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California Chrome gets first work since winning Kentucky Derby

Posted on 07 May 2014 by WNST Staff

CALIFORNIA CHROME ON TRACK FOR PREAKNESS STAKES

Social Inclusion Boards Pimlico-Bound Van; Pimentel Has Preakness Mount on Kid Cruz

BALTIMORE, 05-07-14California Chrome, the early favorite for the 139th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, returned to the racetrack during training hours at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning.

California Chrome was accompanied by exercise rider Willie Delgado and Alan Sherman, the son and assistant of trainer Art Sherman, on his way to the racetrack for the first time since winning last Saturday’s 140th running of the Kentucky Derby (G1).

Owned by his breeders Steven Coburn and Perry Martin, California Chrome paused before reaching the five-furlong gap, taking a couple of minutes to check out the activity before going onto the track. California Chrome stood in front of the clockers’ stand briefly and then jogged one mile.

“Good. Good. Really super,” said Delgado, a former jockey, trainer and exercise rider on the Maryland circuit. “He went out there like he always does. He is his normal self.”

Alan Sherman was similarly delighted.

“It went really good,” Sherman said. “He wanted to train; he was tired of walking.”

Sherman said California Chrome would resume galloping Thursday and maintain that schedule for as long as the California-bred colt remains at Churchill Downs.

“I still haven’t heard about the plane; whether we will go to Pimlico Monday or Wednesday,” Sherman said. “I’d preferMonday. The key now is to keep him happy.”

While California Chrome’s travel plans hadn’t been firmed up, Preakness candidate Social Inclusion hit the road for PimlicoWednesday morning.

The Wood Memorial (G1) third-place finisher boarded a Pimlico-bound van at Gulfstream Park at approximately 10:30 a.m.after returning to the racetrack for the first time since being scratched from Saturday’s Sir Bear Stakes with a bruise in his right front foot. The son of Pioneerof the Nile jogged to the satisfaction of trainer Manny Azpurua and Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s Ron Sanchez.

“We’re all set and excited,” Sanchez said. “I was a little concerned Saturday with the bruise, then I was happy (Tuesday) and today I’m excited. He went out jogging today and everything was great. Manny and his guys did a great job.”

Social Inclusion was accompanied on the van by Rontos Racing’s Hey Leroy, the Appleton (G3) winner who is being pointed to the $400,000 Dixie (G2) on Preakness Day.

Plans call for Social Inclusion to walk Thursday morning after his scheduled early-morning arrival at Pimlico, gallop Friday,Saturday and Sunday and breeze on Monday.

Luis Contreras, who rode Social Inclusion in a pair of dazzling victories at Gulfstream and his show performance in the Wood, has the call for the Preakness.

Veteran Maryland jockey Julian Pimentel has retained the mount on Kid Cruz for the 139th Preakness.

Pimentel, 33, a regular in Maryland since the summer of 2006, rode Kid Cruz to victories in the Private Terms on March 8 at Laurel and the Federico Tesio on April 19 at Pimlico. Through Tuesday, Pimentel has 1,298 victories. He is the regular rider for the top turf sprinter Ben’s Cat, owned and trained by King Leatherbury. Pimentel is 17-for-27 on Ben’s Cat and they are scheduled to try for a repeat win in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint on May 16.

Kid Cruz, a son of Lemon Drop Kid, has three wins and a second in five career starts. Trainer Linda Rice claimed the colt for Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds out of his second start on Nov. 22. He finished second in an Aqueduct allowance race in January, won the two Maryland stakes and is scheduled to try graded company for the first time in the Preakness.

“He did get a race over the course down there, handled it well,” Rice said. “It’s going to be a big step up in company to run against the Derby horses, particularly California Chrome. It’s a big jump up in competition, but we are hopeful.”

Following the Private Terms, Rice entered Kid Cruz in the Wood Memorial (G1) on April 5 but opted to scratch out of New York’s Kentucky Derby prep.

