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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 04 June 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionAuto Racing: NASCAR Party in the Poconos 400 (Sunday 1pm from Long Pond, PA live on TNT); IndyCar Firestone 550 (Saturday 8:30pm from Fort Worth, TX live on ABC); Golf: PGA Tour FedEx St. Jude Classic (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Memphis), Champions Tour Regions Tradition (Thursday 6:30pm Friday & Saturday 12:30pm Sunday 2:30pm from Shoal Creek, AL on Golf Channel), Wegmans LPGA Championship (Thursday & Friday 12:30pm Saturday & Sunday 3pm from Pittsford, NY live on Golf Channel); Boxing: Chad Dawson vs. Adonis Stevenson (Saturday 10pm from Montreal live on HBO), Marcos Maidana vs. Josesito Lopez (Saturday 10pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime); MLL: Chesapeake Bayhawks @ New York Lizards (Thursday 7pm from Randalls Island, NY live on CBS Sports Network); WNBA: Minnesota Lynx @ Washington Mystics (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network)

10. Pretty Lights (Saturday 5pm Pier Six Pavilion); The National/Dirty Projectors (Thursday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Capital Jazz Fest feat. Chaka Khan, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds (Friday-Sunday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Earth, Wind & Fire (Tuesday 8pm Wolf Trap), Widespread Panic (Wednesday 7:30pm Wolf Trap); Dirty Heads (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); “Weird Al” Yankovic (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Metric (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), Mint Condition (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live), Social Distortion (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Foals (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Alpha Rev (Thursday 6:30pm Mt. Vernon Park); Toad The Wet Sprocket (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Cris Jacobs Band (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club); Edwin McCain (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Beach House (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Cut Copy (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Tricky (Sunday 10pm 9:30 Club), Animal Collective (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Marc Cohn (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); The Heavy (Monday 8pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Queens Of The Stone Age “…Like Clockwork” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Frank Turner is the guy that does that song you don’t even realize how much you love.

Everyone I know who likes good music likes Foals. So…umm…maybe you should like Foals?

I would really like to have someone go with me to Alpha Rev Thursday night. Anyone available?

Also, if you’d like to drive me to DC to see The Heavy; I’d like to discuss that as well.

9. Honfest (Saturday & Sunday Hampden); St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival (Thursday-Sunday Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church); Annapolis Arts and Crafts Festival (Saturday & Sunday Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium); Tommy Davidson (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Bobby Slayton (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); A Good Day to Die Hard“, “Warm Bodies” and “Identity Thief” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); The Internship” out in theaters (Friday)

The Internship appears as though it’s probably garbage; but it doesn’t change anything about the history of Wedding Crashers. Wedding Crashers was freaking fantastic. That will never change no matter what amount of hot garbage is involved in this not-so-sequely sequel.

Also, if I can’t make it down to Saint Nicholas; could someone bring me just about as much of this as possible?

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Selections for Sunday at Pimlico

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Selections for Sunday at Pimlico

Posted on 02 June 2013 by Gary Quill


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

Saturday June 8th is Closing Day at Pimlico. There’s just two more live racing days left on the Old HIlltop calendar in 2013. The final Fan Friday (June 7th) and Saturday which is also Belmont Stakes Day. So if you haven’t been to Pimlico for the exciting chase scenes during the 36 day meet, time is running out. Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate and good weather will continue to shine down on Baltimore’s only horse race track.

Frankie Lovato’s JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #153… “Horse

Recapping Pimlico’s Saturday (Day 33) 10-race card selections, posted 6 winners (4 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $2.20 (1st race), $5.40 (2nd), $4.60 (5th), $6.40 (6th), $3.20 (8th) and $3.20 (9th).

The BEST BET (32 12-5-3) D D Renegade (R4 #6 8-5 PT; 5-2 M/L) three wide on the turn, stalked the duel, had aim on the lead in upper stretch but flattened out, only being second best returning $3.20 to PLACE and $2.60 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (32 6-1-4) Another Taste (R10 #6 5-1 PT; 8-1 M/L) chased the pace three wide around the turn and held the show between rivals to return $5.00 to SHOW.

Selections for Pimlico’s Sunday, June 2nd card are on Page 2.

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Pimlico Picks for Saturday; Plenty of Interest for Belmont Stakes

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Pimlico Picks for Saturday; Plenty of Interest for Belmont Stakes

Posted on 01 June 2013 by Gary Quill


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

It’s officially Belmont Stakes week. Racing’s third leg of Triple Crown takes place on Saturday, June 8th. Even though Derby winner Orb failed to capture the Preakness Stakes, there is still plenty of interest in the $1,000,000 G1 event.

