Saturday, May 19 2012
COUP CAPTURES HILLTOP STAKES
BALTIMORE, 05-18-12 – Augustin Stable’s Coup carried John Velazquez to his third winner on Friday’s Black-Eyed Susan Day card, capturing the $100,000 Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico Race Course with a strong stretch run.
Seanchai and Anna Sophia battled for the lead in the 1 1/16 -mile test on the firm turf but could not hold off Coup in the run to the finish line. Coup prevailed by a length over Seanchai while running the distance in 1:42.71. Ainsley finished third.
SENSIBLE LADY UPSETS IN THE VERY ONE
BALTIMORE, 05-18-12 – Three Lyons Racing’s Sensible Lady upset the field in the $100,000 The Very One Stakes at 24-1 odds Friday at Pimlico Race Course.
Jockey Xavier Perez, who notched his first stakes victory at Pimlico, sent Sensible Lady after favored Inspired and the 3-year-old filly swept past the pacesetter in a flash to score by two lengths. Sensible lady ran five furlongs in :56.13 over the firm turf. Jazzy Lady rallied to be second. Inspired faded to third.
IN LINGERIE STRUTS HER STUFF IN BLACK-EYED SUSAN STAKES
BALTIMORE, 05-18-12 – Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners & Gary Barber’s In Lingerie was relentless in pursuit, wearing down front-running favorite Mamma Kimbo in deep stretch on her way to a 1 ¼-length victory in the $300,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2).
John Velazquez rode the lightly raced daughter of Empire Maker for trainer Todd Pletcher, who was also represented by the second-place finisher Disposablepleasure. The latter had to check sharply not long after the start, but she too was a determined runner in her effort to take the runner-up spot. Wildcat’s Smile rallied just behind the winner but was passed by Disposablepleasure in the final strides and finished third. Mamma Kimbo gave way late to be fourth.
NAPRAVNIK DEFENDS TURF IN JOCKEY CHALLEGE
BALTIMORE, 05-18-12 ---Rosie Napravnik made a triumphant return to the state where she kicked off her career seven years ago, winning the second edition of the $31,000 Female Jockey Challenge on Friday at Pimlico Race Course.
Napravnik, 24, won two of the four Challenge races and claimed the $10,000 top prize with a total of 34 points, 16 more than runner-up and event newcomer Tammy Piermarini. Rosemary Homeister and Maryland-based Forest Boyce tied for third with 12 points apiece.
Dominguez to Replace Desormeaux on Tiger Walk in Preakness
BALTIMORE – 5-18-12 -- Jockey Ramon Dominguez will ride Tiger Walk in the 137th Preakness Stakes Saturday, replacing Kent Desormeaux, trainer Ignacio Correas IV said Friday.
Correas trains the colt for Sagamore Farm.
FIDDLERS PATRIOT TAKES JIM MCKAY TURF SPRINT STAKES
BALTIMORE, 05-18-12 –James F. Olson & R.A. Hill Stable’s Fiddlers Patriot pressed the pacesetter from the start before drawing clear in the stretch to capture in the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico Race Course.
John Velazquez was at the controls as the son of Proud Citizen made his 2012 debut for trainer George Weaver. Super Chunky, who also raced close to the pace, finished 2 ¼ lengths back in second, while pacesetter Ju Jitsu Jax settled for third.
AGAVE KISS RUNS AWAY WITH MS. PREAKNESS PINK WARRIOR STAKES
BALTIMORE, 05-18-12 – Flying Zee Racing Stables, LLC’s Agave Kiss broke alertly and was on cruise control the rest of the way to remain undefeated in six starts with an impressive score in the $100,000 Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior Stakes.
The winner of four straight stakes, the daughter of Lion Heart carried Ramon Dominguez to a 5 ½-length victory in 1:10.40 for the six-furlong distance. Millionreasonswhy, ridden by John Velazquez, worked her way up to take second, while Ageless finished third.
Friday, May 18 2012
BOLD AFFAIR WINS SKIPAT WITH LATE RUSH
BALTIMORE, 05-18-12 – Charles Reed and Mike Zanella’s Bold Affair notched her third straight stakes win in Maryland this year when she rallied to beat four other fillies and mares in the $100,000 Skipat Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.
Trained by Howard Wolfendale and ridden by Abel Castellano Jr., the 4-year-old daughter of Two Punch settled behind the leaders down the backstretch before launching a four-wide bid heading into the lane. Bold Affair wore down Valiant Passion and Afleet Lass in the stretch while edging away to a 1 ½-length victory.
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Jennifer Rowland Small Wins Lady Legends For The Cure III Race
BALTIMORE, 05-18-12 --- Jennifer Rowland Small won 192 races as the top pioneering female rider in Maryland during the 1970s, but the biggest win on her hometown track came Friday afternoon.
The 59-year-old Small took Class Rules gate to wire to win the $45,000 Lady Legends for the Cure III race by 2 ¼ lengths at Pimlico Race Course.
Preakness News-May 18
I’LL HAVE ANOTHER, BODEMEISTER SET FOR REMATCH IN PREAKNESS, TRAINERS GIVE DERBY WINNER, RUNNER-UP THUMBS-UP AT PIMLICO
BALTIMORE , 05-18-12 -- On a clear, crisp Maryland morning, Kentucky Derby (G1) winner I’ll Have Another made an early appearance on the main track at Pimlico, jogging a half-mile and then galloping seven furlongs under exercise rider Jonny Garcia.
As I’ll Have Another headed back to the barn area a little after 6:30, trainer Doug O’Neill gave an enthusiastic thumbs-up to horse and rider.
Kattegat’s Pride Starter Handicap
BALTIMORE, 05-18-12 – Cathal A. Lynch’s Universal Language caught breakaway leader Franstein in deep stretch to win the $25,000 Kattegat’s Pride Starter Handicap, the opening race on Friday’s Black-Eyed Susan Day program at Pimlico Race Course.
A field of seven met the starter in the 1 1/16-mile test for Maryland-bred fillies and mares who had started for a claiming price of $7,500 or less in 2011-2012. Kendrick Carmouche rode the daughter of Dance with Ravens, who is trained by her owner. Franstein held on to finish second, a 1 ½ lengths behind the winner. Congaree Princess rallied to take third.
PREAKNESS DAY FEATURES GRADE 1 RACE FOR ARABIAN HORSES
BALTIMORE, 05-17-12---A field of 10 will go the gate in the $75,000-added The President of the United Arab Emirates Cup, a Grade 1 race for purebred Arabian horses on the Preakness Stakes undercard Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
To be run at 1 1/16-miles on the main track, the President of the UAE Cup will be contested between the third and fourth races, with an estimated post time of 12:02 p.m. First post on the 13-race Preakness card is 10:30 a.m. Separate win, place, show, exacta, trifecta and superfecta wagering will be taken on the special, non-numbered event.