Thursday, May 15 2014
Preakness News-May 15 Notes
CALIFORNIA CHROME CHECKS OUT FINE AFTER COUGHING;
BAFFERT LOOKING FOR CONTINUED SUCCESS WITH NAPRAVNIK;
RING WEEKEND JOINS THE PREAKNESS PARTY AT PIMLICO; AZPURUA SEEKS PREAKNESS HISTORY WITH SOCIAL INCLUSION
CALIFORNIA CHROME – Kentucky Derby (G1) winner California Chrome is being treated for the recurrence of a minor throat irritation that his connections say will not affect his preparation for the 139th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course Saturday.
Cutler could produce historic mile
Harness racing fans could witness the first sub-1:50 trotting race on a mile track Saturday at the Meadowlands, but if not then, it is probably just a matter of time.
Saturday’s $175,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for older trotters features a speedy group of 10 horses, including newly minted world champion Sebastian K. The former Swedish star won his Cutler elimination last week, which was his North American debut, in a world-record-equaling 1:50.1.
Wednesday, May 14 2014
Preakness Post Position Draw
CALIFORNIA CHROME FAVORED AT 3-5 FOR SATURDAY’S PREAKNESS STAKES
Kentucky Derby Winner Draws No. 3 Post Position in a Field of 10
BALTIMORE, 05-14-14---Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome was installed as the 3-5 favorite for Saturday’s $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course following Wednesday’s Post Position Draw for the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.
Hambletonian hopefuls hit track in sire stakes action
A total of 25 Hambletonian eligible 3-year-old male trotters will be in action on the New Jersey and Pennsylvania sire stakes circuits this week.
Pennsylvania kicks it off Thursday with three divisions of sire stakes at Harrah’s Philadelphia. The Hambletonian eligible trotters entered are, in alphabetical order: Auspicious Hanover, Datsyuk, Don Dorado, Exodus Hanover, Fashion Tagman, JJ Alex, Journey, Keystone Wasabi, Kumbaya De Vie, Nuncio, Outburst, Raise The Curtain, and Sarcastic Man.
Tuesday, May 13 2014
Gulfstream: Rainbow 6 Mandatory Payout Set For Memorial Day, May 26
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Gulfstream Park announced today there will be a mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 on Monday, May 26.
The 20-cent wager, which had a carryover entering Saturday of $5.9 million, has not been hit since Jan. 10 and could hit a record $6 million by this weekend. If there is no single winning ticket on the Rainbow 6 through Sunday, May 25, the total pool on Memorial Day could be anywhere from $10 to $20 million.
Saturday, May 10 2014
Peter Pan (G2) Quotes
Christophe Clement, winning trainer of Tonalist (No. 4): "Joel [Rosario] makes all the calls on track. Obviously, he broke a tad slow so he sent him and showed more speed than expected, but he was just galloping along easily. You could see he was striding very well. What impressed me was the last eighth of a mile, when he opened up again. I thought he was fit [coming off the layoff]. I was very worried about the wet track. I don't breeze my horses on the wet track so that was a complete question mark. He answered that pretty nicely. This win is nice, it's great; Mr. [Robert] Evans is very happy. Let's see how the horse comes out of it, but of course we have to think about the Belmont Stakes [Grade 1, $1.5 million, June 7]. We're New York people and we're at Belmont."
Tom Durkin announces retirement
ELMONT, N.Y. - Track announcer Tom Durkin, who has been bringing his special brand of excitement to The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit since 1990, announced today he will call his last race at Saratoga Race Course on August 31, bringing a 43-year career to a close.
Friday, May 09 2014
Preakness News-May 9 Notes
GENERAL A ROD CONFIRMED FOR 139TH PREAKNESS STAKES
Social Inclusion Jogs, Gallops at Pimlico; California Chrome ‘Strong’; Monday Flight Confirmed Bringing Derby Winner, Ride On Curlin & General a Rod To Pimlico
BALTIMORE, 05-09-14 – The list of prospects for the 139th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course on May 17 grew to 10 Friday when Jack Wolf of Starlight Racing confirmed that General a Rod would compete in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.
PREAKNESS HOPEFULS GALLOP
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, May 9, 2014) – The five horses under consideration for next Saturday’s $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (GI) stabled at Churchill Downs galloped Friday morning.
California Chrome, winner of the 140th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), galloped an easy 1 ½ miles shortly before 7 o’clock with regular morning partner Willie Delgado aboard.
Thursday, May 08 2014
Preakness News-May 8 Notes
SOCIAL INCLUSION MAKES PREAKNESS SCENE AT PIMLICO
Azpurua to Seek Historic Win May 17; California Chrome Gallops at Churchill; Sanchez To Ride Pablo Del Monte
BALTIMORE, 05-08-14---The 77-year-old Art Sherman, who became the oldest trainer to saddle a Kentucky Derby winner last Saturday with California Chrome, is just a kid to Manny Azpurua. The 85-year-old South Florida-based trainer was on hand at Pimlico Race Course Thursday morning for the arrival of his stable star, Social Inclusion, who is scheduled for a run in the 139th Preakness Stakes on May 17.
KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER CALIFORNIA CHROME GALLOPS
LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, May 8, 2014) – Steve Coburn and Perry Martin’s Kentucky Derby (Grade I) hero California Chrome galloped 1 ½ miles with Willie Delgado aboard shortly before 7 o’clock Thursday morning at Churchill Downs.
California Chrome stood in the gap leading to the track for about five minutes and did not move a muscle as photographers recorded the scene and horses went to and from the track. After the exercise, California Chrome walked quietly back to Barn 20.
Seven sophomores set to soar in Peter Pan
ELMONT, N.Y. - With an eye towards the 146th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, seven 3-year-olds will line up in the starting gate on Saturday for the Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan, Belmont Park's traditional prep race for the June 7 "Test of the Champion."