As of this writing as many as 14 will start in the Belmont Stakes. It will feature “The Rubber Match” between Orb and Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow. The NYRA has to be pleased with the amount of interest in this race, as every year if the Derby winner does not win the Preakness, the economic impact could be a disaster.

Luckily, either the NYRA Marketing Department or Racing Secretary’s Office has done an incredible job to attract a large field which normally results in a great betting and a huge handle.

In addition to Orb and Oxbow, the field is expected to include a filly, Unlimited Budget, who according to trainer Todd Pletcherthere’s a 99% chance that Rosie Napravnik will ride (Unlimited Budget). The other 3-year-olds likely to run are Golden Soul, Revolutionary, Will Take Charge, Vyjack, Overanalyze, Incognito, Palace Malice, Freedom Child, Giant Finish, Always in a Tiz and Midnight Taboo.

Frankie Lovato’s JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #152… “High Weight

Recapping Pimlico’s Friday (Day 32) 9-race card selections, posted 6 winners (5 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $7.60 (1st race), $3.40 (2nd), $5.00 (3rd), $6.20 (5th), $4.80 (7th) and $3.80 (8th).

The BEST BET (31 12-4-3) Biddy (R3 #4 3-2 PT; 2-1 M/L) simply did what was expected of him, go gate to wire as the only runner in the contest that had decent early speed going 5 furlongs on the grass, returning $5.00 to WIN, $3.40 to PLACE and $3.00 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (31 6-1-3) Public Secret (R5 #7 2-1 PT; 4-1 M/L) got a perfect stalking trip and pounced on the cheap speed at the head of the stretch to score the easy 3 length victory to return $6.20 to WIN, $3.00 to PLACE and $2.40 to SHOW.

Selections for Pimlico’s Saturday, June 1st card are on Page 2.

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Pimlico Picks for Fan Friday, Preview of Saturday’s Feature Race

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Pimlico Picks for Fan Friday, Preview of Saturday’s Feature Race

Posted on 30 May 2013 by Gary Quill


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

BALTIMORE, 05-30-13—Team Valor International’s Cerro (IRE) is named the overwhelming favorite to win Pimlico Race Course’s final stakes race of the spring meeting, the $100,000 Canonero II for 3-year olds, on Saturday afternoon.

After racing at Gulfstream Park and Keeneland earlier this year under the tutelage of Graham Motion, Cerro (6-5) will be asked to cover 1-1/8th miles for the second time since breaking his maiden in Italy last summer. The son of Mr. Greeley is one-of-four this year including a sixth place finish behind Kentucky Derby winner Orb in the Fountain of Youth (G2). Rick Mettee took over training duties after a fourth place finish in the Lexington Stakes (G3). Alan Garcia has the riding assignment.

Dynamic Strike (3-1) is the only stakes winner in the field, taking the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel park in early February for trainer Dickie Small. Since then the son of Smart Strike finished off the board in the Private Terms Stakes and Federico Tesio Stakes. Dynamic Strike put in a bullet half-mile work Wednesday morning, in which assistant trainer Dylan Smith reports the colt “came back sharper than he went to the track.” Forest Boyce will ride for the seventh straight time.

Dreaming of Jazz (4-1), who has wins for John Rigatteri, King Leatherbury and Juan Vasquez, makes his stakes debut. Hector Garcia is now his trainer of record. Apprentice Victor Carrasco will be aboard the Woke Up Dreamin offspring.

Hanky Doodle (8-1) has finished first or second in seven of 11 lifetime starts, including the Maryland Juvenile Championship last December. However the Gary Capuano trainee has failed to hit the board in his last two stakes tries: the Private Terms and Tesio. Xavier Perez has the call on the son of Cherokee’s Boy.

Recent maiden winners Midnight Cello (8-1) and Handsome Tiger (12-1) complete the field.

Frankie Lovato’s JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #151… “Heavy

Recapping Pimlico’s Memorial Day 10-race card selections, posted just 4 winners (2 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $6.40 (4th race), $9.00 (8th), $4.00 (9th) and $4.80 (10th).

The BEST BET (30 11-4-3) Poppy’s Punkin (R4 #7 2-1 PT; 7-2 M/L) was under a patient ride, stalking the leader until mid-stretch, then confidently took the lead in the final furlong to get under the wire first, returning $6.40 to WIN, $4.60 to PLACE and $3.00 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (30 5-1-3) English Sarah (R5 #3 7-1 PT; 6-1 M/L) was towards the back of the pack early per her running style. Negotiated thru traffic in the final quarter mile, but was no match for the top two while emerging well clear of the rest to finish 3rd, returning $3.40 to SHOW.