“I put him in the Wood with the idea that if he did run well it still kept the door open for the Derby because he did not have any points to get into the Derby,” she said. “But he has had a bit of an issue with his right front shoulder with what I believe is a pinched nerve at the base of his neck. So we were treating him for that. He came up a little sore after his breeze into the Wood and I decided to wait and give it some time, so I wasn’t able to run him in the Wood.”

In the Tesio, Kid Cruz came four-wide from off the pace to post an emphatic 3 ½-length victory.

 

In other Preakness News:

Christopher Dunn and Loooch Racing Stable’s Ria Antonia galloped 1 ½ miles at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning with Maurice Sanchez aboard for trainer Tom Amoss.

Sixth in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) last Friday, Ria Antonia is scheduled for a light breeze Monday.

The filly was transferred from Bob Baffert to Amoss on Monday. Amoss trains a string of horses for Ron Paolucci (Loooch Racing), and Paolucci has stated that he wants a Midwest campaign for last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner that includes a shot at the Ohio Derby (G3).

Amoss told the Louisville Courier-Journal that Ria Antonia’s Preakness status would be firmed up early next week.

“A decision will be made on Tuesday whether or not we’re going to do that – that will involve how she trains, how she works and how she comes out of her work,” Amoss said. “If the decision is made to go on to the Preakness, it will be a decision that I also stand behind. I’m willing to take that responsibility, because I would not run a horse unless I thought we had a shot to win,” he added. “People who know me and know my reputation, know that’s the way I operate. I can assure you either I’m going to be for it and we’ll do it, or we’re not going to do it.”

Kaleem Shah’s Bayern returned to the track at Churchill Downs on a mild and clear morning to jog a mile under exercise rider Jorge Alvarez for trainer Bob Baffert.

Bayern, who was disqualified from first in the April 26 Derby Trial (G3) for interference in deep stretch, had worked a bullet five-eighths in 58.20 seconds on Monday under jockey Rosie Napravnik.

Jim Barnes, who is overseeing Baffert’s Churchill Downs string, said Bayern would resume galloping Thursday and work againon Monday.

“That is our usual routine to work five days out and then ship on Wednesday,” Barnes said.

John Oxley’s Dynamic Impact, winner of the Illinois Derby (G3) in his stakes debut in his most recent start, galloped 1 ½ miles under Marco Cano for trainer Mark Casse.

Miguel Mena, who was aboard Dynamic Impact for the Illinois Derby victory, is slated to be aboard when the Tiznow colt works on Saturday.

“That was the first time he rode him in a race,” said Norman Casse, assistant to his father. “He may have gotten on him last summer when he was helping us out getting on horses.”

Seventh-place Kentucky Derby finisher Ride On Curlin returned to the track at Churchill Downs for the first time since Saturday’s race.

With trainer Billy Gowan on the right and groom Bridget Lambert on the left, Daniel Dougherty’s Ride On Curlin walked from Barn 47 to the six-furlong gap where exercise rider Bryan Beccia hopped aboard.

Ride On Curlin backtracked to the finish line and then galloped an easy 1 1/8 miles.

“He was 110 percent; all systems are go,” Beccia told Gowan after the exercise. “He will do the same thing the next two days,” Gowan said. “I will probably work him a slow half when he gets to Pimlico.”

Gowan is hoping there will be a Monday plane to Baltimore and he said Ride On Curlin would not work at Churchill even if there should be no flight until Wednesday.

“I am betting on a plane for Monday,” Gowan said.

Trainer Wesley Ward reported that Pablo Del Monte jogged at Keeneland Wednesday morning and that the Giant’s Causeway colt would work over the weekend for the Preakness.

Pablo Del Monte drew into the Kentucky Derby field from the also-eligible list when Hoppertunity scratched with an injury, but Ward decided to wait for the Preakness instead of having him run from the outside post in a 20-horse field.

In six career starts, Pablo Del Monte has two wins and two thirds. He was third in his most recent race, the Blue Grass (G1,) after setting the early pace and leading into the stretch.

Preakness prospect Ring Weekend, the winner of the Tampa Bay Derby, is scheduled to breeze at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. for trainer Graham Motion.

