Tuesday, May 15 2012
PIMLICO SPECIAL RETURNS TO BOOST FRIDAY CARD
BALTIMORE, 05-14-12---After a three-year absence, the Pimlico Special returns Friday with a Grade 3 rating, a $300,000 purse and a stellar field of 10 handicap runners. Fifteen of the previous 41 winners earned Horse of the Year honors.
Seven other stakes help comprise the 13-race card including the return of the $300,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) and also featuring the $30,000 Pimlico Female Jockey Challenge, back for its second year, and the Lady Legends for the Cure Race III, a pari-mutuel event between eight retired female riders.
NINE TO LINE UP FOR 88th BLACK-EYED SUSAN
BALTIMORE, 05-14-12---On the one hand, trainer Todd Pletcher is looking for redemption. On the other, it’s all about progression. Pletcher will saddle both Disposablepleasure and In Lingerie in the 88th renewal of the $300,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) on Friday at Pimlico Race Course.
Seven other stakes help comprise the 13-race card including the return of the historic Pimlico Special (G3) and also features the $30,000 Pimlico Female Jockey Challenge, back for its second year, and the Lady Legends for the Cure Race III, a pari-mutuel event featuring eight retired female riders.
Monday, May 14 2012
Preakness News-May 13 Notes
I’LL HAVE ANOTHER’S TRAINER KEEPING BUSY IN BALTIMORE, SECRETARIAT’S JOCKEY VISITS WITH DERBY WINNER’S CREW; TIGER WALK, ZETTERHOLM TURN IN WORKOUTS AT PIMLICO
BALTIMORE -05-13-12 – In the week since Reddam Racing’s I’ll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby, trainer Doug O’Neill has been a gracious celebrity, taking part in many interviews, making appearances and posing for photos. Before his colt went to the track Sunday morning, O’Neill changed roles to a fan, happy to be able to chat with Ron Turcotte, Secretariat’s jockey.
Sunday, May 13 2012
PHYSICAL THERAPIST LENDS HELPFUL HAND TO I’LL HAVE ANOTHER
BALTIMORE, 05-12-12 – Tyler Cerin is a valued member of the I’ll Have Another team whom trainer Doug O’Neill would rather not have to use at Pimlico Race Course during preparations for the 137th Preakness Stakes.
The California-based equine physical therapist’s role is to identify and treat muscular issues that might develop with Reddam Racing’s Kentucky Derby winner. Like a physical therapist who works on humans, Cerin, 24, can serve up an assortment of treatments, including massage and controlled release stretches to relieve the tightness or soreness he finds.
Preakness News-May 12 Notes
BALTIMORE– 05-12-12 – On a sunny Saturday morning at Pimlico Race Course, trainer Doug O’Neill was very enthusiastic about Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another’s chances of winning the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.
“I’m just very pumped the way our colt is settling in and training,” O’Neill said. “I really look for him to repeat in the Preakness.”
CALIFORNIA COUPLE CAPTURES PREAKNESS 5K TITLES
BALTIMORE, 05-12-12---Preakness week unofficially started this morning at Pimlico Race Course with the running of the “Down the Stretch for SGK” Preakness 5k. All 643 runners began the race by breaking off through the starting gate. The entire 3.1 mile race took place on Pimlico property, which included one trip around the famous dirt course, finishing in the famed Infield.
Neville Davey, a 37-year-old from Menlo Park, Ca. finished in 16:01, 62 seconds ahead of Gabriel Rodriguez. Davey’s girlfriend, Heather Tanner won the female division in 18:21, 40 seconds ahead of two-time defending champion Sherry Stick.
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Saturday, May 12 2012
Preakness News-May 11 Notes
BALTIMORE– 05-11-12 – Trainer Doug O’Neill liked what he saw before, during and after I’ll Have Another’s “fantastic “gallop Friday morning at Pimlico Race Course, where the son of Flower Alley is preparing for a start in Preakness 137 on May 19.
“I’m looking for energy and for him to maintain his stride. He has such a long stride. He continues to keep that,” O’Neill said. “He’s got great energy and a great appetite. Those are the basic things I’m looking to maintain.”
Friday, May 11 2012
Preakness News-May 10 Notes
BALTIMORE, 05-10-12 – Trainer Doug O’Neill took a red-eye flight from California to watch I’ll Have Another on the track at Pimlico Race Course Thursday morning and, in a matter of minutes, his Preakness-bound colt made the overnight trip worthwhile.
I’ll Have Another was led to the track by Lava Man – a $5 million earner during his career, who is a stable pony in retirement – and galloped smartly once around the track under exercise rider Jonny Garcia. It was the first time the Flower Alley colt was allowed to gallop since he won the Kentucky Derby early Saturday evening at Churchill Downs. O’Neill went home to California on Sunday and his staff traveled with the colt to Pimlico on Monday.
Thursday, May 10 2012
Preakness News-May 9 Notes
I’LL HAVE ANOTHER JOGS MILE AT PIMLICO IN FIRST TRIP TO TRACK SINCE DERBY WIN; WENT THE DAY WELL JOGS AT FAIR HILL
BALTIMORE---05-09-12–Members of trainer Doug O’Neill’s staff liked what the saw Wednesday morning when Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another made his first trip to the track at Pimlico Race Course, the site of his next start, the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) on May 19.
Following what is a typical post-race approach, Reddam Racing’s I’ll Have Another was limited to walking for the first three days following the Derby. The program changed on day four and he was saddled and sent out for a tour of the Pimlico oval. Under exercise rider Johnny Garcia, the son of Flower Alley left the barn at 8:30 a.m., immediately following the renovation break. With a lead pony alongside he jogged once around the course, then headed back to Barn D, where he cooled out, was given a bath and returned to his stall.
Kathleen Kelly Named 2012 Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior
BALTIMORE, 05-09-12---Kathleen Kelly has been named Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior for the 137th Preakness® Stakes. Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior will serve as the official Preakness ambassador at all events leading up to and including the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown.
Pimlico Race Course and the Maryland affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, have developed a partnership to raise funds to aid awareness and research that will take place on Black-Eyed Susan Day, Friday, May 18. Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised will go to the Komen Maryland Affiliate to use for community outreach programs in Maryland and 25% will be used for life-saving breast cancer research.
Wednesday, May 09 2012
Preakness News-May 8 2012
BALTIMORE, 05-08-12 – Reddam Racing’s Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another was settled into his new home in Barn D at Pimlico Race Course Tuesday morning as the focus has shifted toward the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes on May 19.
Following what is standard procedure for a horse in the days after a race, I’ll Have Another was limited to very light exercise Tuesday morning.
Tuesday, May 08 2012
Kentucky Derby Winner I’ll Have Another Arrives At Pimlico Race Course
BALTIMORE, 05-07-12--- Kentucky Derby (G1) winner I’ll Have Another completed his journey to the Preakness Stakes at 5:07 p.m. Monday afternoon, 12 days before he will compete in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown at historic Pimlico Race Course. The 137th running of the Preakness® Stakes (G1) is Saturday, May 19.
Led by groom Benjamin Perez, the Reddam Racing LLC colt stepped off the horse van that carried him 19 miles from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to Pimlico. The Derby winner left Louisville on a Tex Sutton charter three hours earlier and got a police escort to the track from the Baltimore City Police Department.