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MJC, MRC release equine security procedures for Preakness week

Posted on 06 May 2014 by WNST Staff

MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB, MARYLAND RACING COMMISSION RELEASE EQUINE SECURITY PROCEDURES FOR PREAKNESS WEEK

BALTIMORE, 05-06-14—The Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Racing Commission today announced protocol for horses competing in stakes races May 16-17 at Pimlico Race Course.

The May 16 card features eight stakes races, highlighted by the $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2), while the May 17 program has nine stakes races, headlined by the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1), the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown.

Every runner competing in the six graded stakes races must be stabled in Barns C, D or E, which are located behind the Pimlico grandstand. Those races are: Preakness, Dixie, Gallorette and Maryland Sprint on Saturday, May 17 and the Black-Eyed Susan and Pimlico Special on Friday, May 16.

The first Preakness starter scheduled to arrive is Social Inclusion, who is expected to be at Pimlico Thursday morning, May 8.

“Ensuring the welfare and safety of horses and jockeys is paramount,” Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas said. “Credibility and safety are maxims we live by, as evidenced by the Stronach Group’s ten-point plan proposal.  To provide that environment, from the bottom claimer up to our stakes program, is our mission.”

“The Maryland Jockey Club and the Maryland Racing Commission are partnering in an effort to provide the most secure and safe environment possible for Preakness-week participants,” said Maryland Racing Commission chairman Bruce Quade. “The equine security procedures, along with the additional security steps being taken by the Maryland Jockey Club will also ensure the seamless implementation of the State’smedication protocol. These efforts are part of the continuing program to ensure the integrity of Maryland’s most exciting weekend.”

  • ·        All Preakness Stakes runners are required to be in no later than 12 Noon Thursday, May 15. Blood specimens will be drawn on all Preakness horses that afternoon
  • ·        Security cameras are installed and operational in barns C, D and E beginning when a horse is stabled in the barn
  • ·        Access to each barn will only be permitted at each corner. All persons shall Sign-In when entering barn C, D or E
  • ·        On Saturday, May 17 pre-race exams will begin at 8:00 a.m. Horses are required to be “clean legged” and open for the pre-race exam and are not allowed to be placed in ice until after the exam.
  • ·        Practicing Veterinarians will provide the Racing Commission with a list of treatments scheduled for horses stabled in barns C, D or E prior to the treatment being administered unless a treatment is a documented emergency
  • ·        No practicing veterinarian, other than the veterinarian administering Salix is allowed into barns C, D or E after 6:15 p.m. Friday May 16 unless he has approval from the State Veterinarian and the Stewards or it is a documented emergency
  • ·        Pre-race blood samples will be drawn from all horses entered in all graded stakes races (TOBA requirement). Two blood specimens will be drawn as close to the race as practicable.  The racing commission will have an additional commission vet in the barn area for this purpose
  • ·        A Maryland Racing Commission representative will be present to observe a treatment being provided and collect any needles and syringes for testing

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Ria Antonia added to list of Preakness candidates

Posted on 06 May 2014 by WNST Staff

RIA ANTONIA ADDED TO LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR 139THPREAKNESS STAKES

Kentucky Derby Winner California Chrome Returns to Track Wednesday; Kid Cruz Set for Weekend Work; Social Inclusion on Schedule for ThursdayMorning Arrival

BALTIMORE , 05-06-14Ria Antonia, the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner, was added to the list of candidates for the 139th running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1) Tuesday morning.

 

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 trainer 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 following her distant sixth-place finish behind Untapable in the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs last Friday.

 

“She trained this morning with us for the first time,” said Amoss at his Churchill barn Tuesday morning. “She is going to have a light breeze Monday or Tuesday after which Mr. Paolucci and I will discuss the Preakness.”

 

Should Ria Antonia take on the boys, including Kentucky Derby (G1) champion California Chrome, she would attempt to become the sixth filly to capture the Preakness Stakes, joining Rachel Alexandra (2009), Nellie Morse (1924), Rhine Maiden (1915), Whimsical (1906) and Flocarline (1903).

 

Following Ria Antonia’s victory in the Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita last November, when she finished second by a nose but was placed first through the disqualification of She’s a Tiger, Paolucci announced his intention to point his filly to the 2014 Kentucky Derby.

 

After finishing fourth in her 2014 debut in the Rachel Alexandra (G3) at Fair Grounds on Feb. 22, when she was beaten by more than 14 lengths by Untapable, Ria Antonia was transferred from trainer Jeremiah Englehart to Baffert. She debuted for Baffert with a second-place finish behind Fashion Plate in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) on April 5. In the Kentucky Oaks, she loomed boldly while making a wide run on the turn into the homestretch before weakening through the stretch, finishing 15 ¼ lengths behind the victorious Untapable.