Trainer Todd Pletcher reported Wednesday that no decision has been made on the immediate future of any of his 3-year-olds.

 

NEARLY 500 HORSES NOMINATED TO PREAKNESS WEEKEND STAKES

While the Preakness is the centerpiece of the spring meeting, fourteen other stakes races and two Maryland-bred starter handicaps will provide a weekend full of excitement for racing fans. A total of 483 horses were nominated to those added-money races. Pimlico will debut a $100,000 trainer bonus next weekend with trainers earning points based on finishes in 15 stakes races.

  • ·        May 16—Black-Eyed Susan, Pimlico Special, Miss Preakness, Jim McKay Turf Sprint, Hilltop, Skipat, Rollicking
  • ·        May 17—Preakness, Dixie, Maryland Sprint, Gallorette, 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.

The $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) and $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) headline the Friday, May 16 card that features six other stakes races. Twenty-nine three-year-old fillies were nominated to the Black-Eyed Susan, including expected starters America, Euphrosyne, Fortune Pearl and Joint Return. Thirty-right runners were nominated to the Pimlico Special, including Moreno, Frac Daddy and Carve.

Thirty-eight fillies were nominated to the $100,000 Miss Preakness Stakes. Thirty horses were nominated to the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint, including defending champion Ben’s Cat, a winner of 20 lifetime stakes races. Thirty-eight three-year-old fillies were nominated to the $100,000 Hilltop Stakes, while thirty-one fillies and mares were nominated to the $100,000 Skipat Stakes. Twenty-five two-year olds were nominated to the $75,000 Rollicking Stakes and another eleven to the $40,000 Kattegat’s Pride Starter Handicap for Maryland-breds.

The Pimlico racing office will draw the May 16 card on Sunday afternoon.

The Preakness undercard features eight added money races, including three graded. Forty-five top grass specialists were entered in the $400,000 Dixie Stakes (G2). Forty-three fillies and mares were nominated to the $150,000 Gallorette Handicap (G3). The $150,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap (G3) features thirty-five nominations. Twenty-nine three-year-old sprinters were nominated to the $100,000 Chick Lang. Forty-two three-year-olds were nominated to the $100,00 Sir Barton Stakes. Thirty-four turf specialists were nominated to the $100,000 James Murphy. Thirty female turf specialists were nominated to the $100,000 The Very One Stakes. There were twenty-one Maryland-breds on the list for the $40,000 Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap.

The Pimlico racing office will draw the May 17 card on Wednesday, May 14.

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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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Bovada gives California Chrome 2/3 odds of winning Preakness

Posted on 05 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

Horse Racing Odds

Will California Chrome win the 2014 Triple Crown?           

Yes                  +200     (2/1)

No                    -300     (1/3)

 

Will California Chrome win the 2014 Preakness?               

Yes                  -150     (2/3)

No                    +110     (11/10)

 

 

NHL Odds

 

Who will be the next Full time Head Coach of the Nashville Predators?  

Peter Laviolette                         2/1

Phil Housley                              9/4

Terry Murray                              5/1

Guy Boucher                             5/1

Dean Evason                            6/1

John Stevens                            6/1

Willie Desjardins                        6/1

NFL Draft

 

2014 NFL Draft – Will Jadeveon Clowney de drafted 1st overall?

Yes                   -500     (1/5)

No                   +300     (3/1)

 

2014 NFL Draft – How many Offensive Players will be drafted in the 1st Round?          

Over/Under                               15

 

2014 NFL Draft – How many Defensive Players will be drafted in the 1st Round?         

Over/Under                               17

 

2014 NFL Draft – How many QB’s will be drafted in the 1st round?

Over/Under                               3

 

2014 NFL Draft – How many RB’s will be drafted in the 1st round?

Over                                      ½ (+1000, 10/1)

Under                                    ½  (-2000, 1/20)

 

2014 NFL Draft – How many WR’s & TE’s will be drafted in the 1st round?

Over                                      6½ (-300, 1/3)

