”. She was in what appeared to be a nice stalking position, but when the field turned for home , and was asked for her best stride, she offered nothing and finished 4th.

The LONGSHOT PICK (10 3-0-0) Today’s Treasure (15-1 PT; 15-1 M/L) was a great name for a longshot, but he failed to deliver a ROI as he got unexpected pressure early. Thoughts of this one being lone speed fell by the wayside when Donttangowithmango (9-5 2nd choice) jock decided to push his mount early, which eventually doomed not only my pick who faded to 6th, but also “Mango” who finished a distant 3rd. Just goes to show no matter how the race shapes up on paper, the human element can really screw it up.

**** Selections for Laurel Park on Saturday, Dec. 29th are on Page 2 ****

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