Monday, May 09 2011
KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER ANIMAL KINGDOM RETURNS TO MARYLAND TUESDAY
BALTIMORE, 05-09-11 --- A total of 20 horses remain in consideration for the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) on Saturday, May 21.
Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Animal Kingdom is likely to have plenty of competition as the Triple Crown series moves to historic Pimlico Race Course. Six other Derby runners Nehro, Mucho Macho Man, Shackleford, Sativa, Dialed In and Midnight Interlude remain as candidates for the Preakness.
The Preakness field is limited to 14 starters.
MOTION “EXCITED” ABOUT KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER ANIMAL KINGDOM AND THE PREAKNESS STAKES
BALTIMORE, 05-08-11---The eyes of the horse racing world shift from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Race Course as the Triple Crown players set their sights on Baltimore for the 136th running of the Preakness® Stakes on Saturday, May 21.
This morning, Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Graham Motion informed Pimlico officials, including track president Tom Chuckas, that he is “excited” about Animal Kingdom’s chances in the middle jewel. Chuckas called Motion shortly after his appearance on NBC’s “Today” show to congratulate the Maryland-based conditioner on his Derby victory with the Team Valor International homebred and to personally invite him to the Preakness.
Friday, May 06 2011
Pimlico Today-Federico Tesio Stakes Advance & Rosie Naprvnik-Kentucky Derby
BALTIMORE, 05-05-11---Seven promising 3-year-olds with possible Preakness dreams will face starter Bruce Wagner in Saturday’s $75,000 Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. The $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I), the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, is Saturday, May 21.
The public Infield will be open for the Preakness Prep Infield Party from noon to 6 p.m. with concerts by The Plain White T’s and Sons of the Radio in the beer garden. Tickets for the concert are $30, including a bottomless mug for those 21 and over. Unlimited soda and water will be available for all ages.
Sunday, May 01 2011
POCKET PATCH CRUISES TO HENRY CLARK STAKES VICTORY
BALTIMORE, 04-30-11---Charles McGill’s Pocket Patch was the surprise winner of today’s feature at Pimlico Race Course, the $75,000 Henry S. Clark Stakes.
Returning to the races after a six-month absence, the Flint Stites trainee broke alertly in the one mile test which was contested over the firm turf. With Jonathan Joyce at the controls, the Partner’s Hero offspring tracked pacesetter Crimson Comic down the backstretch, forged to the lead heading into the turn and galloped home safely from there.
Saturday, April 30 2011
SARAH ROOK WINS WITH FIRST PROFESSIONAL MOUNT
BALTIMORE, 04-29-11---Ten-pound apprentice jockey Sarah Rook, who rode in an amateur race at Pimlico Race Course last week, broke her maiden with her first career mount in Friday’s second race.
Rook was aboard 7-5 favorite Emosewa for trainer Dickie Small. They were next to last entering the stretch, edged closer to the pacesetters a furlong out, then dove between runners nearing the wire and won by two lengths in 1:15.67. The Smarty Jones filly paid $4.80.
Thursday, April 28 2011
ELEVEN EXPECTED IN SATURDAY’S HENRY CLARK STAKES
BALTIMORE, 04-28-11---Graded stakes winner Baletti ships from Fair Hill Training Center on Saturday to face ten other older runners in the grassy $75,000 Henry S. Clark Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.
Baletti (2-1) was claimed by Michael Pino out of his most recent start, a victory over optional claimers at Gulfstream Park at Saturday’s one mile distance. The son of Gulch has competed in graded stakes races in eight of his last 12 starts, including a victory in the Grade III Ft. Marcy Stakes at Belmont Park last year. Luis Garcia will ride the seven-year-old who has finished on the board in 17 of 29 lifetime starts.
Sunday, April 24 2011
BALTIMORE BELLE DIGS IN FOR DAHLIA STAKES SCORE
BALTIMORE, 04-23-11---R. Larry Johnson’s Baltimore Belle wore down the frontrunner to win today’s feature at Pimlico Race Course, the $75,000 Dahlia Stakes for fillies and mares. The Dahlia had been scheduled to be run over the turf but was switched to the main track because of a drenching rain in Baltimore on Friday evening and Saturday morning.