 

While Ria Antonia returned to the racetrack for the first time since her Oaks run Tuesday morning, Kentucky Derby (G1) winner California Chrome walked for 30 minutes at Barn 20 at Churchill Downs with exercise rider Willie Delgado on the shank.

 

Owned by breeders Steven Coburn and Perry Martin, California Chrome is scheduled to return to the trackWednesday morning around 7 o’clock for a jog.

 

Alan Sherman, son of trainer Art Sherman, is overseeing California Chrome’s Preakness preparations in Louisville before the colt heads to Baltimore next Monday or Wednesday.

 

“They are doing maintenance on the plane and it is a question of when it will be ready,” said Alan Sherman, whose shirt was sporting a new tear compliments of the Derby winner’s teeth.

 

The Shermans maintain a stable of 16-17 horses at Los Alamitos, but for Alan, being with one horse is no vacation.

 

“The last time I had only one horse was when we brought Ultra Blend here for the Breeders’ Cup in 2011,” Alan Sherman said of the filly that finished fourth to Royal Delta in the Ladies’ Classic (G1). “I was here about a week and a half. This is a little more stressful, but a good kind of stress. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

 

And the celebration of the colt’s 1 ¾-length victory has not dimmed, either.

 

“I keep my California Chrome hat on and everywhere we go people are congratulating us,” Delgado said. “Every time I watch a replay of the race, I still get goose bumps. It has not set in yet what he did. It’s unbelievable.”

 

In other Preakness news:

 

Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s Social Inclusion has recovered sufficiently from the bruise in his right front foot that had kept him out of a Gulfstream Park stakes Saturday to board a Pimlico-bound van Wednesday morning.

 

“We’re leaving tomorrow morning around 10 and get there early Thursday morning,” said Rontos Racing’s Ron Sanchez. “He’ll jog tomorrow before he leaves.”

 

Social Inclusion won his first two races by a combined 17 ½ lengths at Gulfstream Park before finishing third in the Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct on April 5.

 

Trainer Graham Motion will closely monitor the training of Ring Weekend this week before deciding the Tampa Bay Derby winner’s status for the Preakness.

 

“I think it’s going to depend on what kind of week he has and how he breezes on Saturday,” Motion saidTuesday morning.

 

Ring Weekend galloped 1 ½ miles Tuesday morning at Fair Hill Training Center, Motion’s home base in Elkton, Md.

 

The son of Tapit had been pointing for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill, only to be declared out of the first jewel of the Triple Crown on April 27 due to a fever.

 

“He had the fever for only two days, but it did cost him three or four days of training,” Motion said. “Obviously, everything would have to go very well in order to do it (run in the Preakness). He can’t afford to have a bump in the road.”

Motion reported that Alan Garcia would be the choice to ride Ring Weekend, the Tampa Bay Derby winner, should he run.

 

Kid Cruz, the decisive winner of the Federico Tesio Stakes on April 19 at Pimlico, will have an easy breeze this weekend at Belmont Park – his final timed worked before the Preakness.

 

Trainer Linda Rice said Tuesday that she has not decided who will ride the Lemon Drop Kid colt in the Preakness or when he will be shipped from New York to Baltimore. Maryland-based jockey Julian Pimentel was aboard for Kid Cruz’s victories in the Private Terms at Laurel Race Course March 8 and the Tesio.

 

Kid Cruz, owned by Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds and Black Swan Stable, took the 1 1/8-mile Private Terms by four lengths and the 1-1/16-mile Tesio by 3 ½ lengths.

 

“He made a last-to-first move in the first one and then had a nice closing kick in the second one,” Rice said. “It doesn’t look like he’s going to have any trouble with the distance of the Preakness and I believe that the Belmont would suit him just fine as well.”

 

Kid Cruz was named after New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz.

 

Kaleem Shah’s Bayern came out of a Monday work of :58.20 for five furlongs at Churchill Downs in good order, according Baffert’s assistant trainer Jim Barnes.

 

Bayern, who was disqualified from a victory in the Derby Trial (G3) on April 26 at Churchill Downs for interference in the stretch, walked the shedrow Tuesday morning.

 

John Oxley’s Illinois Derby (G3) winner Dynamic Impact galloped 1 ½ miles Tuesday morning over a fast track before the renovation break at Churchill Downs with exercise rider Marco Cano aboard for trainer Mark Casse.

 

Dynamic Impact will bring a two-race win streak to Pimlico, having broken his maiden at Oaklawn Park prior to his Illinois Derby victory.

 

“We have to give credit to David Adams and the crew that had him at Oaklawn this winter,” assistant trainer Norman Casse said. “We had him here last summer and fall. He was highly regarded, but just not winning. He got to Oaklawn, he had matured and something just clicked.”

 

Daniel Dougherty’s Ride On Curlin walked the shedrow for 30 minutes with trainer Billy Gowan handling the first half of the activity and groom Bridget Lambert the remainder as Gowan accompanied another horse to the track at Churchill Downs.