Selections for Pimlico’s Friday, May 31st card will be on Page 2.

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Sunday Selections at Pimlico; This time Spicer Cub ONLY ran 1 1/16 miles

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Sunday Selections at Pimlico; This time Spicer Cub ONLY ran 1 1/16 miles

Posted on 25 May 2013 by Gary Quill


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

As the field loaded into the gate for Pimlico’s 1st race on Saturday, track announcer Dave Rodman referred to #4 – Spicer Cub as “the Youtube sensation”. That’s because during the 4-year-old geldings most recent race, a 1 1/16 mile contest, he actually ran about 1 1/8 miles.

With more views than the attendance figure from last weekend Preakness Day at Pimlico, it’s no wonder that when the betting opened yesterday, Spicer Cub was 4-5, down from the 7-2 Morning Line. Just prior to Post Time, #2 – Nashly’s Vow was scratched on advice of the track veterinarian. This left a field of 5, and Spicer Cub the 5-2 second betting choice.

Fitted with a special designed blinker, here’s how Spicer Cub fared…

What the casual horse racing fan won’t understand is that Spicer Cub ”stepped up in class” in this race. That is, faced better competition than he had in his previous “adventure”. So to finish second was a major accomplishment in itself. He now has 4 runner-up finishes (from his last 4 races) in his 9 race career. Trainer Mary Eppler certainly deserves the credit for improving him from a $8,000 Maiden Claimer to the highest ($40,000) maiden ranks.

Frankie Lovato’s JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #146… “Handle”

Recapping Pimlico’s Saturday 10-race card selections, posted 6 winners (4 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $3.00 (1st race), $10.60 (2nd), $5.00 (4th), $6.20 (6th), $6.20 (7th) and $11.80 (9th).

The BEST BET (28 10-4-3) Diversification (R8 #5 7-1 PT; 4-1 M/L) was taken well back early and never showed any fight as he trailed nearly every step of the way, only passing one even more pathetic than he.

The LONGSHOT PICK (28 5-1-2) Shipwreck Cove (R3 #7 4-1 PT; 12-1 M/L) chased the pace three wide around the turn, was carried to the four path in upper stretch then gave way, finishing 7th among a field of 8.

Selections for Pimlico’s Sunday, May 26th card  will on Page 2.

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Pimlico To Get A Facelift; Picks for Saturday May 25th

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Pimlico To Get A Facelift; Picks for Saturday May 25th

Posted on 24 May 2013 by Gary Quill

Preakness Funnie with Crab

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

In a press conference less than 24 hours after the fourth largest crowd in Preakness history witnessed Oxbow’s victory in the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes, Maryland Jockey Club CEO, Tom Chuckas provided plenty of information.

The best news was that MJC will announce renovation plans for Pimlico by the end of 2013. With the influx of casino revenue which allowed for increased purses, Maryland thoroughbred horse racing has once again is THE #1 place for horsemen to train and run their equine athletes.

Click here to go to the Baltimore Business Journal website to listen to the press conference in its entirety.

Frankie Lovato’s JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #145… “Handily

Selections for Pimlico’s Saturday (Day 29) 10-race card will be on Page 2

Recapping Pimlico’s Friday 10-race card selections, posted 7 winners (1 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $6.20 (1st race), $5.40 (3rd), $12.60 (4th), $4.00 (5th), $7.40 (6th), $6.00 (7th) and $4.00 (9th).

The BEST BET (26 10-4-3) Small Giant (R5 #1A 7-2 PT; 4-1 M/L) hugged the rail, dueled with the winner to upper stretch then stopped, finishing last (5th).

The LONGSHOT PICK (26 5-1-2) Maryland Mystique (R7 #1 3-1 PT; 8-1 M/L) additional scratches beyond this race being taken off the turf cut the field size to 5… and that’s the only reason she finished 5th. She was supposed to be “lone speed”, but broke slowly, allowed the 2 horse to get the lead, and it was all downhill from that point.

Selections for Pimlico’s Saturday, May 25th card  are on Page 2.

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Preakness 138: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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Preakness 138: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Posted on 23 May 2013 by Gary Quill

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

The Good:

The Preakness is back! The fourth largest crowd (117,203) in Preakness history discounted the possibility of rain showers in return for the best entertainment value of the year. Fans from the Grandstand rushed the Infield when Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took to the stage early afternoon. And that was just for starters as Pitbull brought energy to the Infield would have blown the roof off, if there was one that covered Pimlico.