Julian Pimentel was atop Baltimore Belle for trainer Mike Trombetta. He kept the filly racing comfortably in third through the far turn before circling wide into the lane and driving past Volare Cantare a furlong from the wire and catching Weeper in deep stretch. Baltimore Belle won by 1-3/4 lengths and completed the 1-1/16th mile distance in 1:46.69.
Friday, April 22 2011
DAHLIA STAKES HEADLINES SATURDAY’S 11-RACE CARD
BALTIMORE, 04-21-11---Eleven fillies and mares have been entered in Saturday’s feature attraction at Pimlico Race Course, the $75,000 Dahlia Stakes, which is scheduled for one mile over the turf. First post for the 11-race card is 1:10 p.m.
Nine of the eleven are making their first start of the year on the grass, including the 9-5 favorite Daveron. Graham Motion trains the German-bred, who won two races in New York last year. The 6-year-old mare came into the Motion barn in late summer and won Belmont Park’s 1-1/4 mile Scoot Stakes, followed by a runner-up finish in the mile and one half Grade III Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct. Eddie Castro was aboard both times and retains the mount.
Tuesday, April 19 2011
PREAKNESS 5K SET FOR SATURDAY, MAY 14
Entire Race Takes Place At Pimlico Race Course With Proceeds Benefitting The Maryland Affiliate Of Susan G. Komen For The Cure®
BALTIMORE, 04-18-11---The Maryland Jockey Club and sports marketing and event management company Corrigan Sports Enterprises, Inc. (CSE) announced today the return of the “Down the Stretch for SGK” Preakness 5k. The race will take place Saturday, May 14 at Pimlico Race Course with part of the proceeds benefitting the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
For the second consecutive year runners will be able to compete on the historic Pimlico dirt course, where champion thoroughbreds like Secretariat and Seabiscuit once ran, and finish in the legendary Infield. In 2010, nearly 600 runners took part with Steve Jacobs, from Linthicum, Md., taking overall top honors in an impressive time of 17:42. Sherry Stick of Eldersburg, Md. (19:36) was the female champion.
Friday, April 15 2011
BLUEGRASS ATATUDE “IMPRESSIVE” IN WINNING FIRST TWO-YEAR-OLD RACE OF THE YEAR
BALTIMORE, 04-15-11---The first race for 2-year-olds in Maryland this year was won today at Pimlico Race Course by the promising filly Bluegrass Atatude, who is trained by John Salzman, Jr. This was the third year in a row that Salzman had won the first baby race of the season, following future stakes winners Gator Prowl and Twelve Pack Shelly. Ten of the last 12 years, the winner of the first juvenile race in the state has been conditioned by a Salzman (John Sr., Tim or John Jr.).
Bluegrass Atatude, a chestnut daughter of Two Punch, was the second choice in the wagering in the 4-1/2 furlong test on the main track. She had produced three bullet workouts leading up to her debut.
Thursday, April 14 2011
SATURDAY’S PRIMONETTA STAKES A WIDE-OPEN AFFAIR
BALTIMORE, 04-14-11---Saturday’s $75,000 Primonetta Stakes at Pimlico Race Course might bring together as many as seven fillies and mares, depending on who stays and who goes elsewhere. Both Sweet Goodbye and Five Diamonds are cross-entered in Saturday night’s $250,000 Sugar Maple Stakes at Charles Town .
Neither Sweet Goodbye nor Five Diamonds is the program favorite in the six-furlong Primonetta. That honor goes to Wind Caper (8-5), who ships to Pimlico from Michael Hushion’s barn at Belmont Park. The daughter of Touch Gold rose from the claiming ranks to post three straight on-the-board finishes against stakes company this winter in New York. Sheldon Russell picks up the mount.
Monday, April 11 2011
97-1 SHOT WINS SUNDAY’S THIRD RACE IN THREE-WAY PHOTO FINISH
BALTIMORE, 04-10-11---Wesley Ho and Helvi didn’t see the lead until the very last jump, but when the photo was made official, the Lori Testerman trained runner had lit up the odds board in Pimlico Race Course’s third race on the Sunday afternoon card at odds of 97-1, winning a three-way blanket finish over Patrol Leader and Night Trooper.
A field of ten $5,000 claimers contested the six-furlong event. Helvi was listed at 30-1 on the program, with just two victories in 26 starts and started from the outside post.