Under                                    6½ (+200, 2/1)

 

2014 NFL Draft – Who will be drafted 1st?

Johnny “Football” Manziel (QB Texas A&M)         -150     (2/3)

Blake Bortles (QB UCF)                                     +110     (11/10)

 

2014 NFL Draft – Who will be drafted 1st?

Khalil Mack (LB Buffalo)                                     -200     (1/2)

Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson)                          +150     (3/2)

 

2014 NFL Draft – Who will be drafted 1st?

Derek Carr (QB Fresno State)                              -140     (5/7)

Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville)                      EVEN   (1/2)

 

2014 NFL Draft – Draft Position – Johnny “Football” Manziel (QB Texas A&M)

Over                                         5½ (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       5½ (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2014 NFL Draft – Draft Position – Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson)

Over                                         4½ (+125, 5/4)

Under                                       4½  (-160, 5/8)

 

2014 NFL Draft – Draft Position – Khalil Mack (LB Buffalo)

Over                                         3½ (+150, 3/2)

Under                                       3½  (-200, 1/2)

 

2014 NFL Draft – Draft Position – Michael Sam (DE Missouri)

Over                                         125½  (-250, 2/5)

Under                                       125½ (+175, 7/4)

 

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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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Derby winner California Chrome officially confirmed for Preakness

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Posted on 04 May 2014 by WNST Staff

KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER CALIFORNIA CHROME CONFIRMED FOR PREAKNESS STAKES, HOPING TO ARRIVE AT PIMLICO MONDAY, MAY 12

BALTIMORE, 05-04-14—Kentucky Derby (G1) winner California Chrome is headed to the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 17,  bringing trainer Art Sherman back to Maryland for the first time in 55 years.

Sherman confirmed his plans to run the Lucky Pulpit colt in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown during a Sunday morning phone call with Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas and two other Preakness officials. Pimlico officials traditionally call the winner of the Kentucky Derby to extend a formal invitation to come to Baltimore.

“He came out of the race and looks really good,” Sherman said.

Although he likes to give his horses plenty of time between races, Sherman said he expects that Steven Coburn and Perry Martin’s homebred colt will be ready for the Preakness.

“Two weeks, I’ve never run him back that quick,” Sherman said. “I’m not that kind of guy. I thought even a month after the Santa Anita Derby to the Kentucky Derby was kind of quick. but he seems to respond and come back.”

California Chrome won the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby by 1 3/4 lengths with a very professional performance under veteran jockey Victor Espinoza. They sat behind the early pacesetters, Chitu and Uncle Sigh, for three quarters of a mile, moved up to contend for the lead in the second turn and kicked away from the others at the top of the stretch. It was his fifth consecutive victory.

Two Derby starters – runner-up Commanding Curve and seventh-place finisher Ride on Curlin – are candidates to face California Chrome again in the Preakness.

Trainer Wesley Ward said Pablo Del Monte is definitely on course to the Preakness and four other new shooters are considered probable. That group consists of Federico Tesio winner Kid Cruz, trained by Linda Rice; Illinois Derby (G3) winner Dynamic Impact, trained by Mark Casse; Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s Bayern, who was disqualified and placed second for interference after finishing first in the Derby Trial (G3); and Social Inclusion, who was third in the Wood Memorial (G1) in his only try in a graded stakes.

Social Inclusion’s owner Ron Sanchez said Sunday that the colt’s foot bruise that kept him out of yesterday’s Sir Bear Stakes at Gulfstream Park was improved and he is planning to ship to Baltimore on Thursday, May 8.

Trainer Graham Motion said Sunday West Point’s Ring Weekend, winner of the Tampa Bay Derby (G3) is “50-50” for the race. Ring Weekend came down with a fever last week and did not make the Derby.

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who earned his sixth Preakness victory last year with Oxbow, is considering Strong Mandate. The son of Tiznow, who finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) last year, has not run since an eighth place finish in the Arkansas Derby (G1).

