Wednesday, May 13 2015


PREAKNESS NEWS & NOTES - 5.13


Five Preakness Entrants En Route from Kentucky to Pimlico
Baffert Awaits Arrivals of American Pharoah, Dortmund
Mr. Z Sold, Entered in Preakness Stakes
Firing Line ‘Fit and Fresh’ for Preakness Stakes
Divining Rod: The Name Game
Corrales Confident Bodhisattva Ready to Step Up

BALTIMORE – Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah boarded a plane bound for Baltimore-Washington International Airport following a quiet Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs.






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Tuesday, May 12 2015


Preakness Weekend News & Notes - 5.12


Rested Commissioner Takes Aim at Pimlico Special (G3)
Shrinking Violet, Emotional Kitten Breeze for Saturday Stakes
Allaire DuPont (G3) Contender Queen’s Blade a World Traveler
Fortune Pearl Up for Rematch with Stopchargingmaria in DuPont

BALTIMORE – Seven weeks after delivering a career-best performance to win his first graded stakes, WinStar Farm’s Commissioner can make it two in a row in Friday’s $300,000 Sagamore Racing Pimlico Special (G3).





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Preakness News & Notes - 5.12


American Pharoah, Dortmund Looking Good in Morning Gallops
Firing Line Completes Preakness Preparation at Churchill
Materiality Removed from Preakness Consideration
Javier Castellano Picks Up Mount on Divining Rod
Danzig Moon Full of Energy for Preakness
Bodhisattva Seeking to Make Name for Himself

BALTIMORE – Zayat Stables’ Kentucky Derby (G1) winner American Pharoah and Kaleem Shah’s third-place Derby finisher Dortmund galloped 1 ½ miles on a mild Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs.





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Monday, May 11 2015


Preakness Notes 5.11


Baffert Joins Preakness Contenders at Churchill
Pletcher Decision on Preakness Due Tuesday Morning
Firing Line Open Gallops a Second Day
Bodhisattva True Success Story for Owner/Trainer
Danzig Moon, Tale of Verve Continue Preakness Preparation at Churchill

BALTIMORE – Five-time Preakness-winning trainer Bob Baffert was back at Churchill Downs Monday morning to get his first live look in a week at Zayat Stables’ Kentucky Derby (G1) winner American Pharoah and Kaleem Shah’s third-place finisher Dortmund.





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Saturday, May 09 2015


Man o’ War (G1) Quotes


Tom Albertrani, winning trainer of Twilight Eclipse (No. 4): "It's been very satisfying for everybody that's involved and for his connections to [finally] get that Grade 1. I know we've been beaten in a couple of spots but he shows up every time. I think [in previous races], the horses were just that good; you know you have horses like Main Sequence. Without a horse like [that] in the race, this horse looks like a champion himself, but to his credit he did train really well coming into this race. I thought we would have had a little bit of a harder time, especially with the slow fractions, but he was able to get there."





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Ruffian Handicap (G2) Quotes


Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Wedding Toast (No. 1a): "The last couple times [jockey Jose Lezcano] was down on the inside and had to ask her early in the race, and they were going fast at seven furlongs. Today, I liked the race shape today and the way he rode her. She's a pretty talented filly.





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Peter Pan (G2) Quotes


Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Madefromlucky (No. 2) and third-place finisher and beaten favorite Two Weeks Off (No. 4): "The Belmont Stakes is something we'd talked about a while back. We felt [Madefromlucky] would keep going and going and going. We wanted to find out where he fit and the Peter Pan has historically been a good prep for the Belmont. He earned his way in if he comes out of this well and trains accordingly."





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Black-Eyed Susan News & Notes - May 9


Top Billing Breezes Saturday for Sagamore Racing Pimlico Special (G3)
Ahh Chocolate Puts in Final Work for Black-Eyed Susan (G2)
Luminance Shines in Black-Eyed Susan Breeze
Busy Morning for Preakness Weekend Undercard Stakes Contenders

BALTIMORE – Will Farish and E.J. Hudson Jr.’s Top Billing breezed Saturday at Belmont Park in preparation for his return to stakes company in the $300,000 Sagamore Racing Pimlico Special (G3) on Friday, May 15.





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Preakness News & Notes - 5.9.15


Danzig Moon Confirmed for Start in 140th Preakness Stakes
Divining Rod Breezes Half Mile at Fair Hill Training Center
American Pharoah, Dortmund, Firing Line Gallop at Churchill

BALTIMORE – Assistant trainer Norman Casse confirmed Saturday morning that John Oxley’s Danzig Moon will ship from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Race Course to compete in the 140th Preakness Stakes (G1) on May 16.





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Barn Notes: Sat 5/9


FIFTH-PLACE KENTUCKY DERBY FINISHER DANZIG MOON A GO FOR THE PREAKNESS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 9, 2015) – Danzig Moon, the fifth-place finisher in last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), will continue on the Triple Crown trail.

“We are going,” said Norman Casse, assistant to his father, trainer Mark Casse. “He came out of the Derby really well and deserves one more chance.”





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Friday, May 08 2015


Preakness Notes 5.8


Tale of Verve’s Connections Taking Serious Look at Preakness
American Pharoah, Dortmund, Firing Line Gallop toward Preakness
Status Quo for Preakness Probable Mr. Z; Danzig Moon Possible
Pletcher Still Evaluating Quartet of 3-Year-Olds


BALTIMORE – Trainer Dallas Stewart and owner Charles Fipke’s decision on Tale of Verve’s status for the 140th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course May 16 will likely rest on their analysis of last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1).





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Palace Malice returns to face stiff competition in Diablo


ELMONT, N.Y. - Having missed last Saturday's Grade 3 Westchester due to a bruised foot, 2013 Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice will now make his 2015 debut facing an accomplished field of opponents in Sunday's $100,000 Diablo stakes at Belmont Park.





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