 

Gowan’s phone was plenty busy Monday when the news broke he was replacing Calvin Borel as the jockey on Ride On Curlin following the colt’s seventh-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

“I had a lot of agents call,” said Gowan, who chose Joel Rosario to pilot Ride On Curlin in the Preakness. “I thought he would be the best choice. He never has ridden for me and I don’t even know him, but he is the top rider in the country right now.”

 

Ride On Curlin is scheduled to return to the track Wednesday morning with an easy mile gallop slated as the day’s activity.

 

Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor and trainer Wesley Ward’s Pablo Del Monte, who was scratched from the Kentucky Derby to wait for the Preakness, is scheduled to fly to Baltimore on Wednesday May 14.

 

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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Derby champion California Chrome has Pimlico connections

Posted on 05 May 2014 by WNST Staff

PREAKNESS A JOYOUS HOMECOMING FOR CALIFORNIA CHROME’S EXERCISE RIDER

Willie Delgado Set for Return to Roots With Kentucky Derby Winner; Dynamic Impact Arrives Wednesday; Rosario Named on Ride On Curlin

BALTIMORE, 05-05-14—The 139th running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course on May 17 will provide a joyous homecoming for Willie Delgado, the exercise rider of Kentucky Derby (G1) winner California Chrome.

Delgado was trying to grind out a living in Maryland last August while training a small string and exercising horses for another stable when he decided that he needed a vacation.

 

The 46-year-old former jockey ventured to Southern California to visit his brother, Alberto, a longtime Maryland jockey who was riding at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. At the encouragement of his brother, who has ridden more than 2,900 winners, Delgado returned to Maryland to wrap up his business and returned to Southern California in September.

 

“I had a bunch of bad horses. I was galloping for Dove Houghton and training my own. It just never peaked for me with training,” Delgado said Monday morning at Churchill Downs. “I just went back to what I do best – which is galloping horses.”

A couple months after his move to the Southern California circuit, Delgado went to work as an exercise rider for trainer Art Sherman at Hollywood Park upon the recommendation of his brother. He subsequently got the morning call aboard a California-bred 2-year-old whom his brother had ridden to victory in a maiden race at Hollywood Park last May and the Graduation Stakes at Del Mar in late July.

 

“I said, ‘Wow! It’s true what my brother says,” said Delgado, recalling the first time he galloped California Chrome. “My brother said he could run.”

 

About five months later, California Chrome showed the whole world just how much he could run when he captured last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs for Sherman, breeders/owners Steve Coburn and Perry Martin and jockey Victor Espinoza.

 

Delgado and Sherman’s son and assistant trainer Alan watched the Derby trackside, cheering on California Chrome and ending up several paths from the outside rail by the time the flashy chestnut colt crossed the finish line 1 ¾ lengths ahead of runner-up Commanding Curve.

 

“I have friends ask me, ‘How does it feel?’ I say, ‘I’ll tell you what, when my daughter was born, it’s right there with that,’” Delgado said. “I’d say it’s a dead heat. It was the most exciting feeling I’ve had when I saw my daughter born. This was just about the same.”

 

Delgado is looking forward to reuniting with his 6-year-old daughter, Savannah, who lives with her mother in Maryland, and celebrating the Derby victory when he arrives at Pimlico Race Course with California Chrome.

 

“As soon as the horse crossed the wire, the first text I got was from her. “It said, “Daddy, I can’t believe you won the Kentucky Derby. I’m so proud of you.’ That’s when I started crying,’” said Delgado, whose father, Alberto Ramos, was a prominent rider on the New England circuit before his retirement in 1995 and whose younger brother, Gilberto Delgado, is currently riding in the Mid-Atlantic region.

 

California Chrome will be returning to his roots, as well. The son of California stallion Lucky Pulpit is out of the Maryland-bred mare, Love the Chase. He will arrive in Maryland no worse from the wear of overwhelming 18 rivals over 1¼ miles Saturday at Churchill.

 

“When I pulled him out of his stall this morning, he never walked like that. He was dragging me around,” said Delgado of California Chrome’s Monday morning exercise. “He was shaking his head like he hadn’t run yet.”

California Chrome has thrived during his five-race winning streak, his exercise rider said.

 

“It’s his power, his demeanor – his power, the way he does things,” Delgado said. “With every race, he’s gotten stronger and stronger.”

 

California Chrome is scheduled to return to the Churchill Downs track for a jog on Wednesday, reported Alan Sherman, whose father returned to Southern California Monday and will reunite with his Derby winner in Baltimore next week. Travel plans have not been finalized for California Chrome. He could arrive next Monday, May 12 or Wednesday, May 14.

 

In other Preakness news:

 

The recent trend of Preakness candidates shipping to Pimlico shortly after the Kentucky Derby will continue this year with Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s Social Inclusion arriving on Thursday. John Oxley’s Dynamic Impact is scheduled to arrive next Wednesday.