Trainer Todd Pletcher did not commit any of his four Kentucky Derby starters to the Preakness. Pletcher reported that he is “going to get them back to Belmont and give it a few days.”

Pablo Del Monte earned a spot in the Derby field, but Ward opted not to start him from the outside post position and scratched. The speedy third-place finisher in the Blue Grass (G1) worked six furlongs in 1:10.80 at Keeneland Sunday and  Ward said the colt is Baltimore-bound.

“We’re so excited, we can’t even stand ourselves,” Ward said. “Yeah, I’m going. I’ve already booked the flight for my horse on the Wednesday before the Preakness.”

Sent off at odds of 37-1, West Point Thoroughbreds’ Commanding Curve rallied from 11th at the top of the stretch to finish second. It was the second year in a row that a long shot trained by Dallas Stewart picked up the second-place money. Last year, Stewart did not send Golden Soul to the Preakness, but he said Sunday that Commanding Curve is a prospect for Maryland’s signature race.

“We will see how he is. If he is OK, he’ll run; if he is not, he won’t,” Stewart said.

Trainer Billy Gowan noted that Ride on Curlin had a tough trip under jockey Calvin Borel. The first-time Derby trainer with a four-horse stable pointed to a small amount of feed that Ride On Curlin didn’t eat overnight.

“That’s pretty good after racing a mile and a quarter,” Gowan said.  “He looks good. It was just bad racing luck, bad post position. But he’s one tough horse. You’ve got to be proud of him. When he did get clear, he did come running, so that’s all you can ask, really.”

Gowan confirmed that Ride On Curlin is a strong candidate for the Preakness.

“We’ll see,” he said.  “If he bounces out of these races like he has been, I’m going to the Preakness. We’ll just see. He’s tough, so I expect him to bounce out of it good. We’ll definitely consider it.”

Dynamic Impact, a son of Tiznow owned by John Oxley, has won his last two starts. He broke his maiden on March 1 at Oaklawn Park and won the Illinois Derby on April 14 at Hawthorne Park in Chicago. Dynamic Impact breezed five furlongs in 1:00.20 at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

“I have to still talk with Mr. Oxley about it,” trainer Mark Casse said Sunday. “We said we’d discuss it after the Derby, but we were really pleased with his work Saturday. I would say there is a more likely than not chance that we’d be going.”

Sherman plans to keep California Chrome at Churchill Downs before sending him to Baltimore. Preakness officials are working with Sherman to   develop a plan to ship California Chrome to Pimlico on Monday, May 12.

“Five days at Pimlico would be perfect for me,” Sherman said. “That way I wouldn’t have to do much with him. Just school him, stand him in the gate and let him get familiarized with the surroundings.”

Sherman is based in California and said he has not been to Maryland since he rode at the old Bowie Race Course in 1959. Sherman said he rode a few races at Laurel during his 23-year career as a jockey, but has never been to Pimlico Race Course.

Though he set a record as the oldest Derby-winning trainer, Sherman, 77, is not in contention to claim that record in the Preakness: “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons was 82 when Bold Ruler won in 1957.

Surrounded by the throng of media Sunday, Sherman grinned as he reflected on California Chrome’s Derby victory, the first by a California-bred horse since Decidedly in 1962.

“It’s pretty cool, I can tell you,” he said. “You wake up in the morning and say, ‘Hey, wait a minute, I just won the Kentucky Derby.’ It’s a dream come true for me. I’ve been in the game for so long. It’s one of those things that is very rare; I never had the big stable or the money people behind me, just mom and pop operations and people that were always good friends.

“I have a lot of partnerships in horses with different people, so it’s a different ballgame for me. Beating all the big boys and maybe they had their doubts that this horse wasn’t a runner – you hear, ‘Oh, he didn’t look good on the track’ – but when you run against him you find out. He’s the real McCoy, this one.”

Alberto Delgado guided Forest Justice to victory in the Sunday opener at Pimlico. The 49-year-old, who finished second in the 1995 Preakness aboard Oliver’s Twist, rode California Chrome to two victories last year. His brother, Willie, is the exercise rider for the Derby winner.