NBC reported their Preakness show garnered a 5.4 rating and 14 share. That represented a 6% increase from year-ago.

The Bad:

Kentucky Derby winner Orb, sent off as the prohibitive 3-5 favorite finished a disappointing 4th, to extend the Triple Crown drought another year.

Maserati’s decision to sponsor Orb for an undisclosed amount of money. Not only was riding the wave of the potential Triple Crown winner a short one, but Orb may pass on the next nationally televised horse race, the Belmont Stakes on June 8th.

The Ugly:

GQ’s selections. Only hitting 2 Top Picks on the 13-race card, both of those paid less than even money. After providing the winner in each of the first 3 races, misfired on the next 4 then finished up the last 6 races naming 4 winners, including Preakness winner Oxbow ($32.80) but failed to connect on the Exacta, which could have turned the “ugly” betting day into a “salvageable” one.

Horse players complaining about how the Pimlico dirt surface looked like crap and that the times were slow due to track maintenance dumping excess water on it on a rainy day. Hmmm, maybe they should just re-examine their own handicapping skills?

 

Best Preakness Quote: “I get paid to spoil dreams.” – D. Wayne Lukas, during press conference after his 15-1 longshot Oxbow won the Preakness Stakes.

Best Line Overheard : “A car you will never own.” – a Dad to his young daughter who asked “What’s a Maserati?” upon seeing Orb sporting his new saddlecloth.

 

If Oxbow’s win in the Preakness left you scratching your head asking, “How does a 15-1 longshot manage to win… so easily?” Click here for MY answer.

 

Frankie Lovato’s JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #144… “Handicapper

Recapping Pimlico’s Preakness Day selections 13-race card were quite pathetic, only posting 7 winners (2 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $5.40 (1st race), $3.40 (2nd), $7.40 (3rd), $5.20 (8th), $6.60 (10th), $32.80 (12th) and $2.60 (13th).

The BEST BET (26 10-4-3) Marataya’s Tune (R5 #14 5-2 PT; 9-2 M/L) appeared to be “lone speed” in here, and apparently I wasn’t the only one that noticed as she went off the 5-2 betting choice. Even though she cruised on the front end by herself, the fractions she set were not soft enough to carry her gate to wire, as she yielded to two foes in mid-stretch, returning $3.60 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (26 5-1-2) Embarr (R9 #6 12-1 PT; 15-1 M/L) was never involved in this contest. No other description is needed beyond the single word that sums up a poor performance, “Outrun”. For the record she finished 6th.

Selections for Pimlico’s Friday, May 24th card will be on Page 2.

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Preakness Day: Analysis of Preakness 138 and Selections for all 13 races

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Preakness Day: Analysis of Preakness 138 and Selections for all 13 races

Posted on 18 May 2013 by Gary Quill

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

For the fourth consecutive year, Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico, was filled with plenty of sunshine and warm hearts as it was the 4th annual People’s Pink Party, featuring the Lady Legends race which pitted eight retired female jockeys against one another. It was the 4th race on the card, won by Mary Russ-Tortora aboard Haywired, in gate to wire fashion.

What a proud moment for the Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) and everyone who had a hand in pulling it off and making such a generous donation as Pimlico made a donation of $27,507 to the Komen Maryland affiliate, equal to the amount wagered to win on Haywired.

The Preakness Day forecast for the Baltimore-metropolitan area calls for most cloudy skies, with …plenty of sunshine, clear skies and a fast track. There are 13 races on the card. The $1,000,000 Preakness Stakes is the 12th race, with approximate Post Time 6:20pm EDT, with 1st race Post Time 10:45am.

Below I offer my opinions on all 13 races, but I’ll start with the Main Event. Here’s how I see the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes playing out, listed in my predicted order of finish. Odds shown are the current betting odds after Friday’s advanced wagering.

1st – # 1 Orb (4-5) sealed the deal as a legitimate threat to become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years after outing in his final tune-up over the Belmont Park dirt surface on Monday. It was a work that on paper looked to be too fast (4 furlongs in 47), but according to his exercise rider it felt like they went about 3 seconds slower because he did it so easily. The confidence level in this colt is sky high.

2nd – # 4 Departing (11-1) is just one of three in this field that did not run in the Kentucky Derby. Often “new shooters” are a welcomed new edition as fresh prey, but this one has a legitimate shot at winning as prior to his Illinois Derby (his last race) victory, finished a strong 3rd in the Louisiana Derby, just a few lengths behind Mylute. Thus, he’s an improving colt that still has not yet peaked.