 

In 2012, trainer Doug O’Neill sent I’ll Have Another to Baltimore less than 48 hours after his Derby victory. O’Neill followed suit with Goldencents last year.

 

Dynamic Impact galloped before the morning renovation break at Churchill Downs with exercise rider Marco Cano up for trainer Mark Casse. Winner of the Illinois Derby (G3) in his most recent start, Dynamic Impact worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 on Saturday morning at Churchill Downs. Casse said that jockey Miguel Mena will retain the mount for the Preakness.

 

Kaleem Shah’s Bayern, working in company with two-time graded stakes-winning  filly Awesome Baby, drilled five furlongs in 58.20 seconds over a fast Churchill Downs racing surface after Monday morning’s renovation break.

 

Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Rosie Napravnik, Bayern started two lengths behind and outside of Awesome Baby, who was ridden by Joe Rocco Jr.  Bayern drew to within a length on the turn and finished three lengths in front while posting the fastest move of 19 at the distance for the morning. Fractions were :23 and :34.40 and a six-furlong gallop out was timed in 1:13.40.

 

Bayern finished first in the Derby Trial (G3) on April 26 at Churchill Downs but was disqualified and placed second behind Embellishing Bob for interference in the stretch. Napravnik received a three-day suspension that she is serving this week.

 

West Point Thoroughbreds is part of the ownership of Ring Weekend, a Preakness possible trained by Graham Motion.

 

“I don’t know about any other horses; I’m just training my horse,” Stewart said. “My horse came out of the race good. But it’s tough coming back in two weeks and there are a lot of other races out there.”

 

Joel Rosario, who finished 11th in the Kentucky Derby aboard General a Rod, will have the Preakness mount aboard Daniel Dougherty’s Ride On Curlin.

 

Trainer Billy Gowan was not happy with the ride Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel gave the colt during his seventh-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. Ride On Curlin broke from the No. 19 post and dropped back to last as Borel took the colt straight to the rail.

 

“I told him before the race that he had three-eighths of a mile to work his way over,” Gowan said.

 

Gowan said Ride On Curlin is doing well and would return to the track Wednesday.

 

“He was not tired at all after the Derby. He only ran three-eighths of a mile,” Gowan said. “He was more tired after his seven-eighths work last Sunday.”

 

Dougherty echoed his trainer’s thoughts.

 

“I walked back with him after the Arkansas Derby (G1) and he was tired,” Dougherty said of the runner-up effort. “He wasn’t tired Saturday.”

 

Even though his Derby dream was dashed, Dougherty was able to find one positive going forward with Ride On Curlin.

 

“It is only two weeks (to the Preakness) and you don’t want to leave it all out there on the track,” Dougherty said.

 

Also headed to the Preakness is speedy Pablo Del Monte, the third-place finisher in the Blue Grass Stakes (G1).

 

Ward decided to scratch out the Derby rather than have Pablo Del Monte start from the outside in a 20-horse field.  After the Giant’s Causeway colt worked six furlongs in 1:10.80 Sunday, Ward said he could have been a contender in the Derby.

 

“The way race played out with soft fractions for a Derby and a slow final time, I really think I would have had a great chance to be at least second,” Ward said. “I was speaking to my good friend Paul Shanahan and I told him just that. He said, ‘Listen Wesley, nobody remembers who was second. If you really feel that way and the horse worked as good as he did, maybe we can win the Preakness and that will be forever.’”

 

Linda Rice-trained Kid Cruz, the winner of the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park and the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico in his last two starts, is scheduled to compete in the Preakness. The 3-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid was claimed from the Black Swan Stable by Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds for $50,000 at Aqueduct in November. Black Swan later bought back into the Kentucky-bred colt.

 

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said that Robert Baker and William Mack’s Hopeful (G1) winner Strong Mandate will not run in the Preakness.

 

“He’s not going,” said Lukas, who won his sixth Preakness last May with Oxbow. “I am going to wait until Saratoga.”

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Legendary rapper Nas added to Preakness infield concert lineup

Posted on 29 April 2014 by WNST Staff

HIP-HOP ICON NAS AND DJ’s FRANK WALKER & GLENN MORRISON ADDED TO MAIN STAGE LINEUP AT PREAKNESS INFIELDFEST

BALTIMORE, 04-29-14—The Maryland Jockey Club today announced that legendary hip-hop artist Nas and DJ’s Frank Walker and Glenn Morrison will perform on the main stage at 2014 Preakness InfieldFest on Saturday, May 17 at Pimlico Race Course.