“I haven’t talked to my brother yet,” Delgado said. “It is bittersweet. We knew he was a good horse all along. When I broke his maiden (May 17, 2013), I told them he would win the Derby. That how nice he was. I am happy for the connections. They are really good people. I hope they win the Preakness and the Belmont and think they will.”

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Derby field down to 19 with Pablo Del Monte out

Posted on 02 May 2014 by WNST Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Derby field has been reduced to 19 horses after the owners of Pablo Del Monte decided to pass on the race.

Trainer Wesley Ward said Friday the owners will wait to run in the Preakness on May 17. Ward bred and owns a 25 percent share of the colt.

Pablo Del Monte joined the field after Hoppertunity was scratched Thursday because of minor foot injury. Pablo Del Monte would have had to start from the far outside post in a field of 20. He was listed at 50-1 on the morning line and was to be ridden by Jeffrey Sanchez.

The No. 1 spot in the starting gate Saturday will be empty and the 19 horses will use posts 2 through 20.

 

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Hoppertunity out of Derby, could return in time for Preakness

Posted on 02 May 2014 by WNST Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bob Baffert is down to one horse for the Kentucky Derby after early 6-1 second choice Hoppertunity was scratched Thursday because of a sore left front foot.

The colt was to have been ridden Saturday by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.

“Bad news travels fast,” Baffert said outside his barn, where onlookers gathered as word spread around Churchill Downs. “The horse is OK. He’s just not 100 percent and it’s too close to the race, so I pulled the plug.”

Baffert first noticed signs something wasn’t quite right on Wednesday, when Hoppertunity took a few steps. The inside quarter of his left foot was sore, so part of his shoe was cut off. As the colt walked to warm up, he didn’t appear bothered. But Baffert decided to scratch him anyway.

Hoppertunity will have a full scan Thursday to eliminate any other possible problems than a sore foot, which will be soaked.

In a bit of gallows humor, Baffert joked, “We missed a Hoppertunity.”

He said the colt could return in time for the Preakness on May 17.

Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia revised the Derby morning line odds, although California Chrome remained the favorite at 5-2.

Wicked Strong, the colt named for the victims of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings, replaced Hoppertunity as the early second choice at 6-1.

Arkansas Derby winner Danza and Intense Holiday were installed as the co-third choices at 8-1. Tapiture was made the fifth choice at 12-1.

The odds for Candy Boy were lowered to 15-1 from 20-1. Louisiana Derby winner Vicar’s In Trouble, to be ridden by Rosie Napravnik, dropped to 20-1 from 30-1.

Smith will still be busy on Derby day, ridding in seven of the 13 races on the card.

“I could still have a pretty good day,” he said. “I’d rather lose it this way than something happen on the track.”

The scratch moved also-eligible horse Pablo Del Monte into the maximum 20-horse field. However, the 50-1 shot would have to start from the No. 20 post position. It wasn’t immediately known if Pablo Del Monte’s owners want to start under that condition.

“It’s amazing to have the opportunity to run,” said Wesley Ward, who trains and co-owns the colt. “With my 25 percent there is nothing I’d love better, with a horse that I bred, than to run. But I have to go with what my partners want to do.”

The original plan for Pablo Del Monte, who was third in the Blue Grass, was to wait for the Preakness. His other owners are in Europe, and Ward expected to learn their decision later Thursday or early Friday.

Hoppertunity had drawn the No. 11 post. With his scratch, the other horses in the outside starting gate all moved up one spot. Blue Grass winner Dance With Fate will now break from the 11th spot.

Baffert has another horse in the race, 20-1 shot Chitu. That colt also has had foot problems and recently threw one of his shoes.

“I’ve had a lot of luck here,” said Baffert, a three-time Derby winner, “so I can’t really complain.”

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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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Baffert says Hoppertunity has real chance to win Derby Saturday

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Baffert says Hoppertunity has real chance to win Derby Saturday

Posted on 28 April 2014 by WNST Audio

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