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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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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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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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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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Laurel Park fall meet stakes schedule approved

Posted on 16 July 2013 by WNST Staff

LAUREL PARK FALL MEET STAKES SCHEDULE APPROVED

LAUREL, MD. 07-16-13—The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled the 2013 Laurel Park fall schedule today after reaching agreement with both the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Horse Breeders Association. The schedule was approved by the Maryland Racing Commission earlier this afternoon at its monthly meeting.

After a 14-week break, which will include ten live days of racing at Timonium during the State Fair in late August and early September, live racing will resume at the major tracks after Labor Day. Racing will take place four days a week through the end of the year on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule, holidays excluded.

The 59-day fall meeting, which begins September 19 and concludes December 31, includes 31 stakes races, worth more than $3.3 million.

Headlining the stand will be the 28th running of the Jim McKay Maryland Million Day for the offspring of Maryland-based stallions on Saturday, Oct. 19 and the Fall Festival of Racing on Saturday, Sept. 21. That card will feature five stakes races on the turf as well as the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash and the Jameela Stakes for Maryland-breds.

“All of the stakes races will occur on six Saturday afternoons, which we feel will help our profile on the simulcast signal,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas.  “Kicking off the meet on opening weekend with five turf stakes and the De Francis Dash will get us off to a great start.”

The stakes races will take place on September 21 (seven stakes), October 19 (nine), November 9 (four), November 16 (four),December 7 (four) and December 28 (three).

Maryland Million officials have eliminated two stakes races from the program (Turf Sprint and Oaks) but will still run 11 races on the card, replacing those with a pair of $50,000 maiden races on the turf. In addition, the purses of the Turf and Ladies have been increased from $100,000 to $125,000.

Laurel Park Fall Meeting Dates:

  • ·        September 19-20-21
  • ·        September 25-26-27-28
  • ·        October 2-3-4-5
  • ·        October 9-10-11-12
  • ·        October 14-17-18-19
  • ·        October 23-24-25-26
  • ·        October 30-31-November 1-2
  • ·        November 6-7-8-9
  • ·        November 13-14-15-16
  • ·        November 20-21-22-23
  • ·        November 27-28-29-30
  • ·        December 4-5-6-7
  • ·        December 11-12-13-14
  • ·        December 18-19-20-21
  • ·        December 26-27-28
  • ·        December 31

 

About Laurel Park

Laurel Park 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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