 

With 11 Grammy nominations, seven platinum albums and Top 5 rankings on MTV’s 10 Greatest MCs and The Source’s Top 50 Lyricists of All Time, Nas is one of the top rappers in music history. His debut album, “Illmatic”, released in 1994, received universal acclaim from both critics and the hip-hop community. The 20th anniversary reissue of the album, which features a bonus disc containing rare remixes, demos and freestyles, has already climbed back to #1 on the charts. Nas has six number 1 albums on the Billboard 200, tying him with Eminem and Kanye West for second all-time among rappers. Additional information can be found at http://www.nasirjones.com/.

 

“Nas’ credibility and appeal as a superstar artist speaks to a broad range of devoted and loyal fans,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “As he marks the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, one of hip-hop’s greatest albums, Nas continues to captivate audiences with his unique and personal style. We are thrilled to welcome him to InfieldFest.”

 

Walker and Morrison will open the main stage with a burst of music’s most rapidly growing genre, EDM.

 

Morrison is the archetype of the modern DJ/producer. He is signed to Sony Records and Universal Music Group and has produced and/or remixed for legendary bands and acts such as Queen, Seal, the Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Cher, Moby and Imagine Dragons. The latest single from the multi-talented Morrison, ‘Goodbye’ has been certified platinum and was #1 on the Billboard Charts for 12 weeks in a row, as well as peaking at #2 on the iTunes dance chart.  Additional information can be found at http://www.glennmorrison.com/.

 

In less than two years, Walker has become one of electronic dance music’s most exciting new talents. He is part of the new breed of musicians learning how to write and produce his own material that is a welcomed compliment to the ever-changing world of dance music. Walker’s eclectic mix of arena style house music and affinity for melody, together with a good ear for what works on the dance floor, deliver a true musical artistry. Additional information can be found athttp://www.frankwalkermusic.com.

 

“We saw last year just how much our fans loved EDM with Afrojack’s performance,” added Chuckas. “It is a good fit for our InfieldFest party and Morrison and Walker are two of its fastest rising stars.”

 

Grammy winner Lorde will headline the main stage in the public infield at Preakness InfieldFest. Switchfoot, Eli Young Band, Sundy Best and Go Go Gadjet will perform on the Jägermeister stage.

 

Infield tickets are $60, with a MUG Club package of $80 through April. Prices increase to $70 (Infield Ticket) and $90 (MUG Club) on Thursday, May 1. Seating information and ticket reservations are available at www.preakness.com. Tickets can be bought by calling the Preakness sales office (877-206-8042) or by logging onto http://www.ticketfly.com/event/380219-preakness-infieldfest-baltimore/.

 

Counting Crows, The Fray and Annie Bosko will provide entertainment at Pimlico on Black-Eyed Susan Day Friday, May 16. Additional information can be found at www.blackeyedsusanday.com.

 

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

 

The Preakness Concert Series kicks off with The Bridge performing at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Saturday, May 10. Tickets are $25 and are available at http://www.ramsheadlive.com/event/543891.

 

Blonde Marketing, an independent event management and production company, booked The Bridge and has also booked and produced the Jägermeister stage bands and activities since its inception in 2009.

 

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.

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Legendary Maryland horse trainer Small dies at 68

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC WINNING TRAINER DICKIE SMALL PASSES

BALTIMORE, 04-05-14—Prominent Maryland trainer Richard (Dickie) Small, who conditioned 1994 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Concern, died late Friday night after a battle with cancer. He was 68 years old.

Born in Baltimore on December 2, 1945, Small attended the Gilman School, played lacrosse at the University of Delaware and served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War as a Green Beret before launching his training career in 1974.

He finished his career with 1,199 wins with earnings of $38.9 million, according to Equibase: http://www.equibase.com/profiles/Results.cfm?type=People&searchType=T&eID=25701

“Dickie was the consummate horsemen,” said Maryland Jockey Club stakes coordinator Coley Blind, a friend of Small for more than 40 years. “Horses came first. He put everything into the horses. He knew everything about his horse right down to the pimples. He was a good man and very easy to deal with from the racing office perspective.”

“I had a conversation with Dickie last week via text and he spoke of looking forward to us catching up in the spring,” jockey Rosie Napravnik said. “He stayed so positive all the way to the end and I admire him for that and in so many other ways. Dickie was a great horsemen and a great man. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had him in my life.”

Small won 36 graded stakes during his career, including Grade 1 scores by Caesar’s Wish, Broad Brush and Concern.

Small considered Caesar’s Wish the best horse he ever trained. The Maryland-bred won five stakes as a 2-year-old, had four added money victories at three, including the Black-Eyed Susan (G2) and Mother Goose (G1), where she broke Ruffian’s record.

Broad Brush, who retired at age four in 1987 as Maryland’s all-time money winner, was Small’s next star. The son of Ack Ack finished in the money in 24-of-27 career starts and earned nearly $2.7 million for owner-breeder Robert Meyerhoff. As a three-year-old Broad Brush won the Wood Memorial (G1) and finished third in both the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1). He came back the next year with two G1 victories: the Santa Anita and Suburban Handicaps.