3rd – # 6 Oxbow (14-1) appearance on the track in the mornings of Preakness Week were nothing short of indicating the Derby took nothing out of him. Considering he was responsible for being part of one of the fastest early fraction times recorded for the Kentucky Derby

4th – # 5 Mylute (7-1) will require Rosie Napravnik to wait at least another year to fulfill her Preakness victory dream. Even though it seems that the key the his reversal of form appears to have been the removing of “Blinkers”, his late move in deep stretch might find him to run out of real estate, when he comes flying late in deep stretch.

The remainder of runners are predicted to finish as follows…

5th – # 9 Itsmyluckyday (9-1)
6th – # 7 Will Take Charge (12-1)
7th – # 2 Goldencents (7-1)
8th – # 8 Govenor Charlie (11-1)
9th – # 3 Titletown Five (23-1)

Based on my analysis of the Preakness, I’ll play…

$2 EXACTA BOX on # 1 (Orb), # 4 (Departing), # 5 (Mylute), # 6 (Oxbow)  cost: $24

$1 TRIFECTA PART-WHEEL #1, #5, #6, #9 with #4 (Departing) in 2nd spot with #1, #5, #6, #9  cost: $20

Frankie Lovato’s JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #138… “Groom

Selections for the 12 other races on the Preakness Day card at Pimlico are on Page 2

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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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Orb Draws #1 Post as 1-1 M/L Favorite in Preakness Field of 9

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Orb Draws #1 Post as 1-1 M/L Favorite in Preakness Field of 9

Posted on 15 May 2013 by Gary Quill

Orb, winner of the Kentucky Derby will break from the #9 hole has been listed as the prohibitive 6-5 Morning Line for the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes.

Early evening on Wednesday the Post Positions were drawn for Saturday’s 138th running of the Preakness Stakes. A field of 9 will break from the starting gate on Saturday at approximately 6:18pm for this 1 3/16 mile middle jewel of the Triple Crown. Below is how they’ll line-up in the starting gate, along with track oddsmaker Frank Carulli’s Morning Line and what I (G.Q.) predict will be the Post Time odds…

PP

HORSE

SILKS

JOCKEY

TRAINER

M/L

G.Q.

1.

Orb

Janney silks

Joel Rosario

Shug McGaughey

1-1

3-5

2.

Goldencents

WC Racing silks

Kevin Krigger

Doug O’Neill

8-1

9-1

3.

Titletown Five

GB5 silks

Julien Leparoux

D. Wayne Lukas

30-1 33-1

4.

Departing

Claiborne silks

Brian Hernandez

Al Stall, Jr.

6-1

7-1

5.

Mylute

Gold Mark silks

Rosie Napravnik

Tom Amoss

5-1

7-1

6.

Oxbow

Calumet silks

Gary Stevens

D. Wayne Lukas

15-1

14-1

7.

Will Take Charge

Horton silks

Mike Smith

D. Wayne Lukas

12-1

13-1

8.

Govenor Charlie

Pegram silks

Martin Garcia

Bob Baffert

12-1

9-1

9.

Itsmyluckyday

Fipke silks

John Velazquez

Eddie Plesa, Jr.

10-1

12-1

Preakness Funnie with Crab

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

Recapping Pimlico Day 24 selections from Sunday’s 10-race card posted 7 winners (5 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $2.80 (1st race), $8.80 (3rd), $2.40 (4th), $10.60 (5th), $4.80 (6th), $5.60 (7th) and $2.60 (9th).

The BEST BET (23 9-4-2) Tell Me a Story (R9 #2 1-5 PT; 8-5 M/L) the plethora of scratches on the Sunday card absolutely destroyed the price on this Sagamore Farm runner. She saved ground on the turns, set a pressured pace, bumped with a rival in upper stretch and drove clear late to return a paltry $2.60 to WIN and $2.10 to PLACE (no SHOW wagering).

The LONGSHOT PICK (23 5-1-2) Next Level (R3 #7 3-1 PT; 12-1 M/L) reluctant to load into the starting gate, sped to the early lead, saved ground setting the pace and was under urging in the stretch to score by 4½ lengths to return $8.80 to WIN, $5.00 to PLACE and $4.20 to SHOW.

Frankie Lovato’s JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #136… “Graded Race”

Selections for the Day 25 Pimlico Thursday, May 16th card are on Page 2.

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