Tuesday, May 12 2009
Preakness News-May 11 2009
MINE THAT BIRD – Trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley altered Mine That Bird’s training schedule at Churchill Downs Monday morning, when he sent his Kentucky Derby winner to the track for an impromptu half-mile workout in preparation for a start in Saturday’s 134th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.
“The horse looked good. I hadn’t planned to work him, but he was getting pretty high. He bounced back from the Derby a little quicker than I thought he would,” Woolley said. “He was getting a little rattled, he was feeling so good. We just wanted to let him stretch his legs.”
Monday, May 11 2009
Preakness News-May 10 2009
‘RACHEL’ WORKS SHARPLY IN KENTUCKY FOR MIDDLE JEWEL; TWO NEW SHOOTERS COULD EXCLUDE FILLY FROM FIELD
BALTIMORE, 05-10-09---Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra turned in a strong workout Sunday morning at Churchill Downs, but a full field of 14 Triple Crown-nominated horses could stymie plans to enter the standout filly in Saturday’s 134th running of the Preakness.
Pimlico officials had been expecting a field of 13 runners – including Rachel Alexandra – to be entered in the Preakness, but late Sunday afternoon it appeared that the filly who captured the Oaks by more than 20 lengths might be excluded from the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown by the prospect of two new shooters being entered.
Indy Express out of Preakness
Mark Allen, owner of the 135th Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, will not enter Indy Express in the 2009 Preakness Stakes.
Early this morning Allen was delivered a message to contact another owner “Our conversation consisted of congratulating me on our win in the Derby and talking about a rematch, wanting a chance to hook us on a fast surface. We laughed and joked about what a race that would be,” said Allen.
Sunday, May 10 2009
Preakness News-May 9-2009
BALTIMORE, 05-09-09---The prospective field for next Saturday’s 134th Preakness® Stakes received a boost in star power when assistant trainer Scott Blasi informed Maryland Jockey Club director of horsemen’s relations Phoebe Hayes that Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) winner Rachel Alexandra is scheduled to fly into Baltimore next Wednesday for next Saturday’s $1 million classic. A decision on whether she actually gets on the Tex Sutton plane in four days will not be made until the filly works.
The Maryland Jockey Club expects a field of 13 for the 1 3/16th mile, $1 million classic at Pimlico Race Course after Laurel Park-based trainer William Komlo announced today that Tone It Down will run, while Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey told the Maryland Jockey Club that Conservative will not.
Friday, May 08 2009
36TH ANNUAL PREAKNESS PARADE AND OTHER DOWNTOWN EVENTS SPICE UP PREAKNESS WEEK CELEBRATION
BALTIMORE, 05-08-09---The 2009 Preakness Parade of Lights will be held on Friday, May 15, at 8:30 p.m. This year the parade will feature illuminated floats, bands, giant balloons, equestrian units and the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. The 2009 Grand Marshal is Baltimore’s own Stacy Keibler, who the next day at Pimlico Race Course will be the celebrity host of the InfieldFEST, presented by Bud Light, at the 134th Preakness® Stakes.
The Preakness parade steps-off on Pratt Street and Eutaw Street and continues east on Pratt Street to Market Place. Spectators can catch the best views of the parade near the reviewing stand located on the northwest corner of Pratt and Light streets.
THE PREAKNESS FIELD CONTINUES TO TAKE SHAPE NINE DAYS BEFORE THE MIDDLE JEWEL
BALTIMORE, 05-07-09---The story continues to develop as the field for the 134th Preakness® Stakes continues to take shape. The $1 million classic is the headline event of a 13-race card at historic Pimlico Race Course next Saturday, May 16.
Trainer Larry Jones said he will ship Friesan Fire, the Kentucky Derby favorite, to Pimlico Monday, May 11 with plans to work the Louisiana Derby (Grade II) winner five-furlongs at Old Hilltop on Tuesday morning then decide if the son of A.P. Indy will run in the Preakness. The colt suffered cuts in his left front foot while getting bumped shortly after the start of the “Run for the Roses”.