“The best stories about Dickie involved Broad Brush when he would take him for a ride in the van before races to get him to relax,” added Blind. “He just drove him around the Beltway and brought him back to the barn and the horse performed.”

Broad Brush’s son Concern won the 1994 Arkansas Derby (G2) and finished third in the Preakness (G1) but peaked later that season, capturing the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs beating Tabasco Cat by a neck at the wire at odds of 7-1. He finished in the money in all 14 starts that year with earnings exceeding $2.5 million.

Small, who also conditioned multiple graded winners Tactile and Valley Crossing, won a stakes race in Maryland every year but one from 1974-2013.

“That is an amazing statistic,” Blind said. “I remember the year he didn’t do it (2003). He was so disappointed that the streak was broken.”

Small was known for helping launch the careers of female riders such as Andrea Seefeldt, Jerilyn Brown, Rosie Napravnik and Forest Boyce.

“As far as I’m concerned, the Dickie Small School of Racing is one of the best in the country,” Blind said. “For as gruff as Dickie could be, especially when he was younger, he had a knack of working well with female riders. Dickie knew what to look for in horses and people. He was a great teacher.”

Small’s father, Doug, and uncle, Sid Watters, were both well-known Maryland trainers.

Services for Small are still pending as of Saturday morning, according to his assistant Dylan Smith.

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Switchfoot, Eli Young Band added to Preakness concert lineup

Posted on 21 March 2014 by WNST Staff

SWITCHFOOT, ELI YOUNG BAND, SUNDY BEST & GO GO GADJET ADDED TO PREAKNESS INFIELD CONCERT LINEUP

Bands Will Play On Jägermeister Stage May 17 At Pimlico Race Course

BALTIMORE, 03-21-14—The Maryland Jockey Club today announced Switchfoot, Eli Young Band, Sundy Best and Go Go Gadjet will perform on the Jägermeister stage on Saturday, May 17 at Pimlico Race Course, prior to the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1).

Last month it was revealed that Grammy Award winner Lorde will headline the main stage on Preakness Day. The additional main stage performers will be announced shortly.

The “Preakness Concert Series” also includes performances by Counting Crows, The Fray and Annie Bosko in the infield on Black-Eyed Susan Day, Friday, May 16.

The Jägermeister stage is a big part of what we do on Preakness Day,” Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas said.“Florida Georgia Line and Little Big Town have performed the last two years and each earned multiple awards that same year, so we are striving to bring the best bands to Baltimore.”

Acclaimed San Diego rock band Switchfoot has seen multi-platinum success over its 17-year career, with 5.5 million albums sold, a GRAMMY, multiple world tours and no sign of slowing down. After releasing their first feature film, Fading West, in December and a brand new album of the same name that debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200, Switchfoot continues to build a global fan base devoted to their emotionally intelligent and uplifting brand of rock. Additional information on the band can be found athttp://www.switchfoot.com/.

Eli Young Band has charted eight times on the Billboard country charts with three of their singles reaching number one: “Crazy Girl” (2011), “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (2012) and “Drunk Last Night” (2013).  The band has been nominated for more than twenty awards, winning Song of the Year and Breakthrough Artist in 2011. The band’s fifth studio album 10,000 Towns was released earlier this month. Additional information on the band can be found at http://eliyoungband.com/.

Sundy Best blends country, bluegrass and rhythm and blues. The band’s video “Home” was a fixture in the Top 5 on Country Music Television (CMT) last year. The duo recently played at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville for the first time and their album Bring Up The Sun debuted at #11 on Billboard Magazine Top Country Album chart earlier this month. Additional information on the band can be found at http://www.sundybest.net/home/.

Go Go Gadjet, one of the East Coast’s most popular cover bands, will open the Jägermeister stage. The band has performed in 11 states since 2005. Additional information on the band can be found at http://www.gogogadjet.com/.

Blonde Marketing, an independent event management and production company, has booked and produced the Jägermeister stage bands and activities since its inception in 2009.

The annual running of the Preakness 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 fans for the pivotal middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown at famed Pimlico.

Jägermeister, an herbal liqueur made from 56 herbs, roots, blooms and fruits, is the number one selling imported shot brand in the United States and the eighth largest premium spirit in the world.

“Longtime supporter and friend, Jägermeister is proud to present a legendary infield experience at this year’s Preakness,” said Kate Laufer, director of public relations for The Sidney Frank Importing Company. “Visit the epic dome bar for ice cold shots ofJägermeister, a taste of the newly introduced Jägermeister spice and a live show from the Jägermeister presents stage!”

Infield tickets are $60, with a MUG Club package of $80 through April. Prices increase to $70 (Infield Ticket) and $90 (MUG Club) on May 1.

Seating information and ticket reservations are available at www.preakness.com. Tickets can be bought by calling the Preakness sales office (877-206-8042) or by logging onto http://www.ticketfly.com/event/380219-preakness-infieldfest-baltimore/.

Additional information can be found on www.facebook.com/InfieldFest and https://twitter.com/PreaknessStakes.

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Trainer bonus added to Preakness weekend purse

Posted on 18 February 2014 by WNST Staff

PIMLICO STAKES SCHEDULE WORTH NEARLY $4.7 MILLION DURING 35-DAY SPRING MEETING

$100,000 Trainer Bonus Added To Preakness Weekend

BALTIMORE, 02-18-14—The Maryland Racing Commission approved the 2014 Pimlico Race Course spring stakes schedule at its monthly meeting this afternoon. The headline event of the 10-week meeting is the 139th running of the $1.5 million Preakness® Stakes (G1), the middle jewel of horse racing’s famed Triple Crown, on May 17.

The marquee meet of the Maryland racing season will feature 25 stakes races for purses totaling $4,680,000. The Preakness day undercard features eight other stakes races, including three graded races. The May 16 card features eight stakes races, highlighted by the $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) and the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3).

In addition, Pimlico will debut a $100,000 trainer bonus on Preakness weekend. Trainers will earn points based on finishes in 15 stakes races May 16-17.

·        May 16—Black-Eyed Susan (G2), Pimlico Special (G3), Miss Preakness, Jim McKay Turf Sprint, Hilltop, Skipat, Rollicking

·        May 17—Preakness (G1), Dixie (G2), Maryland Sprint (G3), Gallorette (G3), Chick Lang, James Murphy, Sir Barton, The Very One

Trainers will receive points for finishing first (10 points), second (7), third (5), fourth (3) and starting a horse (1 point) in each race. The winner will earn $50,000. Other prize money: $25,000 (second), $12,000 (third), $7,000 (fourth), $4,000 (fifth) and $2,000 (sixth). Trainers must have started five horses in the stakes combined to be eligible.

“It is extremely competitive during the Triple Crown season with so many high profile races,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “We are working hard to increase the profile of Preakness weekend. We hope adding the trainer bonus will lead to larger fields and more wagering.”

The other modifications to the 2014 stakes schedule are:

·        $100,000 purse increase to the Dixie Stakes (G2) from $300,000 to $400,000 and changing the distance from 1 1/8 to 1 1/16

·        Not carding the Allaire duPont Stakes (G3) for fillies and mares on Preakness day

·        Increase purses of Dahlia, Twixt, Tesio, Henry Clark, Primonetta, Stormy Blues and Shine Again Stakes from $75,000 to $100,000

·        Changing the name of the Canonero II Stakes to the Sir Barton Stakes, increasing the purse from $75,000 to $100,000, altering the condition to non-winners of a sweepstakes and moving the race from early June to Preakness day

·        The winners of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) and Miss Preakness Stakes on May 16 will receive a breeding season to Awesome Again and Ghostzapper, respectively, courtesy of Adena Springs

The Pimlico spring stand will begin April 3 with live racing taking place four days a week on a Thursday through Sundayschedule prior to Preakness and then Friday, Saturday and Sunday (plus Memorial Day). The 35-day meet will end on June 7, Belmont Stakes day.

Pimlico Spring Meeting Live Racing Schedule

April 3-4-5-6

April 10-11-12-13

April 17-18-19 (no racing Easter Sunday)

April 24-25-26-27

May 1-2-3-4

May 8-9-10-11

May 15-16-17

May 23-24-25-26

May 30-31-June 1

June 6-7

The Pimlico stable area will be open for training, beginning Monday, March 17.

The current Laurel Park winter meeting will conclude its 13-week run on Saturday, March 29.

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Lorde to headline Preakness infield concert

Posted on 06 February 2014 by WNST Staff

GRAMMY WINNER LORDE TO HEADLINE 2014 INFIELDFEST CONCERT ON PREAKNESS DAY

Lorde To Make Her First Maryland Appearance At Pimlico

BALTIMORE, 02-06-14—The Maryland Jockey Club today announced that double Grammy Award winner Lorde will headline the 2014 Preakness InfieldFest concert. The 17-year-old superstar will play an extended set on the main stage Saturday, May 17at Pimlico Race Course when the Maryland Jockey Club, North America’s oldest sporting organization, hosts the 139th renewal of the Preakness® Stakes.

The annual running of the Preakness 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 at famed Pimlico.

Lorde earned Grammy Awards last month for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for her #1 single “Royals” and received nominations for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for her debut album, Pure Heroine, which was released in September 2013 to commercial success and critical acclaim. The New Zealand native was one of fourteen artists selected to perform at the Grammy Awards and appeared on the cover of the January issue of Rolling Stone. Additional information can be found at http://lorde.co.nz/, https://twitter.com/lordemusic and https://www.facebook.com/lordemusic.