PREAKNESS INFIELDFEST FEATURES THREE ROCK N ROLL PERFORMANCES
BALTIMORE, 05-07-09—The Maryland Jockey Club announced today the final roll call of events for Preakness InfieldFEST, presented by Bud Light, at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 16, 2009.
Plans for the Bud Light InfieldFEST were unveiled February 5. The day will feature a main stage concert with three rock performances, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top, Grammy-nominated Buckcherry and Maryland’s #1 Rock Band, Charm City Devils, along with The Toyota Pro Beach East Women’s Volleyball Tournament and an interactive competition including virtual NASCAR racing, where fans can win over $10,000 in prize money .
Thursday, May 07 2009
Preakness News-May 6-2009
BALTIMORE, 05-06-09---The prospective field for next Saturday’s 134th Preakness® Stakes grew by three confirmed starters when the connections of Musket Man, General Quarters and Terrain committed to the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown. The $1 million race now has nine definite starters with Big Drama the first to arrive at historic Pimlico Race Course.
Trainer Derek Ryan told Maryland Jockey Club officials that Musket Man, who finished third in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby would be Preakness bound. The Illinois Derby (Grade II) and Tampa Bay Derby (Grade III) winner has never finished off the board in seven lifetime starts.
Wednesday, May 06 2009
Preakness News-May 5-2009
FIVE-TIME WINNER D. WAYNE LUKAS WILL RETURN WITH HIS 33RD PREAKNESS STARTER
BALTIMORE, 05-05-09---Only Robert Wyndham Walden, who trained seven Preakness winners, including five straight from 1878-1882 has hoisted the Woodlawn Vase more times than D. Wayne Lukas, who has won five middle jewels. The Hall of Famer will attempt for his sixth victory in the 134th Preakness® Stakes on May 16 with Flying Private.
Flying Private, who finished second in the Grade II Lane’s End Stakes in March, finished last in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. The Equibase chart indicated the son of Fusaichi Pegasus was five wide into the first turn and within striking distance but faded after five furlongs.
Tuesday, May 05 2009
DERBY TRIAL WINNER HULL ADDED TO PREAKNESS LINEUP
BALTIMORE, 05-04-09---Unbeaten Derby Trial (Grade III) winner Hull has been added to the lineup for the 134th running of the Preakness® Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 16.
The son of Holy Bull is a perfect three-for-three this year, breaking his maiden first time out at the Fair Grounds on February 7 then defeating allowance company at Turfway Park on April 2 before his Derby Trial victory at Churchill Downs on April 25.
Monday, May 04 2009
KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER MINE THAT BIRD IS PREAKNESS BOUND
BALTIMORE, 05-04-09---Trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. informed Maryland Jockey Club officials that Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird will run in the $1 million Preakness® Stakes at historic Pimlico Race Course on May 16. The surprise winner of Saturday’s “Run for the Roses” will leave Louisville next Monday or Tuesday morning by van and upon arrival will be stabled in Stall 40, reserved for the Kentucky Derby winner, in the Pimlico stakes barn.
“It is good for the sport,” Woolley said. “You cannot have a Triple Crown winner without having the Derby winner in the Preakness. That played into our decision but the horse looks super. I have never been to Baltimore, but it looks like I won’t be able to say that in a few days.”
KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER MINE THAT BIRD’S PREAKNESS STATUS TO BE DECIDED IN THE NEXT TWO DAYS
BALTIMORE, 05-03-09---The eyes of the racing world shift from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Race Course as the Triple Crown players set their sights on Baltimore for the 134th running of the Preakness® Stakes on May 16.
This morning trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. informed a Maryland Jockey Club official that a decision on Mine That Bird, the stunning 50-1 winner of yesterday’s Kentucky Derby, will be made in a day or two.