“Preakness InfieldFest enters its sixth year, now positioned as the region’s biggest, best and most unique party with first-class music and top-notch racing throughout the day,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “Lorde’s popularity is rising at a staggering rate from radio spins to social media to online plays and views. Her appeal cuts across multiple fan demographics and reflects the cutting edge talent fans have come to expect at InfieldFest. She is an extraordinarily talented artist and we look forward to welcoming her to Preakness InfieldFest.”

In addition to the main stage, Preakness InfieldFest will feature live music from top acts on a second stage, presented byJägermeister, and a variety of other activities. The Jägermeister stage acts and the other main stage performers will be announced at a later date.

Renowned independent promotion and production company, I.M.P., of 9:30 Club and Merriweather Post Pavilion fame, has booked and produced the InfieldFest main stage since its inception in 2009. Additional information can be found on http://www.930.com/.

Grammy winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (2013), Maroon 5 (2012), Bruno Mars (2011), Train (2011) and Zac Brown (2010) have performed on the main stage in previous years as well as Pitbull (2013), Wiz Khalifa (2012), O.A.R. (2010), Buckcherry (2009) and Hall of Famers ZZ Top (2009): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwYGJ7MCw4s.

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Preakness purse raised to $1.5 million starting in 2014

Posted on 12 December 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, 12-12-13—The Maryland Jockey Club today announced it has increased the purse for the Preakness Stakes (G1) from $1 million to $1.5 million. The middle jewel of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown is Saturday, May 17 at historic Pimlico Race Course.

It is the first increase for the 1 3/16-mile classic since the purse was raised to $1 million guaranteed in 1998. Throughout the years, the Preakness purse has been among the highest in American racing.

“The Preakness Stakes is the centerpiece of a terrific stakes program that weekend,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “Seventeen of the twenty-six races on Preakness and Black-Eyed Susan days are stakes. With this increase the total value of our stakes program over the two-day period is nearly $4 million.”

The May 16 card on Preakness eve features eight added-money races, headlined by the $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) and the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3).

The Preakness undercard features eight stakes races, including the $300,000 Dixie Stakes (G2) and three $150,000 G3 stakes: the Maryland Sprint Handicap, the Gallorette Handicap and Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes.

“I support the move,” said Maryland Racing Commission chairman Bruce Quade. “It is another step in bringing Maryland racing back to a preeminent spot in the racing landscape.”

At its inauguration in 1873, the Preakness carried a value of $1,000. The first major increase occurred in 1919 when the race had a $25,000 value. It climbed to $100,000 in 1946 and in 1959 was raised to $150,000, the highest among Triple Crown races.

From 1979 to 1989, the purse rose four times from $200,000 to $500,000, before attaining its present status of $1 million.

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MJC announces 2014 Preakness logo

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MJC announces 2014 Preakness logo

Posted on 29 October 2013 by WNST Staff

MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB UNVEILS 2014 PREAKNESS LOGO

BALTIMORE, 10-29-13—The Maryland Jockey Club today unveiled the 2014 Preakness logo for the 139th running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (G1). The middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown will take place May 17 at Pimlico Race Course.

For the 15th consecutive year, the Leffler Agency designed the official Preakness logo. The agency’s creative branding division, BrandNU Marketing™, created the logo under the design guidance of senior art director Jeffrey Sewell.

In the 2014 logo, the race is well underway as three horses gallop over the word Preakness (in the logo). Stylized horses and  jockeys seem to zoom in from thin-air giving a sense of movement to the illustration. A nod is given to Maryland as the state flag colors of red, black and gold are boldly used. Fresh and fun, the logo attempts to capture the race excitement that is unmistakably the Preakness.

“Creating the Preakness logo is an annual tradition for our design department at Leffler Agency and BrandNU Marketing,” stated agency president/owner Bob Leffler. “We have had the honor of creating this national branding mark ever since 2000. This year’s logo is all about the speed and excitement of the race.”

The annual running of the Preakness is a classic 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.

Tickets for Preakness 139 have been on sale since Oct. 1 and can be purchased by calling the Preakness ticket office (877-206-8042) or by logging onto www.ticketfly.com.

Preakness InfieldFest is a multi-entertainment festival featuring national headlining artists on two stages, the popular MUG Club and unique attractions throughout the day to give fans an unparalleled entertainment experience, featuring 13 exciting races, headlined by the Preakness Stakes. Just as in previous years, there will be tiers of pricing, based on calendar days, for Infield and MUG Club tickets. The first price increase takes place Friday, Nov. 1:

October               Nov & Dec           Jan-Apr 2014                   May 2014

General Infield              $40                   $50                   $60                               $70

MUG Club                     $60                   $70                   $80                               $90

Seating information and ticket reservation forms for Preakness 139 can be found at http://www.preakness.com/tickets.

About Pimlico Race Course

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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